03 November, 2017
Resolution in support of a network of Spinelli volunteers
Adopted by the UEF Federal Committee, 22 October 2017, Paris

The UEF Federal Committee, meeting in Paris on 22 October 2017,

Noting the “Resolution in support of the establishment of a network of Spinelli Chairs” adopted by the Federal Committee of the Union of European Federalists on the 5th of November 2016;

Realizing that there is a need to promote the knowledge and understanding on European institutions, policies and values if a truly shared European citizenship is to emerge;

Whereas European unification is not an isolated case, but the most advanced example of a worldwide formation process of regional groupings of states;

Noting that this knowledge shall go beyond academic circles and reach the average citizen and civil society organizations, in order to promote the dissemination of federalist thinking for the purpose of awakening the public opinion at large;

Celebrating the 110th anniversary of the birth of Altiero Spinelli, underlining the relevance of his thought and action, a Federalist pioneer and co-author of the Ventotene Manifesto, regarding the unification method of the great regions of the world;

Taking note of Petition 160/2017 of 21st of February 2017, tabled to the European Parliament by the Union of Europeanists and Federalists of Spain;

The Union of European Federalists invites the European Institutions, under the patronage of the European Parliament,

to establish, alongside the Spinelli Chairs, a network of Altiero Spinelli Volunteers in cooperation with European municipalities, with the purpose of disseminating the knowledge of EU history and institutions, its reality, their policies and values, as well as the diverse currents of thought that have promoted European unity, through talks, conferences, debates and non-formal education activities, on the people less exposed to the academic world and at the closest level to the average citizen, the local one.

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