SCHUMAN 2.0: A NEW MOMENTUM FOR EUROPE

“Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity [...]. The pooling of coal and steel production should immediately provide for the setting up of common foundations for economic development as a first step in the federation of Europe.”

Robert Schuman, French foreign minister between 1948 and 1952, is regarded as one of the founding fathers of European unity.  In  cooperation  with  Jean  Monnet  he  drew  up  the  Schuman  Declaration, issued on 9 May 1950, proposing the creation of a single authority to control the production of Steel and Coal in France and West Germany, opened also to other European countries. This declaration was inspired by federalist principles. While approaching the European construction as a series of concrete steps gradually creating a concrete solidarity among Europeans, it was aiming to lead to a ‘European Federation’.

The “Schuman 2.0” project, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, is aimed at contributing to citizens' understanding of the EU, its history and diversity, and in particular to raise awareness of the historical significance of the Schuman declaration and take it as opportunity to reflect on the future of the European project. The project consists of a series of grass-roots and European events, animated by a pool of “Schuman2.0 Ambassadors”.

PROJECT OUTLINE

The  “Schuman  2.0”  project is organised  by  the  Union  of  European  Federalists  (UEF),  with  the collaboration of partners as UEF France, UEF Spain (Unión de Europeístas y Federalistas de España), UEF-Styria (EFB-Steirmark) and JEF-Styria (JEF-Steirmark), Europa Union Landesverband Hamburg, Movimento Federalista Europeo (MFE IT),Young European Federalists (JEF), and the University of Tartu. Between  September  2019  and  June  2020,  the  UEF  will  commemorate  the  70th  anniversary  of  the Schuman declaration  on  9th  May  2020  with  a double  purpose:  raising a renewed  awareness  of  the deep roots of the European project at a time it is challenged by raising nationalism and fostering the debate on a common vision of the EU’s shape and mission in the years to come to complete the long-term project that was already envisaged in the Schuman declaration. In order to reach these objectives, the project will organise a series of 6 grassroots events addressed to citizens from all social and economic backgrounds in European cities across the continent, hosted by  the  local  university,  and  a  final  Citizens Summit  on  8th  of  May  2020.  Throughout  the  project, participants  in  the  local  events  will  reflect  and  debate  their  own  “new  Schuman  Declaration”  to address the challenges of modern Europe, which will be presented, discussed and awarded in a final event, a Citizens Summit on 9th May 2020. This project website will host historical perspectives on the Schuman declaration  and  host  the  “new  Schuman  declarations”  developed  by  participants  to  the grassroots events. The project will begin with the Schuman 2.0 Ambassador training on December 2019 in Brussels and will  continue  with  the  following  grassroots  events  addressed  to  EU  citizens  across  the continent (TBD):

In each grassroots event, participants will be encouraged to form and share their perception on the initial aspirations of the European project as stated in the Schuman declaration, confront it with the view of participants from other EU countries and reflect on the best way to renew the EU’s mission in the framework of the current challenges facing the Europeans.1Details of future events such as venues and exact dates will be confirmed soon.

During  these  events,  participants  will  have  the  opportunity  to  reflect  on  the  original  Schuman Declaration and propose their “new Schuman Declaration” to address current EU challenges.  All declarations will be published on a project website organised by themes and countries. The cities for the events have been chosen to meet three criteria:

  1. represent  a mix  of  cities  from  the  original  founding  countries  and  the more  recent member states  so  the  outcome  (and  the  interaction  from  participants  in  the  final  event)  can  reflect different historical perspectives and expectations on the Schuman declaration;
  2. be close to a border with at least another country, to add an additional cross-border dimension not only in terms of participants but also of intercultural exchange and symbolism in the event,
  3. be not a capital city, to reach out to circles  normally left outside the European debates  that take place in capital cities.

The project will end with the final Citizens Summit on Europe Day, the 9th May 2020. It is meant to present the meaning of the Schuman declaration and discuss on its long-term perspectives. It will be an occasion for participants to share their ideas and reflect on Schuman’s vision: discussion among  direct  witness, MEPs  and  representatives  of  CS  will  be  held, as well as debates  on current challenges  and  prospects.  During  this  event,  5  declarations  from  each  grassroots  event  will  be presented  and  the  most  successful “Schuman 2.0 Declaration” will be awarded during the Citizens' Summit.

SCHUMAN 2.0 AMBASSADORS

In our event of 14 -15 December 2019, 35 European citizens will be trained to become the new “Schuman 2.0 Ambassador”. The 35 young Europeans Schuman 2.0 ambassadors will act as facilitators and multipliers during the whole project duration period. They will be requested:

  • to attend the Schuman 2.0 Ambassadors training in Brussels, 14-15th of December 2019;
  • to participate and contribute to  at least 2 grassroots events in cooperation with local partners and other ambassadors;
  • to collect testimonials on the meaning of the Declaration (text, audio or video) and send to the UEF secretariat for the project website content;
  • to encourage grassroots events’ participants at creating their own message for the future of Schuman declaration and to submit it to the Schuman 2.0 Declaration contest;
  • to promote project activities and results throughout all the project duration via social media and other channels;
  • to attend the final Citizens’ Summit in Brussels on 9th of May 2020.

PARTNERS

Union des fédéralistes européens -UEF France
Europa-Union Hamburg
Movimento Federalista Europeo-UEF Italy
University of Deusto
Unión de Europeístas y Federalistas de España-UEF Spain
UEF-Styria (EFB-Steiermark)
JEF-Styria (JEF-Steiermark)
University of Tartu
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