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The European Movement in Rome on 25 March

On 25 March 2017 the European Movement International marked the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty, using it as an opportunity to renew support for the European project and craft a way forward for our Union.

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We have also created a number of flashcards showing the EU’s achievements incorporated in the Treaty of Rome. See more here:

What we are planning in Rome

Forum on the Future of Europe
On the morning of 25 March we held political forum together with our members UEF and JEF and for our members, gathering personalities from politics, civil society and culture. We wanted to create an open space where our members can share ideas about the future of Europe. The discussion featured personalities from politics, civil society, academia and intellectuals and functioned as a forum for debate on the direction our Union should take. The forum took place at the Centro Congressi Roma Eventi (Piazza di Spagna), Via Alibert 5A, Rome.




  • Isabelle DURANT, President of The Spinelli Group
  • Elmar BROK, Member of the European Parliament, President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF)
  • Jo LEINEN, Member of the European Parliament, President of the European Movement International (EMI)


  • Sandro GOZI, Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs

9.10 – 10.20 ROUNDTABLE I

  • Daniel INNERARITY, Philosopher and essayist
  • Andrew DUFF, Fellow at the European Policy Centre, former MEP
  • Kalypso NICOLAÏDIS, Director Centre International Studies, Oxford University
  • Eugenio SCALFARI, Journalist, Founder of La Repubblica (tbc)
  • Albert SOLÉ, Film director, Goya Prize winner
  • Loukas TSOUKALIS, Professor of European integration, University of Athens

Moderator: Eva GIOVANNINI, Journalist, TV Reporter at RAI


  • Brando BENIFEI, Member of the European Parliament
  • Josep BORRELL, Former President of the European Parliament
  • Silvia COSTA, Member of the European Parliament
  • Alain LAMASSOURE, Member of the European Parliament
  • Alyn SMITH, Member of the European Parliament
  • Marcin ŚWIĘCICKI, Member of the Polish Parliament

10.45 – 12.00 ROUNDTABLE II

  • Emma BONINO, Former European Commissioner and former Italian Foreign Minister
  • Monica FRASSONI, Co-Chair of the European Green Party
  • Sylvie GOULARD, Member of the European Parliament
  • Roberto GUALTIERI, Chair of the European Parliament Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee
  • Christopher GLUCK, President of the Young European Federalists
  • Danuta HÜBNER, Chair of the European Parliament Constitutional Affairs Committee
  • Guy VERHOFSTADT, President of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament and European Parliament Brexit Negotiator

Moderator: Beppe SEVERGNINI, Vice Director of Corriere della Sera and Director of Sette


  • Luis ALVARADO MARTINEZ, President of the European Youth Forum
  • François DECOSTER, Chair of the Committee of Regions’ Commission on Citizenship, Governance and Institutional Affairs
  • Guillaume KLOSSA, Initiator CIVICO Europa, President of Europa Nova
  • Frederick VALLIER, Secretary General, Council of European Municipalities and Regions
  • Jeremy WATES, Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau

March for Europe
The debate was followed by the March for Europe, which was joined by citizens from across Europe, as a symbolic act of public support and action for the European ideal, under so much challenge today. This march celebrated the values that underpin the European ideal and called for their defence and for their re-enforcement. We have the whole year to be constructive critics of the EU’s shortcomings. Therefore, we wanted to take just one day to say that the idea of Europe is worth marching for.

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