This was a political, unconventional seminar in the framework of the project “Escaping the austerity trap: A common prosperity project”. The project engaged in dialogue with emerging and re-emerging political actors and social movements in three southern member states (Greece, Spain and Italy). The aim was to discuss and converge on a paradigmatic shift from the austerity trap to a common prosperity project. The seminar – as well the project – was organised in cooperation with Cidob, DGAP, Eliamep and Stiftung Mercator.
The event was organised by the European Commission Representation in Italy in cooperation with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and other partners. It represented the second stage of the participatory project POLITICALLY.EU – ” learn to act“ which aimed to create a public space for debate on European policies .
After the introductory speeches by the Director of the European Commission Representation in Italy Lucio Battistotti and President of the Centre for Studies on Federalism Roberto Palea , preceded by institutional greetings from the Mayor of Torino Piero Fassino , there were reports from the European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, the Defense Minister Mario Mauro and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marta Dassù. A deliberative workshop, chaired by Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, IAI President, followed. It discussed three themes: the establishment of a European defence industrial policy as a driving force for growth, new priorities in the European foreign and security policy, the role of the European Parliament and of the national Parliaments after Lisbon in the definition of the EU foreign policy . The event was reserved to several representatives from institutions and businesses.