60 years after the Treaties of Rome, the annual Europe Day renews itself. From Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May in Piazza Fiera, Trento, will take place the first edition of the Festival “We are Europe”: debates, analyses, performances on the European Union. A tensile structure will host three areas dedicated to the Union: the entrance will be reserved for the presentation of projects co-financed by the EU and performed in Trentino; in the central area Trento’s booksellers will propose literature on European issues; then the area dedicated to the meetings.

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The Europe Service of the Province, through its EU information centres Europedirect and Centro di Documentazione Europea, will be assisted for the first time in the organisation of the event by Fondazione Trentina Alcide De Gasperi.

The preamble of “We are Europe” will take place on 12 May at 15 in Sala della Fondazione Caritro of via Calepina, with a meeting devoted to local administrators. “A European agenda for mountainous regions: strategies and funding instruments” is the title of the conference which will see the participation of Mercedes Bresso, MEP and former President of the Committee of the Regions and the Region of Piemonte, Valeria Liverini, Head of the EU Liaison Office in Brussels of the Autonomous Province of Trento, and Valentina Piffer, Secretary-General of the EGTC European Region Tyrol — South Tyrol — Trentino.

The opening of “We are Europe” will take place in Piazza Fiera Friday at 18.30 with Gian Enrico Rusconi and Chiara Saraceno, who will talk about “The path of Europeans, between life and institutions”. In the evening, will be presented by its authors the photo exhibition “Escape from the war,” originating from the 2015 report of Roberta Biagiarelli and Luigi Ottani dedicated to refugees walking on the greek-macedonian border. The exhibition is visitable in the garden of Arcivescovado during the three days of the festival.

During the other two days various events will take place: among the most expected meetings there are the presentation by Massimo Franco of his book “L’assedio” and the Round Table on nationalisms with Pier Virgilio Dastoli, President of the Italian Council of the European Movement, Andrea Pipino, journalist of “Internazionale”, and Eva Giovannini, # cartabianca reporter.

The topic “solidarity” will be dealt by the Director of Fondazione Migrantes, Monsignor Gian Carlo Perego, Archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio, and by the economist Stefano Zamagni, while MEP (and former Minister for Integration) Cécile Kyenge will reflect on what it means to be European in a changing world.

Another issue is that of how we are considered by Mediterranean peoples, the inhabitants of Russia and the Americans of the "Donald Trump" era. This will be covered by Leila El Houssi, lecturer in history of Islamic countries, Federico Petroni, analyst of Limes, Mario Del Pero, lecturer in history and institutions of the Americas, and Fazila Mat, correspondent for OBC Transeuropa from Turkey. We will also address the theme of communication and the development of a European public opinion with Thierry Vissol, former advisor to the European Commission Representation in Italy, Claudio Giunta, professor of Italian literature, Chiara Sighele, Director of the project area of OBC Transeuropa, the administators of "The Eurocrats", a satirical Facebook page.

There will be events for schools too: Saturday morning, there will be a genuine process that will see Europe in the dock, with Pasquale Profiti, Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Trento Court, Pier Virgilio Dastoli, Chair of the CIME, and Roberto Santaniello, Special Adviser to the European Commission. The role of "public prosecutor" will be played by the students from Liceo da Vinci of Trento, prepared for the occasion by the local youth of the Young European Federalist. Immediately after this event, the trio from Modena made up of Luciano Gaetani, Beppe Cavani and Marco Michelini will stage the performance "Eureka", a fascinating journey rediscoverring Europe’s musical and poetic traditions.

Sunday 14 May at 18.30 “We are Europe” will close with “Allons enfants! Looking to the future in the European election year”, with the participation of Sergio Fabbrini, Director at the School of Government of LUISS in Rome, and Michele Marchi, historian of the University of Bologna.

With this first edition, the initiative aims to relaunch a courageous and lucid analysis on the future of the Union. 60 years after the Treaties of Rome, while Europe is discovering its fragility, the annual celebration of May was not enough. It is time to open a new space for reflection and responsibilities, in order to include citizens in the debate and to bring it back to its key element: the actual meaning of being a European.

Other information on http://siamoeuropa.provincia.tn.it and on www.facebook.com/siamoeuropa.

The design of # siamoeuropa is by Elisa Faletti and Arianna Guarino from the Istituto Artigianelli of Trento, while the illustrations are by Salvatore Crisà, Studio d’Arte Andromeda of Trento.

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