On 8 and 9 December, Milan will host the second assembly on forms of imagination and thinking for Europe as part of the “New Narrative for Europe” project. President Barroso and Prime Minister Letta have confirmed their attendance at this important gathering, which represents a new stage in the process to draw up a new narrative for Europe.
As President Barroso underlined in his address on the State of the Union: “Nowis the time to rise above purely national issues and parochial interests and to have real progress for Europe. To bring a truly European perspective to the debate with national constituencies. Now is the time for all those who care about Europe, whatever their political or ideological position, wherever they come from, to speak up for Europe”.
In Milan the assembly will be organized in two parts. On 8 December, there will be an afternoon workshop with key cultural representatives to discuss the contents that should be included in the final draft of the New Narrative for Europe; that session will culminate in a dinner-debate with President Barroso. On the morning of 9 December, there will be a general assembly with a keynote lecturer and a panel debate on the future of Europe. This will be an event open to a greater number of people.
The sessions will be held in the Palazzo Clerici, the headquarters of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), on 8 and 9 December.
The New Narrative for Europe is a project proposed by the European Parliament and implemented by the European Commission following an invitation to participate that was issued by the President of the European Commission to artists, writers, thinkers, scientists and cultural practitioners, in the broadest sense, and who are committed to the future of Europe and the European project.
The key questions that the project raises are:
1) How can culture and science contribute to shaping a European social vision that meets today’s challenges, including those imposed by globalization?
2) In what ways do their practices and ideas strengthen a European consciousness among European citizens?
3) What should the European project be an instrument for?
The New Narrative for Europe should above all recall why the European integration process was a necessary response to the Second World War, how it continues to be relevant in the present time, and how a refreshed appreciation of the role and impact of the European Union is indispensable for the future.