Public stakeholders event in Rome
A panel of experts and stakeholders discussed the second report of the New Pact for Europe project in public event that took place in Rome on 6th of March, 2015. This discussion was organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) with the support of the Centro Studi sul Federalismo (CSF) and the European Commission Representation in Italy.
The New Pact for Europe report was presented by Giovanni Grevi, member of the Reflection Group of the project, and Elsa Fornero, member of the Advisory Group.
The panellists agreed on the need for a new agreement between the EU and its citizens but it was doubted, however, whether some suggestions in the report could be implemented soon, mostly because of the absence of political will. It was mentioned that while many strategies and visions for EU cover wide range of reforms, national agendas are based on short-term issues. To avoid deepening this gap, EU should consolidate past achievements rather than set new goals.
It was agreed that the current state of democratic involvement is not satisfactory and strengthening ties between the EU and its citizens remains an open issue. Participants also mentioned that foreign policy will be another area for closer integration.
- Gianni Bonvicini, Executive Vice President, Istituto Affari Internazionali
- Emilio Dalmonte, Vice Director, European Commission Representation in Italy
- Giovanni Grevi, director, FRIDE Brussels, member of the Reflection Group of New Pact for Europe
- Roberto Gualtieri, member of the European Parliament
- Paolo Guerrieri, member of the Italian Senate, professor of economics, University of Rome 'La Sapienza'
- Elsa Fornero, former Minister of Labor, Social Policies and Gender Equality of Italy, professor of Political Economy at the University of Turin, Faculty of Economics, member of the Advisory Group of New Pact for Europe
- Fiorella Kostoris, Member of the Board of Directors, ANVUR, professor of political economy at the University of Rome (La Sapienza)
- Nicoletta Pirozzi, senior fellow, Istituto Affari Internazionali
- Giorgio Tonini, member of the Italian Senate
- Gian Luigi Tosato, professor of European Union law, LUISS Guido Carli
- Nicola Verola, Head of the Technical Secretariat, under-secretary for political and European affairs, Office of the Prime Minister