The meeting of the Council of Europe, also on March 25, will see heads of state gather in Rome
The group of the same name will demonstrate in Rome on March 25, coinciding with a renewed drive by Brussels to reaffirm support for the European Union.
Marching from the Piazza di Spagna in the capital Rome from 12pm, it will end in another square which is still ‘under discussion with the local authorities’.
Calling on members of civil society, scholars, youth and EU citizens to join in the march, thousands could swarm the streets as they seek to revive the European project.
The procession is preceded by an event entitled ‘Europe Calling; Re-building Vision, Re-gaining Trust, Re-launching Unity’.
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Remain supporters demonstrate during the March for Europe rally in Parliament Square, London
It will feature a roundtable with representatives of European Civil Society Organisations, interventions by those it deems ‘European Intellectuals’, and a further meeting with members of the European Parliament and political representatives.
The march also coincides with the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which Brussels is using as a focal point to centre a renewed call for closer cooperation.
A previous march in the UK saw thousands take to the streets in London in September
The meeting of the Council of Europe, also on March 25, will see heads of state gather in Rome, in what has been described as a ‘extraordinary’ meeting.
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The revived relationship will be set out in an initiative called the Rome Declaration, a nod to the original treaty, and will also act as a blueprint for their post-Brexit vision.
As the date nears, March for Europe has been actively promoting its cause, including garnering support from inside the institution itself and publishing appeals in newspapers across Europe.
Europe remains an incomplete construction at risk of collapsing if not completed
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The group claims over 300 ‘European intellectuals and academics’ from across the EU have signed a declaration calling for the anniversary to act as a launchpad for integration, aiming to give “political leaders the strength and courage to push forward the EU to a new beginning.”
But the group acknowledges the bloc is in trouble, saying: “Today the European Union remains an incomplete construction at risk of unraveling under the pressure of multiple crisis and the rise of populism and nationalism in many countries.
“Europe has inspired other regions of the world in their search for unity and modernity.
Thousands could swarm the streets as they seek to revive the European project
“Yet, Europe remains an incomplete construction at risk of collapsing if not completed without delay.”
And in a dig at Brexit, the group continues: “Faced with a struggling economy and fading influence in a globalised world dominated by continental powers, we Europeans cannot close ourselves within national borders hoping to fence problems off.
Some 92 travel points have been set up in Italy alone to ferry demonstrators to the capital
“European states will have no future if they remain divided and compete with each other instead of standing united.
“For those who believe in a strong, united and democratic Europe, it is time to stand up. Against nationalism and populism.”
The March for Europe’s website claims groups are attending the demo from across the continent, with several troupes expected from Germany, Portugal, Bulgaria, France, Spain and Hungary to name a few.
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Some 92 travel points have been set up in Italy alone to ferry demonstrators to the capital.
A previous march in the UK saw thousands take to the streets in London in September, with demonstrations also taking place in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Oxford, and Cambridge.
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