In Spring Ago­ra Enschede, he was torn between apply­ing for Juridi­cal Com­mis­sion and Comité Directeur. Even if he chose to run for CD, Giuseppe Aquili­no still had the dream to join the Juridi­cal Com­mis­sion (JC). In Ago­ra Kraków he will try to make his dream come true, run­ning for a place in the com­mis­sion. Check out his inter­view. 

Fird­e­vs Çazım: How would you describe your­self?
Giuseppe Aquili­no: I am detail-ori­ent­ed, punc­tu­al and, some­times, a bit too accu­rate. That’s why I take a lit­tle bit more time than the oth­ers in doing stuff. On the oth­er hand, I always try to solve prob­lems in the best way pos­si­ble: I don’t like to be super­fi­cial in doing stuff. Being part of JC could mean this: be accu­rate, because peo­ple have to receive punc­tu­al and detailed answer from JC.

Why are you inter­est­ed in apply­ing for the JC?
Being a com­mis­sion­er was a dream I couldn’t real­ize last year because there was a fight inside me between apply­ing for JC or CD and I chose CD — also because I was sure the peo­ple who ran last year are great. So it con­tin­ued to be my dream that I am try­ing to real­ize this year. I decid­ed to run because I trust in the work of this com­mis­sion and I want to con­tin­ue it in the best way pos­si­ble and improve it if pos­si­ble.

What would be your main objec­tive as mem­ber of JC?
As i said in my pro­gram, my main task is focus­ing more on trans­paren­cy, faster prob­lem res­o­lu­tion and good capac­i­ty of giv­ing a prop­er answer to ques­tions relat­ed to juridi­cal mat­ters inside AEGEE and CIA.

You worked as a sub­com­mis­sion­er of the JC in 2016. Could you briefly describe your expe­ri­ences? And why you didn’t repeat the expe­ri­ence the fol­low­ing year?
My expe­ri­ence was awe­some: I start­ed to help my com­mis­sion in proof­read­ing statutes, man­ag­ing elec­tions of com­mit­tees and be active dur­ing my two Ago­ras as sub­com­mie. I don’t deny I applied the fol­low­ing year. Just the com­mis­sion­ers want­ed to give the pos­si­bil­i­ty to the oth­er appli­cants to have this expe­ri­ence too. I total­ly agreed because it’s an expe­ri­ence that every law stu­dent should have!

You men­tion trans­paren­cy between CIA and AEGEE in your appli­ca­tion. Con­sid­er­ing the non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment (NDA) bond­ing, what would you con­tribute if you were elect­ed?
Prob­a­bly my sen­tence was mis­un­der­stood: I men­tioned trans­paren­cy. It means, in my opin­ion, that deci­sions have to be explained, and peo­ple have to know why their pro­pos­als were reject­ed, or their statutes were proof­read in a spe­cif­ic way rather than anoth­er. I know very well the NDA bond­ing, but it doesn’t mean that we can­not explain at all why we take some deci­sions.

Con­sid­er­ing the new reg­u­la­tion regard­ing the mem­ber of JC appoint­ed to Med­Com, would you like to take up this task? If yes, what is your rel­e­vant expe­ri­ence in con­flict res­o­lu­tion and medi­a­tion?
I think that this deci­sion has to be tak­en after the elec­tion and if I will be elect­ed. Of course, if the oth­er com­mis­sion­ers agree it will be me tak­ing up the task, I would do my best. I have some sort of expe­ri­ence in con­flict res­o­lu­tion, but out­side AEGEE, such as con­do­mini­um law­suits or work con­cil­i­a­tions or civ­il medi­a­tions that can be decid­ed by an expert in law.

How would you like to improve the com­mu­ni­ca­tion between bod­ies before the Ago­ra? Con­sid­er­ing your expe­ri­ence, what do you think didn’t work?
This is a very hard ques­tion. In my opin­ion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the key and bod­ies have just to think that we all are vol­un­teers, we do what we do because we love AEGEE and its vision. We don’t have to fight or to think that oth­er peo­ple are wrong or some­thing. We just have to under­stand why peo­ple act­ed like that and under­stand if it’s good for AEGEE or not, speak­ing about pro­pos­als. The JC also has to explain the rea­sons why some­thing is wrong or not, accord­ing to the CIA. Don’t for­get also that the CIA was made from AEGEEans before us and some­times it’s nor­mal that we have to change some­thing. Laws change… In Italy we say that “Law is alive”. Now, I don’t want to be rude, but I think that Euro­pean bod­ies in AEGEE some­times for­get the main point of our asso­ci­a­tion: Bor­der­less Europe. Doesn’t mat­ter who makes the best pro­pos­als, if CD or SUCT or any oth­er body. The impor­tant is to reach this vision. The JC has to check if pro­pos­als are made in a prop­er lan­guage or not. It has also the job to com­mu­ni­cate what’s wrong and how to solve it.

Why should peo­ple vote for you?
Peo­ple shouldn’t vote for me. I mean, peo­ple should vote for our pro­grams — in this case, mine. If they like it, if they trust I can do that, if they think it’s good for AEGEE, they could con­sid­er to vote for me. I love this asso­ci­a­tion, I love our vision, which is my vision. I also love law and JC. I can’t promise I will solve all the prob­lems that AEGEE could have, but I can promise that I will put all of myself in this job and in this com­mis­sion if elect­ed.

Questions from the Network

Ques­tion one: In your pro­gram you men­tion increas­ing the trans­paren­cy of the work. Giv­en the con­fi­den­tial­i­ty of the infor­ma­tion the Com­mis­sion works with, how do you think it can be increased?
In my pro­gram I said “My goal is focused on trans­paren­cy, faster prob­lems res­o­lu­tion and good capac­i­ty of giv­ing a prop­er answer to ques­tions relat­ed to juridi­cal mat­ters inside AEGEE and CIA.” With “trans­paren­cy”, I mean trans­paren­cy in how do we act, trans­paren­cy in explain­ing what doesn’t work. Of course I will not break the NDA, of course I don’t want to share con­fi­den­tial infor­ma­tion.

Ques­tion two: How do you plan to achieve the goal of improv­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion between JC and Chair Team with CD?
I think we can do it if we start to coop­er­ate, and not being “self­ish”. JC, CT, CD and every Euro­pean Body have to be close to the oth­er bod­ies and sup­port them and not think­ing on how to reply to provo­ca­tions, or “what to do if some oth­er body attacks me”. I don’t like when peo­ple start to think “dur­ing this Ago­ra I’ll take pop­corn” or some­thing like that. It’s not a war, it’s an asso­ci­a­tion. “We here­by declare these prin­ci­ples to be fun­da­men­tal to us: Coop­er­a­tion between peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties begins with dia­logue and mutu­al under­stand­ing. We bring togeth­er stu­dents from all regions of Europe and cre­ate friend­ships that break stereo­types and prej­u­dices”. I want to remind bod­ies of these quotes from AEGEE’s State­ment of Prin­ci­ples. We cre­ate friends, not ene­mies. “A strong Europe is built upon the foun­da­tions of respect, tol­er­ance and sol­i­dar­i­ty.”

Writ­ten by Fird­e­vs Çazım, AEGEE-Hatay

You can read Giuseppe Aquilino’s full can­di­da­ture here.

Check also the inter­views with the oth­er two can­di­dates for Juridi­cal Com­mis­sion: Lisette Kun­st, AEGEE-Gronin­gen, and Veroni­ka Chmelárová, AEGEE-Berlin

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