About the Campaign
Restarting the Future is an European civil campaign aimed at promoting transparency and fighting Corruption and Organised Crime in the European Union. To date, the campaign has already managed some of its achievements in less than 6 months. It was supported by more than 145,000 citizens who signed on our platform. One of the main goals of the campaign has been achieved the last 11th December 2014 when the European Parliament has approved the creation of the "Intergroup on Integrity, transparency, anti-corruption and Organised Crime".
Restarting the Future began when a group of CSOs decided to take part in the fight against the cancer of corruption and the epidemic of mafia, problems that affect the entire economy of almost every country in the world. For example, according to the EU Anti-corruption Report (February 2014) corruption costs to the European economy €120 billions per year, 1% of EU GDP, and more than 3,500 criminal organizations are draining Europe of an additional 4-5%.
In this regard, Restarting the Future was launched before the European elections with a huge success all around Europe. More than 360 euro-candidates from 27 of the 28 European countries joined us. Medias all around Europe talked about the campaign and its objectives to restart the future.
After the election, 67 MEPs who supported the campaign as euro candidates were elected. Nowadays, we are glad to have the encouragement of prominent figures such as Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament since 2012; José Bové, Co-Leader of the European Greens and Monica Macovei, one of the main candidates in the last Romanian presidential elections.
What we did in Italy
The success of Restarting the Future was supported by its sister campaign in Italy, Riparte il futuro, which was started in Italy at the end of 2012 in the time leading up to the political elections of February 2013.
Riparte il futuro succeeded in bringing transparency into the election of 2013 and in setting corruption at the top of the agenda. During the 2013 elections in Italy, Riparte il futuro succeeded in certifying the transparency of Italian candidates and their commitment to fight corruption. Around 900 candidates joined the campaign and 280 were elected by the Italian Parliament.
In view of the successful outcomes, we decided to extend the “Riparte il futuro” effect to all corners of Europe.
What we do in Europe
The first commitment of the campaign implied a direct involvement of the signatories in order to create an Intergroup to fight illegality in Europe.
The constitution of the “Intergroup on Integrity: transparency, anti-corruption and Organised Crime”, which was approved December 2014, provides an opportunity to fight against corruption in public institutions and private sector. In addition, the creation of the Intergroup will be of a great occasion to erase mafia and provide unilaterality.
Our aim is to develop a strong EU anti-corruption culture, which promotes the practice of whistleblowing, protects health systems from illegal activity and encourages the empowerment and the role of the civil society in the prevention of corruption.
In order to extend the awareness about our fight, we created an important network with European NGOs such as Libera, the most prominent Italian NGO working to fight mafia and corruption founded by Luigi Ciotti in 1995. This network is growing esponentially and nowadays it has the essential support of Fundación Baltasar Garzón, Mafia?Nein, danke!, Atlatszo, Coordination EAU Île-de-France and Anti Cor.
How we can restart the Future
Restarting the Future has proposed three leading points to the Intergroup, such as the development of a common European legislation to protect whistleblowing. This measure is required to protect people dealing with national and cross-border illegal activities around Europe, a dangerous and risky work that is absolutely necessary to fight against corruption and Organised Crime.
The second key point that we propose to the MEPs is the determination of the 21st March as the Day Of Memory And Commitment. In Italy, there are huge events on the first day of Spring as a strong symbolic step in this country to fight against Organised Crime. We would like to extend the recognition of this day to an European level, in order to commemorate all the victims and raising awareness about this reality.
These points will not be possible without the work of a body within the European Parliament. This organism will have to push the MEPS to take action on these issues. There's nothing better than creating an Intergroup with a wide variety of representation and different parties to achieve this objective.