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"The democratic idea and the future of Europe": EDP Council – Rome, December 8th 2017

The European Democratic Party, founded and co-chaired by Francesco Rutelli and François Bayrou, is inviting important European political figures to the Temple of Hadrian in Rome on Friday December 8th for a pro-European public initiative on "The democratic idea and the future of Europe", focused on three themes:

  1. Is the crisis of democratic ideas - in Europe and beyond - temporary, or is it an inevitable decline?
  2. Will the processes of separation of the European Union and attempts of internal secession increase or decrease after decades of EU enlargement?
  3. What positive priorities for integration should be on the 2018 European agenda before the 2019 European elections?

The conclusions will be entrusted to the President of the Council of Ministers, Paolo Gentiloni.

Representatives of the Italian Government (the Minister for Economic Development, Carlo Calenda; the Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin; the Under-Secretary for the Presidency of the Council for European Affairs, Sandro Gozi; the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Benedetto Della Vedova) and leading pro-European personalities will alternate. Among them were three women from the Macron government and the parliamentary majority: Geneviève Darrieussecq, Secretary of State at the French Ministry of the Armed Forces; Jacqueline Gourault, Minister at the French Ministry of the Interior; Marielle de Sarnez, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly; Jean-Louis Bourlanges, Vice-Chairman of the European Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly; Alain Lamassoure, French MEP and pro-EU personality.
Of great interest is the presence of two Spanish autonomous governors, who will describe the situation in the light of the secessionist intention of Catalonia: Fernando Clavijo Batlle, President of the Government of the Canary Islands, and Iñigo Urkullu, President of the Basque Country Government, surrounded by Andoni Ortuzar, president of the Basque Autonomous Party EAJ-PNV, and Vice-President of the PDE.

Dozens of delegates from fifteen European countries will attend the meeting.

Francesco Rutelli said: "Once upon a time there were anti-European minorities. According to some, they may well become a majority. But the pro-Europeans have often been in the minority, and it is high time they regained a strong and credible voice against Eurosceptics, secessionists and anti-democrats. Our Roman appointment will be very interesting to understand and positively influence the trends in Europe, which are so important for our countries".

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