On 23rd January 2013, Jean-Dominique Giuliani, Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation, took part in a conference on the theme of "Franco-German friendship, driving force of the European Union" at the ESCP-Europe.
Inspired by the German initiative "Ich Will Europa" launched in August 2012, dynamic young people, in partnership with 12 associations, European movements and think tanks, including the Robert Schuman Foundation, decided to take over and give life to this project in France through the campaign "Je veux l'Europe". Backed by a platform comprising associations from civil society, the e-initiative www.jeveuxleurope.fr is supported by European prominent personalities such as Jacques Delors, Simone Veil, Jacques Barrot, Nicole Fontaine and Jean-Dominique Giuliani. The aim of this initiative is to show, through eye-witness stories how Europe shapes our daily lives and what it means for us.
Presented by Antoine Kowalski, journalist at Forbes and at Fréquence Protestante, the debate started between Jacques Barrot, former Vice-president of the European Commission, member of the French constitutional Council and of the Robert Schuman Foundation's Board of directors, Jean-Dominique Giuliani, Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation, Philippe Herzog, Special advisor to the EU Commissioner Michel Barnier and Dominique Moïsi, professeur at the College of Europe and at Harvard as well as IFRI's special Advisor.
Among the proposals mentioned to put Europe back at the core of the debate, Mr. Jean-Dominique Giuliani insisted on the necessity to involve the citizens into the European project. He first encouraged them to question their elected representatives, personally or collectively, and to ask them what they intend to do for Europe. He also recommanded them to build up cross-party electoral rolls for the 2014 European election based on projects that bring people together rather than on political parties that split. Answering to a question asked by the public on parity and representativeness, Mr. Giuliani shared its personal belief :"the first Human Right is that of women". European citizenship will only bring about a sense of belonging to the EU if it arouses a feeling of freedom.
Link to the website "I want Europe"
From left to right:
Philippe Herzog, Jacques Barrot, Antoine Kowalski,
Dominique Moïsi and Jean-Dominique Giuliani
Mr. Jean-Dominique Giuliani