09 November, 2010
The Italian federalists and Jeremy Rifkin call for a federal carbon tax in order to build a post-carbon future for the world
On November 6, a conference on Europe's position and the proposals of the movements and organizations of civil society in view of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Cancun was held in Rimini, Italy, in the framework the Fair Ecomondo 2010, one of the biggest expos of green technologies and new lifestyles.

Saturday, November 6, a conference on Europe's position and the proposals of the movements and organizations of civil society in view of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Cancun was held in Rimini, Italy, in the framework the Fair Ecomondo 2010, one of the biggest expos of green technologies and new lifestyles.

The conference was organized by the Environment Commission of MFE (UEF Italy), the Einstein Center for International Studies (CESI) in Turin and the "Paride Baccarini" Institute for Studies on Federalism and the European Unit, and was sponsored by the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the Municipality of Rimini.

Lamberto Zanetti (Chair of the Environment Commission of UEF Italy and President of the "Paride Baccarini" Institute) chaired the panel and, after an interesting introduction by Roberto Palea (President of CESI and Member of UEF FC), introduced a video message sent for the occasion by Jeremy Rifkin (Professor of the Wharton School Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania and author of many world famous books, including The European Dream) to the Italian MFE. In the video, Rifkin expresses his full support for the proposals made by the Federalists.

Angelo Consoli (Chairman of the Centre Européen pour la Troisième Révolution Industrielle, Brussels) spoke on A post-carbon era: a new great project for European integration, capturing the attention of the young people in the room.

Alberto Majocchi (Professor of Financial Science at the University of Pavia and Chairman of ISAE, the Institute for Studies and Economic Analyses of the Italian Ministry of Finance) presented the proposal for the creation of a federal carbon tax aimed at financing the ecological reconversion of the European economy.

MEP Vittorio Prodi (Member of the Environment Commission of the European Parliament), after deploring the current stalemate of the European Council, expressed his personal commitment to raise the awareness of the EP and to call for urgent decisions in favour of the ecological reconversion of the economy and society of the EU.Liliana Di Giacomo (Member of the National Board of UEF Italy) presented UEF Italy's document Stop with the fever of the Planet - A Plan for World Environment - An active role of the European Union, and asked Mr Prodi to engage in the transformation of this Appeal into a resolution backed by the EP, reporting that a commitment in this sense had been expressed a few days before by the Vice-President of the EP Gianni Pittella, met by a federalist delegation in Brussels.The conclusions were drawn by Maurizio Gubbiotti (Coordinator of the National Secretariat of Legambiente, one of the largest NGOs in Italy), who has pledged to submit the document of MFE to the forum of global civil society in Cancun.


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