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Monthly Newsletter edited by Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Network
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Year 7th, number 71 - July 2019



POLART, the name of the project and a mix between the word politics and art, has initiated a partner’s platform at the European level, associating art companies, scholars, universities, civil society organisations and youth integration organisations together.
Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme Strategic Partnership, activities gathered artist-educators, emerging artists, experts and citizens interested in the relationship between art and politics. Led over a three year period (2016-2019), the activities consisted of workshops, research, artist residencies, production of MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, and organization of events. During this experience, participants collaborated to conceive a methodology formalising the artistic creation process, and associating art and politics. Participants then disseminated this methodology throughout Europe with promotion weekends and the online publication of video material. In particular, Cittadinanzattiva/ACN volunteers had the chance to be engaged in the production on MOOC and, more in general, worked to educate others on the social, cultural, and economic value of  what we do in the community and for the community as an organization. Read more


Active in Europe: Advocacy Prospects in the Aftermath of the European Elections
In the framework of the EU project POLART Circle, the EU branch of Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Newtwork organized in Rome (Italy) last 8th July 2019 a roundtable on the future of advocacy at the EU level, in order to reflect the obstacles and opportunities to better advocate at the EU level. Read more (EN - IT version)

Read the speakers’ biographies (EN - IT Version)
Click here to see the photos of the event
Click here to read the press release and the summary (IT version)
Click here to see a video/interview (IT Version)
To know more about the previous initiative promoted by Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Newtwork in the framework of the EU project POLART Circle, titled “Initiatives, tools & performing arts to increase participation: focus on healthcare,” which took place on the 4th of February 2019 in Brussels (Belgium), click here.

Bio panelist

Sara Beltrami
Activist and volunteer, Beltrami volunteers at Active Citizenship Network (ACN) and for the NGO Associazione Progetto Endometriosi (A.P.E.) Onlus, an evidence-based Italian organization that promotes news and information about endometriosis.

Virgilio Dastoli
Currently. Dastoli is the President of the Associazione Italiana della Comunicazione Pubblica e Istituzionale (2018-current) and a Professor of renown in International Law at the University for Foreign Students “Dante Alighieri” (2016-2020). Dastoli also holds membership positions in the UEF Federal Committee, the International board of CIFE, and the Steering Committee of the European Civic Forum.

Anna Lisa Mandorino
As the Deputy Secretary-General of Cittadinanzattiva since January 2009, Mandorino is responsible for the Participation and Civic Activism area, directing the national headquarters of Cittadinanzattiva and coordinating the interaction with hundreds of territories of the organization present throughout Italy.

Gianluca Giansante
Giansante is a Communication and Advocacy consultant, and a partner at Comin & Partners, a leading Italian Public Affairs and Strategic Communication agency. He teaches Communication at the Department of Political Science at LUISS “Guido Carli” University and in the masters programs at the School of Government and the Luiss Business School.

Daniela Quaggia
Quaggia is a Senior project coordinator at Active Citizenship Network, and graduated in Communication Science and with a 2nd level University Master degree in Public and Institutional Communication. Since January 2010, she has member of the ACN staff and project manager of EU projects  related on health and citizens involvement.

Diva Ricevuto
Ricevuto has been a Civil Mediator since 2011, a rapporteur and trainer for the Association Sulleregole of Milan since 2013, a tutor and senior member of the think tank Yong Leaders for the Luigi Sturzo Institute in Rome since 2014, as well as a spokeswomen for both the  Association Sulleregole of Milan and the Luigi Sturzo Institute since 2015.

Claudia Salvi
Graduating with a degree in political science in 1987, Salvi currently works at the Formez PA as Coordinator of the Citizen Information Center "Europe Direct Roma Innovazione". Previously, she worked at the International Activities Office at the same company as an expert of communication activities in the context of European Union, twinning projects funded by EU in Third Countries. Salvi also deals with direct funding from the European Union.

Arturo Salerni
Salerni is a lawyer and works in various areas of law (criminal, administrative, international, immigration and asylum and for the protection of human rights), and is the President of the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights and is one of the founders of the Antigone Association, which deals with criminal and prison law.

Mariano Votta
Votta is a Public affairs professional and journalist, and is the Director of Active Citizenship Network (ACN), the international branch of the Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva, where he is responsible for European Affairs. Passionate about healthcare and consumer issues, he has more than 17 years of experience in the field of advocacy, stakeholder engagement, European projects, communication and civic information.


17th and 18th of July, Helsinki (Finland): Annual Forum of IMI project DRIVE 
Recognized by the organizers as an expert in the field, Active Citizenship Network has been invited to participate in the panel of the Annual Forum of DRIVE in order to provide a citizens perspective on vaccine policy. The DRIVE project (Development of Robust and Innovative Vaccine Effectiveness) was established in 2017 under Innovative Medicines Initiative. DRIVE is developing a European platform for studying brand-specific influenza vaccine effectiveness. The meeting will be held at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in Helsinki, Finland.
To know more about the project, click here.

12th & 13th of September, Dublin (Ireland): 11th Citizens’ Energy Forum
Cittadinanzattiva for the third year in a row has been officially invited to attend the Annual Citizens' Energy Forum, organized by the European Commission. To know more, click here.

12th of September, Brussels (Belgium): Global Vaccination Summit
In cooperation with the World Health Organisation, the European Commission is organising a Global Vaccination Summit, in which Active Citizenship Network has been invited to participate in. The overall objective of this Summit is to give high level visibility and political endorsement to the topic of vaccination and issue a statement to endorse and promote the benefits of vaccination as the most successful public health measure that saves millions of lives every year. This event will be centered around three roundtables with a Declaration that makes references to key principles, actions and goals on vaccination being adopted at the end of the Summit. To know more about the summit, click here.


13th of September, Brussels (Belgium): THINK YOUNG initiative
The Young Coalition for Prevention & Vaccination (YC4PV), which brings together student organizations, health policy activists, patient associations, and the medical and pharmaceutical sectors, will be holding its third workshop this year on vaccinations, which Active Citizenship Network will be attending. The group, led by a youth-focused think tank and Vaccines Today supporting organization called Think Young, plans on publishing a manifesto by 2020 with concrete proposals for increasing awareness and uptake of vaccinations. The workshops are helping to shape the manifesto. To know more about this initiative, click here.

16th and 17th of September, Rome (Italy): EU-JAMRAI 2nd Annual Meeting & Stakeholder Forum
The European Joint Action Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections will be holdings its Second Annual Meeting. Active Citizenship Network has been officially invited to participate as a stakeholder partner. The Meeting will consist of round tables, workshops, the stakeholders forum, and a general assembly. To know more, click here.

2nd, 3rd, & 4th of October, Rome (Italy): EU-JAV Annual Meeting
Active Citizenship Network has been officially invited to attend the European Joint Action on Vaccination’s Annual Meeting as a stakeholder partner. To know more, click here.



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