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Europe Day in Rome around “Different memories, Common Future”

15/05/2019 - 13:20
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An open debate in the heart of Rome organised by the EU Delegation in Rome together with the Office of the Parliament and the Representation of the European Commission in Italy.

The three heads of the three EU institutions in Rome, from right to left: Jan Tombinski, Valeria Fiore, Vito Borrelli

On the occasion of Europe day, eminent speakers from different horizons were part of the panel that openly debated with a widely diverse audience, consisting of university and college students, academics, clergy, diplomats, and international organisations the lessons learned from the European past.

during the debate, Ambassador of Belgium to the Holy See, H.E. Count J. Cornet d'Elzius
The purpose of this event was to confront History, which is handed down from generation to generation to teach and explain past economic, political and social developments. In Europe, the diversity of interests and minds must not lead to repeated wars and conflicts, and the European integration process offers an example of peaceful coexistence without annihilating national sensitivities and individual memories. However, risks still exist that untreated wounds, unaddressed mistakes from the past and misuse of histories and memories destroy common future. It requires high level of awareness and responsibility from all public actors to understand the variety of European histories and avoid that individual, subjective memories capture collective emotions. European project is shouldn't become victim of the past divisions; reconciliation within respective nations and between existing and legitimate national narratives serves to counter xenophobia and misuse of stereotypic opinions. 

Student Debate Rome

The panellists were : H. E. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Culture - Msgr Bernard Ardura, President of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences  - Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament, former President of the Commission for Culture and Education - Prof. Jean-Dominique Durand, University of Lyon, Vice-President of the French Catholic Academy - Prof. Marek Cichocki, College of Europe, Natolin, Poland - Prof. Manos Papazoglou, Associate Professor, University of Peloponnese, Department of Political Science and International Relations.  The partner in the debate was the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

Panelists Debate Rome

The annual celebration of the Schuman Declaration took place after the debate in the historical venue of Domus Circo Massimo, at the foot of the Palatine Hill, near the Circus Maximus. Over 400 guests honoured us with their presence.

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