<span><strong>IV</strong> Observatory </span>
<span>on Europe and the Mediterranean</span>

IV Observatory on Europe and the Mediterranean

The meridians of freedom in the light of contemporary international news

Once again this year, Taobuk SeeSicily proposes itself as a key agora for analysing and debating the burning issues of current affairs, without making claims and addressing them from multifaceted points of view. On Saturday 17 June, the IV Observatory on Europe and the Mediterranean will take place, in collaboration with the EU Commission Representation in Italy.

The appointment will be divided into three moments, in line with the concept chosen for the XIII edition, during which the meridians of freedom will be investigated, thanks to the contribution of intellectuals of world renown.

Messina-Brussels Perspectives and horizons for full freedom of movement

–  ore 10 a.m., San Domenico Palace

Uniting to trade, thus strengthening the backbone of the European Union: the Single Market. The bridge over the Strait of Messina is not only a technical (and political) challenge for Italy and future generations. It is also an opportunity to put to the test the shared principles and mechanisms that have provided the lifeblood of the entire EU project for 30 years: the freedom of movement of goods, goods and services.

Mare Nostrum and war in Ukraine. Italy crossroads in the energy challenge for a free Europe

–  ore 11 a.m., San Domenico Palace 

The war in Ukraine has brought the issue of energy independence to the forefront. Freedom from Russian hydrocarbons, a political choice before being an economic one, has shifted the focus of European supply to the south. The Mediterranean Sea has taken on a new, strategic importance as route that bring gas from the Gulf countries and the United States, at the same time re-evaluating existing ties with suppliers in North Africa. What choices does Europe face? How can our country make the most of its Mediterranean centrality economically, politically and strategically, while at the same time avoiding the risks that countries that become energy hubs have always run?