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The year 2003 will witness the approval of the new Constitutional Treaty of the European Union. The Treaty will mark an important step in the European integration process, which has characterized our continent for more than a decade, in which all citizens are called upon to participate. Young people, in particular, are showing a notable amount of reactivity and enthusiasm.
To encourage the discussion amongst its students, the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” is part of a network of other 20 European Universities - coordinated by the prestigious Institut d’Etudes Politiques (“Sciences Po.”) in Paris - which is developing a common position on the work of the Convention. A delegation of students from Tor Vergata have thus participated in the “I Convention of European Students,” held at Sciences Po., from the 15th to the 18th of January 2003.

The II Convention of European Students is the natural follow-up of this initiative: the students, who in the past months have continued to follow the work of the “real” Convention, as well as to exchange ideas and proposals on-line, as well as to take positions on the current situation of the new Europe, will meet again at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in correlation with the start of the Semester of the Italian Presidency for the EU. As a result of the high level and quality of the students’ work, the II Convention of European Students has been included in the official program of the Italian Presidency of the European Union.

When the students met for the first time in January, divided into working groups, they produced amendments to the draft of the Constitution which were then presented to the members of the European Convention. With an innovative formula, the students themselves conducted the plenary sessions in which politicians were freely interrogated. Without fear of speaking their minds, the students thus gave life to an extremely interesting and content filled debate. The University partners are thus developing a common reflection on concerning the elaboration of innovative educational methods.

At Rome, the students will maintain the original working methods as laid-out in Paris: panels of plenary sessions will be paired with thematic working groups concentrated on specific issues. The aim is to propose a high-level debate and, as in Paris, to produce a comprehensive and innovative final document . Amongst the various Italian and European political personalities present, the following have already confirmed their attendance and their desire to debate with the students: PierFerdinando Casini, Giuliano Amato, Gianfranco Fini, Franco Frattini, Rocco Buttiglione, Valdo Spini, Umberto Ranieri, Inigo Mendes de Vigo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal Antonio Martins Da Cruz, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jan Kohout, the Secretary of the Pontificial Council of Justice and Peace Giampaolo Crepaldi.
In addition, a part from the academic work, there will be moments of relax and entertainment to allow the participants to socialize: the first evening the students will have the opportunity to become familiar with our capital “by night”, while the two following nights will revolve around two major parties. For more information, consult our program!!!

The event is organized in collaboration with the European Commission and European Parliament’s Representatives in Italy and under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic, and under the Patronge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the Presidency of the Council - Ministry of Community Policies, the Ministry of Education, University and Research, Cantiere Europa, and the Municipality of Rome. We gratefully thank the generous contributions of our sponsors, among which deserve particular mention the Italian Post and the Foundation Aristide Merloni, for which we owe acknowledgment for the realization of the event.
Last, but not least, the II Convention has been entirely organized by our small team of represented in Italy students, in collaboration with the office of International Relations and European Affairs and with the enthusiastic support of the Rector Prof. Alessandro Finazzi Agrò.

A warm and genuine thanks to all…and we’ll see you in July!!

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