The European Movement in Rome on 25 March

The European Movement International will be marking the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty and using it as an opportunity to renew support for the European project and craft a way forward for our Union. We hope that you can join us.

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What we are planning in Rome

Forum on the Future of Europe

On 25 March from 8.45-12.00 we will hold a political forum together with our members UEF and JEF and for our members, gathering personalities from politics, civil society and culture. We want to create an open space where our members can share ideas about the future of Europe. The discussion will feature personalities from politics, civil society, academia and intellectuals and it will function as a forum for debate on the direction our Union should take. The forum will take place at the Centro Congressi Roma Eventi (Piazza di Spagna), Via Alibert 5A, 00187 Rome.


8.45 – 9.00 Welcome Remarks
• Jo LEINEN MEP, President of the European Movement International (EMI)
• Elmar BROK MEP, President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF)
• Isabelle DURANT, President of The Spinelli Group

9.00 – 9.10 Opening Address
• Sandro GOZI, Italian Undersecretary of State for European Affairs

9.10 – 10.25 Panel Discussion
• Daniel INNERARITY, Philosopher and essayist
• Kalypso NICOLAIDES, Director Centre International Studies, Oxford University
• Jean QUATREMER, Journalist (tbc)
• Eugenio SCALFARI, Journalist and writer, founder of La Repubblica
• Albert SOLÉ, Film director, Goya Prize winner
• Loukas TSOUKALIS, Professor of European integration, University of Athens

10.30 – 11.45 Panel Discussion
• Romano PRODI, former President of the European Commission and Italian Prime Minister
• Emma BONINO, former European Commissioner and Italian Foreign Minister
• Danuta HÜBNER MEP, Chair of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament
• Guy VERHOFSTADT MEP, European Parliament Brexit Negotiator and President of the ALDE Group
• Marcin ŚWIĘCICKI, Member of the Polish Parliament, President of the European Movement Poland

11.45 – 12.20 Plenary Discussion
• Markku MARKKULA, President of the European Committee of the Regions
• Emily O’REILLY, European Ombudsman
• Mercedes BRESSO MEP
• Silvia COSTA MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Culture Committee
• Monica FRASSONI, Co-Chair of the European Green Party
• Luis ALVARADO MARTINEZ, President of the European Youth Forum
• Frederick VALIER, Secretary General, Council of European Municipalities and Regions
• Jeremy WATES, Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau

March for Europe

The debate will be followed by the March for Europe at 13.00, which we invite you to join as a symbolic act of public support and action for the European ideal, under so much challenge today. We all acknowledge our Union is not perfect, there is plenty the EU does we disagree with. This march is aimed at celebrating the values that underpin the European ideal and call for their defence and for their re-enforcement. We have the whole year to be constructive critics of the EU’s shortcomings. We want to take just one day to say that the idea of Europe is worth marching for.

Programme for the March for Europe

11.00 – 13.00 GATHERING AT DEPARTURE POINT – Piazza Bocca della Verità
13.00 – 14.00 OPENING SPEECHES
14.00 – 14.30 MARCH
14.30 END OF THE MARCH – Colosseum – Constantine Arch

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