The Jean Monnet Seminar The future of Europe: a commitment for You(th) was held in Rome on 23-24 March on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties.
127 participants attended the Jean Monnet Geo-Thematic Seminar, including 94 Jean Monnet professors and 33 international and national level policy makers, journalists, civil society and youth association representatives and students. 40 different nationalities were represented. Web-stream (with over 300 viewers) and social media (150 mentions of the #EU60JeanMonnet hashtag on Twitter and 5300 Facebook posts on the event) allowed for broader and active distance participation
The seminar debated the future of the EU in the light of the current challenges and the need to further involve young generations in the construction of the European project. The theme of communication was central in the discussion, notably the role of media in portraying Europe, as well as the contribution of academia in teaching and explaining Europe. The focus was on the challenge of reaching the most difficult-to-reach citizens, and helping them make sense of the EU in a balanced and objective way.
Speakers and participants expressed views on the way forward for Europe, taking into account the recent release of the Commission's White Book and its five scenarios. Possible methods for the reform of the EU were debated and proposals formulated.
The Jean Monnet Seminar featured high in the list of the 60-year events held in Rome in the anniversary week, next to the Digital Day. After the seminar, participants moved to the Citizens Dialogue where HRVP Mogherini and Maltese PM Muscat met with an audience composed of some 300 people (Erasmus students and JM professors) and replied to their questions for one hour and half. Most questions came from young people, concerned about their future perspectives in a critical time for Europe. This event represented the link between the 60-year anniversary and the 30-year anniversary of the Erasmus programme. The success of the Jean Monnet Seminar was also due to the positive cooperation with DG Communication, the European Commission Representation in Rome and the Italian and French European Movements.
Marcella Zaccagnino is an Italian diplomat. After a degree in International Studies, she joined the diplomatic service in 2003. Having served as deputy Consul General in Shanghai and political counsellor in Ankara, she is back since one year at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, where she is in charge of Division I (Economic and financial integration of the European Union) at the Directorate General for the EU.
Mikel Landabaso Álvarez
Mikel Landabaso Álvarez is Director for Strategy and Corporate Communication in DG Communication at the European Commission.
A Spanish national, he joined the Commission in 1990 and spent most of his career working in the area of regional development, his previous assignment being acting director for Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development and Northern Europe in DG REGIO.
Pier Virgilio Dastoli
Pier Virgilio Dastoli is the President of the Italian Council of the European Movement, member of the Spinelli Group and author of numerous articles and essays on Europe.
He was Altiero Spinelli’s assistant in the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the European Parliament, founder and spokesman of the Spinelli Committee, Secretary General of the International European Movement and Director of the European Commission Representation in Italy (2003-09).
Eric Jozsef is a French journalist.
Based in Rome, he is the Italian correspondent for the French newspaper Libération and the Swiss Le Temps.
He is editor-in-chief for the online magazine Eutopia.
Renaud Dehousse has been President of the European University Institute since 1 September 2016.
Prior to this, he was a Professor and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law and Political Science at Sciences Po, where he also directed the Centre for European Studies.
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović is Secretary-General of Europa Nostra, the pan-European federation of non-governmental organisations active in the field of cultural and natural heritage.
She has advocated and supported policies and programmes that aim to preserve cultural heritage and that foster the understanding of other people's cultures for almost three decades.
Europa Nostra closely cooperates with the UN and UNESCO, the EU and the Council of Europe.
Stefano Maullu is a member of the European Parliament (EPP) and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education.
Within the Lombardy Regional Government he is been Regional Minister in charge of Civil Defence, Police and Trade, Chair of the Regional Committee on the Environment, Energy and Civil Defence and Chair of the Committee on Community Policies. Previously he is been Chair of the City Planning Committee in the City Council of Milan.
Anthony Luzzatto Gardner
Anthony Luzzatto Gardner is the former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union (February 2014 to January 2017).
He holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, a JD from Columbia Law School and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish, he also speaks German.
Eva Giovannini is an Italian journalist.
She has worked in the current affairs TV chat show Ballarò (RAI 3). She has also worked as a journalist for the TV chat shows Annozero (RAI 2) and Piazzapulita (LA7), as well as for Sky News Italy. She is currently working for Cartabianca (RAI 3).
Giovannini is author of "Europa Anno Zero" and member of the "Euro Committee" nominated by President of the Chamber Laura Boldrini and of the Senior Advisory Board of the "Jo Cox Award".
Ken Endo is Professor of International Politics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.
