The project was launched by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) and is supported by a large transnational consortium of European foundations. Project partners include organisations from across Europe. In a nutshell, the goal of the New Pact for Europe project is (1) to foster a wider public debate on the EU’s future at both European and national level, involving not only policy-makers but also citizens; (2) to contribute fresh but also realistic thinking and ideas on how to address the challenges facing Europe; and (3) to help close widening gaps between Member States and even within EU countries about Europe’s future.
In the framework of the project, the IAI organized three events in Italy in the first semester of 2014: (1) a public panel debate with media, NGOs and interested stakeholders and (2) a closed doors meeting with around 15 policy-makers, policy-shapers, opinion formers in Rome; and (3) a Citizens Advisory Group with a selected group of 25 citizens in Turin in collaboration with Centro Studi sul Federalismo.
The project continued in 2016 with two new events in Rome organized by IAI in June: (1) a public round table with stakeholders, the media and NGOs, (2) a closed-door meeting with politicians and opinion makers.
The project will be going on in 2017.