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The European Decade: between internal policy and enlargement in the East
The debate "The European Decade: between internal politics and enlargement to the east", as part of the Fair "Ricomincio dai Libri" that takes place in Naples on 25 and 26 September 2021 in the Galleria Principe. The debate forms part of the process of discussion and active participation launched by the European institutions under the name Conference on the Future of Europe, aimed at fostering the sharing of ideas among European citizens, democracy and dialogue and is organised by the Association Noi@Europe under the partnership agreement with the EUROPE DIRECT Naples Information Centre for the period 2021-2025. The discussion will focus on issues such as the economic and social policies within the European Union and the international projection of the European Union, with particular reference to the policy of enlargement to the Balkan states, in order to foster a greater understanding and knowledge of the internal and international dynamics of the EU, stimulating discussion and debate on the future challenges facing Member States and European institutions over the next decade.The details of the initiative will be given below: “The European Decade: between internal politics and enlargement in the East" Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 16:30 Galleria Principe (Naples) Introduction: Centro EUROPE DIRECT Napoli Modera: Martina Romanello, Welfare Community Manager Interventions: Adriano Cozzolino, researcher Marco Siragusa, journalist and expert of Balkans
Galleria Principe di Napoli, 80135 Napoli NA, Italia
The Galleria Principe di Napoli is located in the center of Naples, a few steps from metro line 1 and 2 and in front of the MANN (the National Archaeological Museum of Naples).
Event reportOn Sunday 26 September from 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Galleria Principe in Naples, a debate entitled "The European Decade: between internal politics and enlargement in the East" organised by the Association Noi@Europe and Europe Direct Naples during the review Ricomincio dai Libri. The meeting, part of a wider process of discussion and active participation launched by the European institutions under the name “Conference on the Future of Europe”, saw an introductory speech by Europe Direct Naples that explained to the public the activities carried out by the centre and the path of discussion that is involving so many realities at European level. The debate then continued with the intervention of two researchers with experts in internal policies within the European Union, with a particular focus on economic and governance aspects, and foreign policy, with particular reference to the EU’s policy of enlargement to the Balkans. The discussion highlighted some key issues of the present and the future of Europe: from the need for greater democraticity of the institutions through, for example, an extension of the role of the European Parliament, to the possible positive effects of the Next Generation EU plan in boosting more sustainable growth both in environmental and social terms. Other topics covered were the consequences of the economic crisis that broke out in 2008 and of the pandemic in relations between the states and the European institutions. On enlargement policy, the main topics discussed were the relationship between the EU and the Balkan partners, both in political terms and in economic and trade relations. The interventions have also highlighted the need for more concrete action by the Member States and the institutions to overcome what experts have long identified as “enlargement fatigue” which has caused a dangerous stalemate in the transition process involving the Balkan countries. Among the ideas that emerged, in addition to those already mentioned, there is also the hope of a more active role of the Union in the creation of an increasingly multipolar world that considers other global actors (China and Russians in the first place) as possible partners rather than as competitors to be afraid of. This is also dictated by the important economic relations between the EU and these countries and the possibility of creating a new climate of relaxation and collaboration to meet the challenges of the coming decades. The meeting saw the participation of about 15 people equally distributed by gender, with a very young average age (25-26 years) demonstrating the interest of young people in the topics covered. The overall atmosphere was rather positive with several questions from the public about the most important issues of the current historical phase such as solidarity between states in a period of deep crisis or the Union’s ability to cope with a rapidly changing world.
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