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ISSIRFA NEWSLETTER 2015

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Report on Regions 2014-2015 in press (Sole24ore) addresses the most relevant issues of regionalism: health, social services, environment, housing, cultural heritage, energy, migrations, technological innovation and technology transfer. Particular emphasis is placed on economic activities (agriculture, tourism, commerce, industry, handicrafts) which still receive support from Regions.

RECENT ACTIVITIES AT THE INSTITUTE

On the issues of the Constitutional reform, the Institute organized some conferences
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and participated to the public debate in different occasions, in particular during the hearings of the Parliament (S. Mangiameli, L. Ronchetti).

EUROPEAN MIGRATION NETWORK

On the issues of Migration, the Institute, together with other CNR Institutes, is continuing its work as the Italian National Contact Point (NCP) of the European Migration Network (EMN). The EMN is a network established by the European Council with a view to providing Community institutions and Member States institutions with objective, reliable and up-to-date information on migration and asylum (European Council Decision No 2008/381/EC).

CONFERENCE ON FOOD DIVERSITY-MAY 2015

In May 2015 the Institute with the group LAIR (Law and Agroecology - Ius et Rus) of the University of Salento co-organized the third LAIR Group International Workshop entitled: Food Diversity Between Rights, Duties and Autonomies. Legal Perspectives for a Scientific, Cultural and Social Debate on the Right to Food and Agroecology. The Conference was attended by the Director S. Mangiameli, as chairman of the session Typicality, Territories, Rural Development And Food Diversity, and two Researchers with papers on Agro-Food Typicality and Cultural Heritage: The Mediterranean Diet Case (A.G. Arabia) and Public Territorial Brands for Agro-Food Products (C. Losavio).

ISSIRFA PARTECIPATION TO THE IACFS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Montreal, 2-3 October 2015 "Revisiting unity and diversity in federal countries: changing concepts, reform proposals and new institutional realities":

PAOLO COLASANTE, Unity and Diversity in the (partial) Italian Asymmetric Regionalism.
The paper presented at the conference explores the model of differentiated regionalism adopted by the Republican Constitution for historical, political and geographical reasons. While the ordinary regionalism had - at least initially - a predominantly functional connotation, the special one could be defined from the beginning as a case of "identity regionalism". In this context and also in the lights of the reform currently debated in Italy - which tends to weak regional autonomy - the analysis shows that special regionalism maintains its own features, accentuating a constitutional considerable gap between the two models of regionalism.

GABRIELLA SAPUTELLI, The development of EU citizenship between unity and diversity.
The paper presented at the conference explores the development and the evolution of the EU citizenship in connection with the European federalizing process. In federal systems, the status of citizenship and the relationship between federal and national citizenships symptomatically express the tension of unity and diversity and the differences between unity/disunity and diversity/uniformity. The analysis shows which model may function better in conjunction with the need to preserve the balance between unity and diversity in the EU system, considering that "United in diversity" is the motto of the EU and one of its fundamental values.


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