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Festival of Europe

Join the European Commission and Parliament in Florence for the Festival of Europe , 6th – 10th May

The Festival for Europe will be organised around the two day conference and supporting events and senior European decision makers like President Barroso of the EU Commission, Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the EU Commission, Franco Frattini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Lorenzo Bini Smaghi from the ECB will be in attendance.

The “Conference on the State of the Union”, on 9th and 10th May at the Palazzo Vecchio will discuss how much progress has been made on the path towards European integration since the Treaty of Lisbon and will discuss the role of the EU in the world. Day 2 of the Conference will focus on the Euro and global economic governance as well as the topics of growth, employment and international financial stability after the crisis.

The conference will be organised as a debate; an academic will introduce each panel and highlight the challenges ahead. Top European politicians, policy makers and media will then present their reactions. Academics will participate in moderated debates.
The Festival will include a large exhibition area, staffed by all the major Italian EU information networks and illustrating Europe’s role as well as detailing EU funds available for research.

People of all ages will be able to gather information and attend events on in-depth programmes and learn about their rights and opportunities in the EU.

A section of the exhibition area will be devoted to schools. Students aged from 8 to 18 will be interested in “Space Europe”, a multimedia project to inform and encourage younger citizens to get involved in Europe. Teachers of primary and secondary schools will present the “Europe = us” project and the EU Commission “Youth of the Move” programme will help young people gain the knowledge, skills and experience they need to get their first job.

European Year of Volunteering will host a series of events involving MEPs, representatives of the European Commission and the Italian government, with citizens, civil society and representatives of all sectors of economic life. “Europe 2020 “, the seven flagship initiatives of the EU strategy for smart growth, sustainable and inclusiveness, will be the focus of a series of public presentations and in-depth workshops with experts and institutional representatives.

Florence will be turning Blue!

In addition to the main conference events, there will be a number of cultural events taking place in the squares, cultural centres, theatres and schools in Florence. Events will include ” Blue Night”, a variant of the White Night in Europe. This will be held on the evening of the 7th and 8th May at the Primio Galileo 2000. The idea behind the night is to celebrate the diversity of Europe and for more information on this night you can visit http://www.notteblu.eu/

The cultural program of the Festival will be enriched by the contribution of the major cultural institutions in the Florentine region. Over forty institutions and associations are collaborating to provide the programme that will complement the conference events. For more information on the Conference and the events please visit http://www.festivaldeuropa.eu/il-festival
(9th May is “Europe Day” and is the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 1950.)