Yuste Foundation presents the book Peace and European values as a potential model for integration and progress in a global world in Rome

The publication includes the research works presented at the doctoral seminar by the ten researchers who were awarded a Sofia Corradi- European Research and Mobility Grant for European Studies.

The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy and the Office of the European Parliament in Italy, will present the book Peace and European values as a potential model for integration and progress in a global world at the building of the European Parliament in Rome, on 30 January at 16:00 pm.

This publication, included in the book collection “Cuadernos de Yuste”, is the result of the research works carried out by the researchers awarded the Sofia Corradi Research and Mobility Grants for European Studies, which are in turn linked to the Carlos V European Award. These were exposed and discussed at the doctoral seminar organised by the Foundation from 24 to 26 July 2017, at the Royal Monastery of Yuste.

The Director of the Office of the European Parliament in Italy, Carlo Corazza; the Spanish Ambassador in Italy, Alfonso Dastis; Professor and winner of the Carlos V European Award, Sofia Corradi; the President of the Foundation’s Executive Committee and Director General of External Action, Rosa Balas; the coordinator of the publication, Jesús Baigorri and two of the researchers who are responsible of the contents of the book, Bettina Steible and Luigi Cino, will take part in the presentation. Following the institutional words and the presentation of the book, diplomas will be given to the authors of the works included in the book. The event is supported by Alimentos de Extremadura and Extremadura Avante, the Regional Government of Extremadura’s group of public entities.

In the preface of the book, Sofia Corradi reviews the most notable milestones of the Erasmus Programme, giving special emphasis to those who she has collaborated with, contributing with her knowledge and personal experience. In this sense, she recalls that ever since the Erasmus Programme was launched in 1987 it has made the exchange of approximately five million students from around five thousand higher education European institutions possible. She, furthermore, points out that since 2014 the Erasmus Programme –now Erasmus Plus- has a broader scope to include other programmes, institutions and pre-existing European organisations of all sort in order to offer young managers and workers similar opportunities and to get a greater amount of geographical areas involved.

The winner of the Carlos V European Award explains that the programme’s budget has reached fifteen thousand million euros for the period from 2014 to 2020 in her text, a figure that only includes the European Union’s contribution.

Finally, Corradi affirms that ever since she began her research on the Erasmus Programme, she has systematically observed that “young adults who spend a period of their lives fully immersed in a different culture develop precious personal traits” and adds that the Erasmus Programme “creates a dialogical mindset. This mindset becomes a very general and permanent characteristic of the individual and works with regard to any culture, that is to say the effect is general and lasting, and it influences all future relationships the individual will have when encountering new people”.

The publication includes different research works on subjects, such as: border management; the importance of peripheries as opposed to Eurocentrism; the construction of European citizenship; foreign policy of the European Union in the Mediterranean; the role of women in the process of European construction, as the cases of Simone Veil, the first woman President of the European Parliament, and Sofia Corradi in the defence of European values and religious laws –both winners of the Carlos V European Award-, among other subjects.

The works published in this book have had the support of the Regional Government of Extremadura; the Agency for International Development Cooperation (AEXCID); the Italian Embassy in Spain; the Italian Government through the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research; the Assembly of Extremadura; the city Council of Cáceres; the City Council of Badajoz; the University of Extremadura; National Heritage; and the Socio Economic Governance and European Identity Network (SEGEI).

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