We at Europa United are a diverse collection of people and although opinions are divided on the idea of a united federalist union of Europe, we all believe that it is one option of many different positive paths that we should explore in order to protect the union that we all enjoy today. It is for these reasons that Europa United is proud to support the March for Europe initiative which will take place on March the 25th in Rome to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. This is a press release from the organisers of the event, which is a multi-organisation project operating under the banner of March for Europe.
On 25 March 2017, thousands of European citizens will march in Rome to ask for a stronger, more united and more democratic Europe.Europeans from all across the continent are invited to join the biggest pro-European gathering to oppose national divisions and show their support for the European projectThe March coincides with the 60th anniversary of the European Economic Community.
On 25 March 2017, thousands of people from across the continent are expected to march in Rome to voice out their support to the European project against those willing to tear it apart. They will call on the Heads of State and Government to relaunch and complete the European political unity, to create a stronger, more united and more democratic Europe. On the same date, Presidents and Prime Ministers of EU countries will meet in the Italian capital to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome. After 60 years, it is time to get it done!
A map showing groups confirmed for Rome 25th March
Populist and nationalistic rhetoric and the dangers facing European unity have waken Europeans up from a long Euro-lethargy. Citizens from all Member States have heard the appeal and are organising themselves to get to Rome. So far the organisers have been able to count more than 30 groups joining the march from Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Sofia, Warsaw, and many other European cities. In Italy alone, local authorities, parties and civil society organisations are coordinating groups from more than 90 cities. A group of Members of the European Parliament will be at the front of the March. Participants will march through the historical centre of Rome, starting from Piazza della Bocca della Verità (Square of the Mouth of Truth) to the Coliseum, where final speeches and a concert for Europe will take place.
The initiative has been met with great enthusiasm by European civil society. To date more than 30 organisations are pulling together to support the March and over 300 academics and intellectuals signed an open appeal calling on Europeans to join them in Rome.
The March will be preceded by the indoor convention “Europe fights back: re-building vision, re-gaining trust, re-launching unity” to be held at the Congress Centre Piazza di Spagna from 8.45 am to 12.30 pm. Top-level European politicians and intellectuals will encourage the participants by sharing alternative visions on Europe’s future. Among others Sandro Gozi (Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs), Romano Prodi (former President of the European Commission and former Italian Prime Minister), Emma Bonino (former European Commissioner and former Italian Foreign Minister), Emily O’Reilly (European Ombudsman), Danuta Hübner (Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs), Guy Verhofstad (European Parliament’s Brexit chief negotiator and Chair of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament), the Spanish philosopher Daniel Innerarity, the German politologist Ulrike Guérot, the Greek academic LoukasTsoukalis and the Spanish director and Goya Prize winner Albert Solé.