Ventotene Forum 2024 in Rome - call for applications

From the 6th until the 9th of April 2024, 100 European citizens, institutions, and organisa-tions from all over Europe will shape the future of Europe.

Be a part of the second Ventotene Forum in Ventotene and Rome!


We cordially invite you to join the second Ventotene Forum - 2024 in Ventotene and Rome. 

The Saxon State Ministry of Justice, Democracy, European Affairs and Gender Equality, the
Europa-Union Saxony and JEF Saxony, JEF Lazio, JEF Italy and JEF Europe invite you to join the seminar for young Europeans between 18 and 35. 

After the successful first Ventotene Forum in Dresden, Saxony in 2022, we are happy to develop this format further with two key innovations. Firstly, we invite participants from Saxon partner regions in 7 EU-member states to join this inter-regional European citizens’ dialogue. Secondly, we return to the roots: Ventotene – one of the birthplaces of the federal movement in Europe.

We will start on the island of Ventotene and continue in Rome – the “first European capital” – and discuss subjects from the European elections and our roles in forming a future of Europe, to the challenges of propaganda and war on information in times of conflict.

Join us from April 6th to 9th 2024 (April 5th is the recommended day of arrival)

in Rome and Ventotene Island.


Program (subject to change)

Day of arrival: Friday, 5. April 2024
We will meet in Formia for the first night and travel to the Island of Ventotene together on Saturday, 6. April 2024

Day 1: Saturday, 6. April

Boat to Ventotene (details tba)

11.30 - Arrival and tour of the Island

12.30 - Lunch

14.00 – Opening ceremony
15.00 – Input: The Relevance of the Ventotene Manifesto for the Future of the EU
16.00 – Working groups
17.00 - Panel discussion
18.00 - visit to the Ventotene cemetary

19.30 - Dinner

21.00 - Cultural night

Day 2: Sunday, 7. April
09.15 - Panel: Federalism as a Response to Nationalism and the Crisis of National Democracies
10.40 - working groups
11.45 – general debate

12.30 – Lunch

Ventotene Island exploration and history

15.00 – travel back to Rome (boat and bus)

Day 3: Monday, 8. April
09.15 – Input session: EU`s Challenges and the Role of Citizens` and Regions as Actors of Change
10.40 – Working groups: Choose one topic
12.00 – presentation of working groups

12.30 – Lunch

14.00 – Panel: The EU during times of war - limits and perspecitves
15.15 - general debate
16.00 - getting ready and travel to evening reception at the Residence of the German Ambassador to Italy

18.00 – Keynote speeches
19.15 – Get together / dinner with political actors

Day 4: Tuesday, 9. April
09.15 – Panel: EurHope
10.15 – Working groups: Taking home strategies
11.15 – General presentation of reflections

12.00 - Closing remarks

13.00 - Lunch 

Travel cost, catering and accomodation:
Catering during the day and accommodation will be organised and covered for all participants. Hotel rooms nearby the seminar venue will be booked for the nights 5. – 9. April 2024 (5.-6. April in Formia, 6.-7. April in Ventotene, 7.-9. April in Rome., rooms will be shared by 2 to 4 people) for all selected participants that have requested accommodation. If you wish to stay longer, please organise the extra nights privately.
Participants traveling to Formia (starting point to travel to Ventotene) will be granted a lump sum financial contribution to their travel cost up to 275.00 €. Please organise your journey privately and pay for the tickets in advance.
During the event you will receive a form for the reimbursement application. You will receive the reimbursement after the event.
The recommended day and time of arrival is Friday the 5th of April in the evening in Formia to enable the group to travel to Ventotene. We will provide a meeting point at Roma Termini on Friday late afternoon (details tba).

Conditions of participation and registration:
Participants must be aged 18+. Please apply via the from here (deadline 06.03.2024).

Since the number of participants is limited to 100 we reserve the right to select participants. We will inform you about your acceptance / rejection by 10.03.2024.
The event will be held in English. Therefore, good English skills are an important requirement to participate. It is within the discretion of participants to judge if they fulfill this requirement. Translation will not be provided.


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