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Ventotene International Seminar

CALLING ALL WORLD FEDERALISTS!

World Federalist Conference in Ventotene, Italy

WFM-Canada is proud to award the 'Outstanding Delegate' of the Model UN Parliamentary Assembly a trip to attend the Ventotene International Seminar in Italy. The Conference, which will take place on the historic island of Ventotene, is dedicated to exploring the legacy of the Ventotene Manifesto and its relevance to the challenges facing Europe today. You will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts on European integration, participate in lively discussions and debates, and connect with fellow young writers and activists from around the world.


Young federalists gather here annually, with leading experts from the European and World Federalist Movement, to explore federalist thinking on European and global issues. The seminar is a unique and intensive experience in European and Federalist studies. This is the most important federalist seminar in Europe and the world.

Interested in getting invovled?

We Support Youth Participation!

The World Federalist Movement - Canada will select one participant to attend the Ventotene International Seminar with their costs for travel, lodging, and meals fully covered!

FAQ about Ventotene International Seminar

What is the Ventotene International Seminar?

The Ventotene International Seminar, also known as the Ventotene Seminar or the Altiero Spinelli Seminar, is an annual event that brings together scholars, politicians, and experts to discuss topics related to European integration and federalism. It takes place on the Italian island of Ventotene, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

What is the history of the Ventotene Conference?

the Ventotene World Federalist Conference was a historic meeting of European federalists held on the island of Ventotene, Italy, in 1941. The conference was organized by Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi, two anti-fascist activists who were imprisoned on the island by the Italian government.

During their imprisonment, Spinelli and Rossi drafted a manifesto known as the Ventotene Manifesto, which called for the establishment of a federal Europe as a means of preventing future wars and promoting democracy and human rights. The manifesto proposed a European federation based on the principles of subsidiarity, solidarity, and democratic participation.

What is the Ventotene Manifesto?

The Ventotene Manifesto, also known as the Manifesto for a Free and United Europe, is a political document that was written by Italian political prisoners Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi while they were interned on the island of Ventotene during World War II. The manifesto was drafted in 1941 and published in 1944.

The manifesto advocates for a federalist system of government in Europe, in which individual nation-states would give up some of their sovereignty in order to create a more unified and cooperative continent. It argues that a united Europe is necessary in order to prevent the recurrence of war and to promote economic and social progress. The manifesto calls for a new European order based on democracy, social justice, and human rights.

The Ventotene Manifesto is significant because it is considered one of the foundational documents of the European Union. It helped to inspire the formation of the European federalist movement and paved the way for the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, which was the precursor to the European Union. The manifesto's call for a federalist Europe has had a lasting impact on European politics and continues to influence debates about the future of the European project.

What was the impact of the Ventotene Conference?

The Ventotene conference brought together a group of European intellectuals and activists who shared Spinelli and Rossi's vision of a federal Europe. Participants included Jean Monnet, future architect of the European Union, and Eugenio Colorni, a Jewish-Italian philosopher who was later killed by the Nazis.

The Ventotene Manifesto and the ideas discussed at the conference laid the groundwork for the post-World War II European integration process, which ultimately led to the formation of the European Union. The conference is thus considered a seminal moment in the history of European federalism and the struggle for a peaceful, united Europe.

When is the Seminar?

The last Ventotene International Seminar took take place September 11th to 16th of 2023. The date of the next conference is yet to be determined.

FAQ About Outstanding Delegate

What is the eligibility to receive the financial support to attend Ventotene International Seminar?

In order to be eligible for the Outstanding Delegate prize to attend the Ventotene International Seminar you must be a Canadian Resident (temporary or permanent), under 35 years of age, or a Canadian citizen that is currently outside of Canada.

How do I apply for (or participate in) the Ventotene competition?

Participate and do your best in the Model UN Parliamentary Assembly at our annual World Federalist Conference. SIgn up to be a delegate HERE.

Want to increase your odds? Read the Model UNPA Delegate Handbook and research the topic)

What are the criteria that will be used to select the winner of the Ventotene competition?

Various criteria will be evaluated at the chair's discretion:

  • Diplomacy
  • Preparedness
  • Knowledge of the topic
  • Understanding of the rules of procedure
  • Professionalism and courtesy towards other delegates and the chair

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