Ventotene Forum

From 20. to 23. Okctober 2022 in Dresden

The regions Saxony (Germany) and Lazio (Italy) collaborate in a regional partnership on various levels, including civil society. In the course of this partnership, citizens from Saxony and Lazio gather in Dresden at the end of October to discuss current topics of Europa during the Ventotene Forum. 

We are at a turning point in the history of Europe: A new war emerges in Europe and, once again, the EU becomes a new hope for people fleeing from devastation and despair. Global crisis (climate change, war, pandemics) dictate the lives of young generations. Questions arise:  How can sustainable peace be established? What role does the EU play in this process? How can it finally form a commong migration policy? 

At the same time, the Conference on the Future of Europe has come to an end. The desire for a reform of the Treaties of the European Union is a clear outcome. Why is a reform important to react to global crisis?

During the Forum, lasting several days, citizens from Saxony and Lazio have the opportunity to discuss their visions for the future of Europe. The exchange of perspectives, hopes and wishes will be supported by experts who will give input on four main themes. 

Citizens from Saxony and Lazio, aged 18+, are cordially invited. 



Impact Hub Galerie Dresden
Trompeterstr. 5
01069 Dresden


Travel cost, catering and accomodation:

Catering during the day and accomodation for participants that don't live in Dresden will be provided by the organiser. More information will follow.

Participants from Italy will be granted a financial contribution to their travel cost up to 275,00 €.



Working groups will develop three to four proposals after each group phase. Those proposals will be summarised into joint statements in the plenary at the end of the forum.


Thursday, 20.10.2022: Day 1

15.00 - 15.30 Opening

15.30 - 16.30 Migration beyond emergency: how to institutionalize solidarity and respect human rights

• Overcoming migration as an emergency, security risk, criminalisation
• Dublin regulation, capacity of member states
• effects of migration on the EU
• common migration policy
• transformation of society regarding views on migration, community with shared values, diversity

16.30 - 17.30 working groups

17.30 - 18.00 plenary debate


Friday, 21.10.2022: Day 2

10.00 - 11.00 A European foreign policy: how to guarantee peace in war times in a multipolar world?

• perspectives of a common european foreign policy
• effects of a european defense policy in a multilateral world
• old and new imperial power, international anarchy, authoritatian states 
• how can sustainable peace be achieved and a new model of multilateralism be established?

11.00 - 12.00 working groups

12.00 - 12.30 plenary debate


Cultural program



Saturday, 22.10.2022: Day 3

10.00 - 11.00 The crisis generation: a global perspective of today's challenges

• Introduction to current global emergencies and challenges
• migration, climate change, war, crisis of multilateralism
• the meaning of globalisation and interdepencies
​​​​​​​• the youth as a crisis generation

16.30 - 17.30 working groups

17.30 - 18.00 plenary debate


15.30 - 16.30 How to reform the European Union: perspectives for our future to respond to global challenges and promote fundamental values

• Turning point: Reform of the Treaties after the CoFoE 
• Possible reform setups and processes 
• The role of civil society movements and citizens
• Reform of the EU as an answer to global challenges

11.00 - 12.00 working groups

12.00 - 13.00 plenary debate

Sunday, 23.10.2022: Day 4

10.00 – 10.30 summary of group statements

10.30 – 11.30 plenary debate & agreement on the final statement of working groups on the future of Europe

11.30 – 12.00 final presentation and closing remarks


Conditions of participation and registration:

Participants must be aged 18+. Registration via the form down below. Registration deadline: 30.09.2022.
Since the number of participants is limited we reserve the right to select participants. Participants identifying with marginalised groups will receive preferential treatment. Information related to this can be given voluntarily. We will inform you about your acceptance / rejection by October 5th 2022.

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 fulfull this requirement.

By registrating you accept that we save and handle your personal data in accordance to the DSGVO. Read the full daa protection declaration HERE.

The Saxon Ministry of Justice, Democracy, Europe and Equality finances this event.

20220922: Registration Ventotene Forum