Europe of Ideas
Renzo Imbeni, Vice-president of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2004, was a caring and active interlocutor within the organisation of awareness campaigns and dealing with European Union issues addressing young people and schools in Modena. Every time he took the floor he stressed the importance of involving the citizens and civil society in the integration process of the European Union to bridge the democracy gap exacerbating the citizens’ indifference and scepticism, as well as the importance of the concept of European citizenship, not to be considered as something weakening one’s own local, regional and national identity, but as a new opportunity to enrich one’s social, religious and individual culture. The City of Modena, his birthplace, wishes to pay tribute to his memory by giving young students who are about to complete or have just completed their University curricula the opportunity to gain insight into the European Union and its democratic consolidation process, by establishing the Renzo Imbeni Summer School.
Thanks to several contributions, it aims at providing an overview of the current state of the integration in the various sectors which see the involvement of the European Union, in the light of both their political and legal-institutional aspects. The participants will have the opportunity to meet high-profile members of the Academia as well as important political and institutional representatives.
The course is developed in collaboration with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and Fondazione Collegio San Carlo, in partnership with the Centre for Research and Documentation on the European Union , the Europe Direct Centre of Modena, the “Marco Biagi” Department of Economics, the Department of Law and Department of Linguistic and Cultural Studies of the local University, and with the Italian Council of the European Movement.
At the end of the course, 2 study grants will be awarded for a duration of four months each to fund 2 traineeships at the European Parliament, the course attendance is free of cost, but subject to the application submitted following a public call for candidates and the ensuing assessment of CVs. 30 selected participants will be asked to contribute with a enrolment fee of €100.
A Scientific Committee was created including several representatives from the institutions collaborating in the project and the Imbeni family to act as guarantors and provide guidance within the activities developed within the Summer School initiative.
The Scientific Committee is assisted by a Didactic council playing a role in terms of the organisation, proposals and development of didactic activities.
The Renzo Imbeni Summer School has obtained the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy, Mr. Sergio Mattarella. It is held under the high patronage of the European Parliament, the patronage of the European Union Committee of the Regions, the European Commission Representation in Italy, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Regione Emilia Romagna and with the contribution of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena.