The third annual Euro-Med inter-institutional conference took place on Sunday September 5, 2021, in the island of Ventotene (Piazza Chiesa), in the context of the Ponza Prima-Med initiative, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Manifesto for a Free and United Europe, which Altiero Spinelli, then deported to the island of Ventotene (1939-1943), wrote in 1941, imagining the rebirth of a democratic and peaceful Europe.

Mediterranean Perspectives (Prospettive Mediterranee) and the Representation of the European Commission in Italy organized the event, with the generous support of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), under the patronage of the Italian Network for the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue (RIDE, Head of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Italy), the PRIMA Foundation, the Municipality of Ventotene and of Ponza, the Ministry of Culture, and the Ministry of Ecological Transition, in the framework of the Cerealia Festival.

The international conference was the opportunity to discuss new ideas on sustainable development, focusing on such central themes as food security, circular economy, sustainable tourism, Mediterranean collective identities, scientific diplomacy, and identitary cuisine. The the launch of the research award “Women, Europe, and the Mediterranean”, thanks to the contribution of the Istituto di Studi Politici “S. Pio V” (a RIDE member), enhancing the role of Women in the fight for Freedom and Democracy, concluded the event.