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23rd International Seminar on Federalism, FEDERALISM FROM EUROPE TO THE WORLD, Ventotene, September 3-8, 2006




For many years, the Altiero Spinelli Institute for Federalist Studies has organised a yearly international seminar on the island of Ventotene. This island off the Italian coast, was the place where Altiero Spinelli, author of the Federalist Ventotene Manifesto, was imprisoned during the Second World War. Each year, young Federalists gather here to discuss with leading experts from the European and World Federalist Movement federalist ideas and their application to the European and global context.

Possible topics for this year's conference may include but are not limited to:

Federalism as a Political Theory

Federalism as an Institutional Model

The Values Pursued by Federalism

Federalism as an Answer to the Challenges of Globalisation

The EU as the Most Advanced Federalist Experiment

The Potential for a Greater Global Role of the EU

The Federal Citizenship: A New Model

Past, Present and Future Role of the Federalist Movements in the European Integration

Proposals for Overcoming the Present Stalemate of the EU

Guidelines for Strategy and Action of the Federalist Movements in the Near Future


Call for Papers


You are invited to be a part of this discussion. Starting with this year, a certain number of speakers will be selected on the basis of a Call for Papers, open to everyone interested. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is June 3. Your abstract will be reviewed by an Altiero Spinelli Institute Commission and notices of acceptance will be sent out on approximately June 30.

The Altiero Spinelli Institute will provide to the selected speakers full reimbursement of their travel expenses and accommodation and full board for two nights - three days. Speakers who want to attend the whole seminar will receive full travel reimbursement and will have to pay a fee of 90 €.


If you wish to submit an abstract, please click here:





The online application form must be submitted by June 3 at the very latest. The form is accessible by clicking on:


If you encounter problems with the web-based form, please send an email with the same data to applications(at)



By June 15, an Altiero Spinelli Institute Commission will select the participants and will provide the admitted ones with detailed information concerning the procedure for confirmation, the final programme and how to reach Ventotene.


Participation fee and travel reimbursement



Considering that, in the past years, the participation fee was often higher than the travel expenses, starting with 2005, the Altiero Spinelli Institute decided to abolish both the participation fee and the travel reimbursement. The selected participants will receive without any cost accommodation and all the meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from the dinner of Sunday Sept. 3 to the lunch of Friday Sept. 8 included.

No travel reimbursement is provided. Booking in large advance, it will be possible to fly to Rome or Naples at very low costs from many places in Europe.

Special conditions for Italian participants

The conditions for Italians applying for the international seminar are instead the same as those of the national seminar (150 € participation fee and 80% travel reimbursement up to a maximum of 70 €).


Caution money

A caution of 100 € shall be paid in advance by those who have been accepted in the seminar, so that the Institute can book the hotel, without risking own funds in case of last-minute withdrawals. The full amount of 100 € will be given back, cash, to each participant at the end of the seminar, provided that she will have attended all sections.



In order to facilitate those who come from the farthest countries, the Altiero Spinelli Institute will provide a certain number of scholarships of 150 € each, covering part of the travel expenses, upon request. The attribution of the scholarship will be communicated together with the confirmation letter. Please note that the acceptance to the seminar does not automatically imply the attribution of a scholarship unless explicitly stated.

If you want to apply for a scholarship, please send a full CV and a motivation letter (not longer than one page) to scholarships(at)


Working language

English will be the working language for the international seminar. An Italian seminar will be run in parallel, with Italian participants.



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