Last weekend, in order to celebrate the 6oth Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and show its support for the European Union, UNITEE was in Rome, where on Saturday 25th March it participated to the March for Europe organized by the European Movement International, of which UNITEE is a proud member. The aim of the march was to “celebrate the values that underpin the European ideal and call for their defence and for their re-enforcement” (from EMI’s website).
In the morning before the march, the day of celebration began with a Forum on the Future of Europe, in the upscale location of Roma Eventi congress center, just a few steps from Piazza di Spagna. After the opening greetings by the organisers of the event, represented by MEP Jo Leinen for EMI, Isabelle Durant for the Spinelli Group and and Elmar Brok for the Union of European Federalists, some high levels stakeholders from the civil society and the European institutions debated on the importance of Europe and try to paint a way forward for the future. Philosopher Daniel Innerarity, Professors Loukas Tsoukalis and Kalypso Nicolaidis, MEPs Sylvie Goulard, Roberto Gualtieri, Guy Verhofstadt and Danuta Hubner, the President of the Young European Federalists Christopher Gluck, the Co-President of the Green Party Monica Frassoni and Film Director Albert Solé exchanged their views, during two panels, on the state the EU at 60 and what should be changed in order for it to become more efficient. What emerged for the debate was a call for a new vision for Europe, which needed to go “back to the citizens”. In particular, some of the speakers stressed how a European Federation would be the only way forward to increase the participation of citizens to the political life of the EU, at the same time increasing its transparency.
After the forum, the participants moved to Piazza Bocca della Verità, where they gathered before starting the march at 2pm. The march, which saw the participation of many organisations sharing the desire for a federal and more united Europe, ranging from the Green Party to the European Federalists, together with Italian and European politicians, proceeded peacefully and joyously through the Circo Massimo, and was concluded under the Arch of Costantine at around 14.30.
Here you can find a gallery of pictures from UNITEE’s participation to the march.
To know more in detail what we were marching for in Rome, read the call signed by 242 NGOs for the Europe we want, published last 21st of March.