After his studies in Sapporo, Leuven and Oxford, he worked as Advisory Expert at the Commission’s Forward Studies Unit.
He published studies on The Presidency of the European Commission under Jacques Delors (1999) and The European Complex Crisis (2016). He is the President of RC-3 (European unification), International Political Science Association.
Nicolas Moës is a representative of the Jean Monnet project "European Horizons", a US-based, non-partisan think-tank devoted to exploring the meaning of European identity, modernizing and reforming the concept of the social market economy, advancing the cause of European integration, and deepening transatlantic relations.
Jörg Monar has been the Rector of the College of Europe (Bruges/Natolin, Warsaw) since September 2013.
His previous positions include Director of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies of the College of Europe (2008-13) and Professor of Contemporary European Studies and Co-Director of the Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex (Brighton, UK).
Ecem Oskay is a recent MA graduate in Political Science with a focus on (forced) migration.
She is a representative of the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA), an umbrella organisation that brings together the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA), Erasmus Student Network (ESN), garagErasmus (gE) and OCEANS Network.
Emmi Elina Itäranta
Emmi Elina Itäranta is a Finnish novelist. Her debut novel Memory of Water was published in 2014.
Itäranta holds a MA in Drama from the University of Tampere, and worked as a columnist, theatre critic, script writer and press officer after graduation. In January she published the article "Why we should resist the idea and practice of ‘post-truth'" on Europe's World.
Olena Kryvunda is from Ukraine.
After her Philology studies, since April 2016 she has participated in the European Voluntary Service in Italy (UILDM Lazio, focusing on disability and human rights) under the “Volunteering for Inclusion” project.
She coordinates the web radio transmission “Un Anno di Volontà” on European Mobility in the organisation’s communication department (Finestra Aperta) that also runs a quarterly publication and an online blog.
Yves Bertoncini has been the Director of the Jacques Delors Institute since April 2011 and the President of the French Council of the European Movement since December 2016.
He takes part in the Jacques Delors Institute’s research activities, focusing in particular on questions of European politics and institutions, and on issues relating to democracy, citizenship and mobility.
Brian Holmes is the Director of the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA) in Brussels.
With an academic background in engineering and business administration, he was also a tutor on Knowledge Management with the UK’s Open University and has a PhD on technology enhanced learning with the University of Lancaster in the UK.
Paul Reiderman is Director for Media and Communication at the Council of the European Union.
He manages a team responsible for the external communications of the Council, European Council, the Eurogroup, and their presidents. The team's activities cover media relations, media operations, web communications, and public relations.
Luiza Bialasiewicz is a political geographer and Jean Monnet Professor of EU External Relations in the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
She has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin since 2013, where she teaches a course on European geopolitics.
She recently edited the book Europe in the World: EU Geopolitics and the Making of European Space (2016).
Maria Stoicheva is Associate Professor at the Department of European Studies. Prior to that, she taught at the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philologies. She is the Director of the Master’s Programme “European Projects” at the Department of European Studies since its beginning. Maria Stoicheva is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at Sofia University in charge of research, international relations and projects.
Deborah Reed-Danahay is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research in Europe and in the US. She is currently a Jean Monnet Chair in Cultural Anthropology (2015-2018), and her focus in this position is on citizenship, mobility, and belonging in the EU. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies and is an Associate Member of the Sophiapol Lab at the University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre. She is co-editor of two book series, Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology and New Anthropologies of Europe.
● EU institutions should reinforce positive messages about the EU’s achievements and the advantages/benefits of being a EU citizen through traditional media, social media and the digital environment
● Even crises should be turned into opportunities (e.g. communicate Brexit in a positive to EU citizens)
● Code of conduct is necessary in online journalism to tackle spreading misinformation that has the potential to influence elections. In response we must promote communication style that is authentic, open and honest
● Work with trusted third parties as multipliers/mediators, recognising that humans are wired for storytelling and craft messages that resonate on an emotional level
● Systematically liaise with (young) Eurosceptics and reflect upon the validity of their criticisms without the isolationist touch often associated with the EU debate
● Academia should share its expertise and extend its involvement to civil society and local communities, particularly children, pupils and young people.
● Act at both nursery and primary school level to include a European complement in the national identity formation
● Empower international students and alumni to get involved in a range of social causes (environment, social justice, diversity) even outside their university context
● Raise visibility of youth movements, volunteering and NGO services, which daily engage with groups that are deemed ‘hard to reach’
● Reflect on how (at least some) MEPs could be elected on a European basis and how to create fully European constituencies, to reach electors across and beyond national boundaries