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THE DEMOCRATIC UTOPIA - THE CITIZEN-BASED COMMUNITY: FROM ERASMUS TO THE FUTURE
19 NOV 2018
Between those who defend the utopia of a democratic Europe, with a federal constitution, European parties and electoral cycles, in which the European Commission and its President are chosen via direct elections, and those who consider that the European Union is a sui generis construction in which the intergovernmental dimension is essential to guarantee the balance between Member States and preserve national identities.

Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretária de Estado dos Assuntos Europeus
Niccolo Milanese, fundador da "European Alternatives" e co-autor do livro”Citizens of Nowhere: How to save Europe from Itself'

Moderator: Carlos Jalali, Presidente da Associação Portuguesa de Ciência Política



  • LocationAuditorium
  • Schedule21h30 - 23h30
  • Days19 NOV 2018
Philosopher and Founder of the "Alternativas Europeias”

Niccolo Milanese is a founding director of European Alternatives, a transnational civil society organisation promoting democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation state. British and French, with Italian parents, for over a decade he has been involved in civic and literary initiatives on all sides of the Mediterranean to promote civic education, a transnational citizenship, democracy and political imagination. He was in the first elected steering committee of Civil Society Europe and leads work on civic space and fundamental rights.  Together with Lorenzo Marsili he is author of 'Citizens of Nowhere: How to save Europe from Itself' (Zedbooks London 2018). In 2018 and 2019 he has visiting fellowships at the Pontifical University of Rio de Janiero and UNAM Mexico to study citizenship in times of uncertainty.
Secretary of State for European Affairs of Portugal

Ana Paula Baptista Grade Zacarias was born in Lisbon in 1959.
She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Lisbon (1983).
She was an assistant at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - Universidade Nova de Lisboa until 1985.
She entered the Portuguese Diplomatic Service in 1983 and held several assignments: to the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1984-1985); as Junior Counsellor for International Relations at the Office of the President of the Republic (1986-1988); as Director of Press and Information Department (1996-1998) and as Vice President of the Instituto Camões (1998-2000).

As a career diplomat she also served at different Diplomatic Missions such as the Embassy of Portugal in the USA (1988-1993); as Consul in Curitiba (1993-1996); as Deputy Permanent Representative in the delegation of Portugal to the UNESCO in Paris (2000-2005); as the first resident Ambassador of Portugal to Estonia (2005-2008) and as Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the European Union (2009-2011).
From 2011 to 2015 she was Head of Delegation of the EU Delegation in Brazil and from 2015 until August 2017 Head of Delegation of the EU Delegation to Colombia and Ecuador.

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