05 November, 2016
Resolution in support of the establishment of the Spinelli chairs
Adopted by the UEF Federal Committee, 5 November 2016, Cologne

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;

Taking  note  of  the  30th  anniversary  of  the  death  of  Altiero  Spinelli,  a  Federalist  pioneer,  co-author  of  the Ventotene Manifesto, and promoter of the first European constitution;

Recalling that an Altiero Spinelli chair has already been established at the Buenos Aires University;

Underlining the relevance of Spinelli’s thought and action regarding the unification method of the great regions of the world;

The  Union  of  European  Federalists  invites  the  European  Institutions,  under  the  patronage  of  the  European Parliament, to establish, alongside the Jean Monnet chairs, a network of Altiero Spinelli chairs not only within the EU, but also in the other regions of the world.

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