The third Siena Conference on the Future of Europe, organized by Vision Think Tank and the University of Siena, opened today at the Certosa di Pontignano in Siena.
The conference aims to be a confrontation between intellectuals, policymakers, journalists, historians and proponents, committed to common solutions on current issues, by the European and national institutions. Indeed, the Conference aspires to become an annual forum for dialogue, more informal than institutional formats, with the desire to make a contribution to the future of Europe.
The event was opened by the institutional greetings of the Rector Francesco Frati. The Rector highlighted the change of pace in the treatment of European issues due to the emergencies that followed. “We strongly wanted this conference, which we are honored to organize jointly with Vision. – said the Rector Frati -. From its first conception the themes have changed: from the pandemic, not yet finished, and the possible fallout of the Next Generation EU, Europe is now facing new scenarios, from the situation of war in Ukraine and enlargement, to energy problems and the supply of resources and food. They are the ones who build the world of tomorrow. I am sure they will make significant contributions to the discussion ” .
In fact, alongside personalities such as Romano Prodi, Marta Dassù, Sandro Gozi, Bill Emmott, John Hooper, Maria Joao Rodrigues, Kalypso Nicolaidis and many others, students of the master’s degrees in Public and Cultural Diplomacy and International Sciences also took part in the works. Diplomatic, European Studies curriculum; fewer students, with the active role of speakers, will discuss the problems and remedies to be put in place.
The opening greetings were followed by an introduction by Francesco Grillo, director of Vision Think Tank and affiliated professor at the Sant’Anna Scuola Universitaria Superiore of Pisa, and speeches by Romano Prodi, Sandro Gozi and Bill Emmott.
There are four focuses at the center of the conference, which during the three days will deal with issues such as: defense policies in the light of the Ukrainian scenario; the impact of war on the Green Deal and energy policies; the digital autonomy of Europe; the mechanisms to bring the European institutions closer to the citizens. In particular, the participants will address issues relating to the challenge posed by the war on the borders of the Union, to Europeans linked to energy and climate aspects in order to put an end to the dependence on fossil fuel innovations, to the urgent need to transform the shape of the our welfare system and, above all, to find a new balance in the European space.
The activities continued with the groups in the various working groups.
The session dedicated to the future of Europe was attended by, among others, Romano Prodi and Antonio Parenti, director of the Italian Representation of the European Commission.
Afterwards, Kalypso Nicolaidis, professor of internal universities, Sandro Gozi, member of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament former secretary for European affairs, Maria Joao Rodrigues president of the European Progressive Studies Foundation, discussed how to adapt institutions to changes in the 21st century, in the session chaired by Roberto Tallei (Sky Tg 24).
The work continued in the afternoon with thematic groups dedicated to the role of Europe in the battle for global leadership, to security policies in the period following the end of the digital war and to a new Green Deal.
Among the speakers of the University of Siena, in addition to the Rector Francesco Frati, also Professor Simone Borghesi, expert in sustainable economy and director of the Florence School of Regulation Climate at the European University Institute, Luca Verzichelli, Pro Rector Deputy and Delegate to the Internationalization and Massimiliano Montini, scientific director of Europe Direct of the University of Siena.
The works will continue tomorrow and until May 28 with many other national and international participants. The event is organized by Vision with the cooperation of the major think tanks and foundations of the European Parliament: Foundation for European Progressive Studies, European Liberal Forum, Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies.
Source: University of Siena – Press office
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