#TheFutureIsYours Strengthening European democracy
An appointment with history. Remembering and designing the future. 9 May 1950, Schumann Declaration, 9 May 1978, death of Aldo Moro, 9 May 2021 launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Event report available
Three dates marked and will mark the political future of Italy and Europe. I am the thread leading to a thematic focus that will be held on the social media channels of the ACLI and the Bergamo European Federalist Movement. The following will take part in the debate: Daniele rocchetti (President Acli Bergamo); Michele Busi (President of Brescia Documentation Centre); Piero Graglia (Professor of History of International Relations); Anna Costa (MFE Lombardy Regional Secretary). The meeting is promoted by the Coordination “For a Federal Democratic and Solidarity Europe”, which includes the following cultural and social associations in Bergamo: ACLI, ANPI, Associazione Innova Bergamo, New Project Cultural Centre, Serughetti la Porta Foundation, Cgil, Cisl, Uil trade unions, Gritti Minetti Foundation, Zaninoni Foundation, Freedem, Young Democrats, European Federalist Movement, Bergamo Section. The event is open to everyone and you can follow it on the Facebook page of the Bergamo section of the European Federalist Movement and on the Youtube channel of the Bergamo Acli.
Event reportThere has been a meeting between various cultural, political and trade union associations of the territory of Bergamo to promote the participation of citizens in key EU issues. The occasion was taken of Europe Day, the inauguration of the Conference on the Future of Europe and the anniversary of Aldo Moro’s death (9 May) to organise an online event and a site in the square to trace some historical moments of the past and explore them in the light of the challenges of the present. Indeed, designing the future by recalling history means forming part of the flow of political thinking that has characterised the evolution of Europe, from the Carbone and Steel Community to the European Community and the current European Union. Some of the objectives of this event were: publicising the origins of Europe Day; the aims of the Conference on the Future of Europe; and to recall a historical figure of Italian politics that was killed by a terrorist act on 9 May 1978. The event was broadcast on social media platforms of the MFE section of Bergamo and ACLI province of Bergamo and saw several personalities talking about three main topics: the figure of Aldo Moro, the Schumann Declaration and the Conference on the Future of Europe. The event was designed to have a dissemination/participative character among a general public interested in European affairs and to be able to be seen via social media even after live presentation. At the time of drafting the report, around 700 people were reached, considering live participants and delayed participants through viewing on social media channels and a good number of positive comments. The participants reflected the initial desire of the organisers to reach out to a broad audience with the participation of different people in terms of gender, age and work. The above topics, which led the participants to come forward with concrete proposals, were discussed during the event and at the following site. Participants shared doubts as to whether the current EU structures and priorities could be adapted to the challenges of the present. According to the present, the weaknesses and weaknesses can be overcome by the achievement of a political Europe. This has led to the sharing of a key question: can Europe pursue the idea of a federation that brings together the people of Europe on key issues of a global dimension, without abandoning its own national identity, built over many years and sometimes at the cost of human lives? This question led the participants to agree in the affirmative and to firmly call for a federal, sovereign and democratic Europe. The figure of Aldo Moro was remembered during the event as a stator able to make the necessary political convergence towards a shared common good. A man of dialogue and mediation, who is also able to indicate the path of the “common good” and to keep the focus on the fundamental values of society. The historical and political context of 9 May 1 950 set the scene for Robert Schuman, who was able to express the political will that the founding fathers of the Economic Coal and Steel Community wanted to give to the creation of a future Europe, united against war and peace. The political thoughts of Altiero Spinelli, who in the Ventotene Manifesto of 7 years ago, spoke out the terms and objectives of a future Federal Europe that could go beyond the form of the national states, were highlighted. While not taking full advantage of this inspiration, the Schuman Declaration, in some way, spells out its basic idea, but takes it as a pathway to the start of a road that could lead to greater convergence of national states towards European integration. In the rapidly changing world, Member States need to join forces to build a European entity capable of responding adequately to the challenges. During the event, it emerged that it is convenient for the national states to transfer part of their sovereignty to a shared body, able to gain strength and influence on the global scene that affects and defend the values on which their community is founded. Participants converge on ideas from federalist thinking and understand that the Conference on the Future of Europe is the right opportunity to put the reforms needed to meet the demand for a stronger and more effective Europe at the heart of the European institutions. It has shared the need and urgency to provide the European level with the power to raise the financial resources necessary to carry out genuine European projects. It has also emerged that the European Parliament should be given the power to initiate legislation.
Report inappropriate content
Is this content inappropriate?