Agora Europe aims to inaugurate and promote a transnational debate — reaching across Europe and beyond — on the migrations, human mobility and the scale, scope, and substance of the European political space. The purpose of this debate is to encourage cooperation, promote inclusion, and develop connections across Euro-Mediterranean and Atlantic regions, questioning the meaning of
citizenship and its limits in an age of mass migration and global interconnection. In order to facilitate this debate, Agora Europe functions as a permanent and itinerant agora, bringing together academics, politicians, activists, cultural actors and citizens. Agora Europe has been originally co-founded in 2018 by Etienne Balibar, Caterina Di Fazio, Nadia Urbinati and several other academics and activists, jointly at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and Columbia University. Since 2020, Agora Europe is a non-profit association registered at the Mairie d’Hendaye (Hendaye’s City Hall). It coordinated and presented at the European Parliament, Charta 2020, the first charter of European public goods, and recently launched the
Joint Statement on Sea Rescue.
The Agora Europe Series is proud to present Charta 2020, the first charter of European public goods. Charta 2020 is a vision for a democratic and egalitarian European Union and a demand to recognize 20 European public goods essential to reshaping any future European political space. It outlines the conditions for European integration across 20 public goods that we Europeans should endorse to make Europe a better and safer place for all citizens and residents. By definition, a public good is a good that eludes both rivalry and exclusion, a good made available for everyone, such that no one will be competing with another for them, nor be excluded from their use. Charta 2020 is promoted by Agora Europe and several other organisations and has been collectively written by many international activists and academics at the European University Institute on February 15th 2019 and presented at the European Parliament on March 20th, at the Italian Chamber of Deputies on April 16th, at Maastricht University on April 29th before the Spitzenkandidaten debate, and at Columbia University on May 8th. The transnational joint launch of #Charta2020 is scheduled for Europe Day on May 9th, 2019.
Joint Statement on Sea Rescue
The initiatives Mediterranea, Salvamento Maritimo Humanitario and Sea-Eye, rescuing atsea migrants, joined Agora Europe and its partners to shed light on the situation of persons inexile in the occasion of the event “Est-ce que l’eau est une frontière?” (“Is Water a Border”) held in Hendaye on August 29, 2020, in partnership with the Columbia University Committeeon Forced Migration and Alliance Program, Studio Europa Maastricht, the Maritime Club of Hendaye Txingudi, Le sSauveteurs en Mer SNSM, Ulysse Bookshop, SOS Racismo and Baobab Experience. The Joint Statement on Sea Rescue was subsequently launched to open a path of solidarity and cooperation in the US, Senegal, UK, France and Italy, on Italy’s National Day in Remembrance of the Victims of Immigrationon October 3, 2020. Agora Europe is convinced that migrations are an opportunity. Freedom of movement is one of the European public goods promoted by Charta 2020. It constitutes part of a global right to mobility, which is a clear translation into practice of human dignity. The purpose of the Joint Statement on Sea Rescue is to reinforce the universal principle of non-refoulement, in the conviction that the protection of lives at sea shall endure in our societies both among the current priorities of European action and as long-standing transnational common values, that forced disappearances shall be visible and avoidable, and deaths avoidable and accountable.