Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS RESTARTING THE FUTURE AND WHAT ARE WE ASKING FOR?
Restarting the Future is an European campaign born before the 2014 European elections aimed at promoting transparency and fighting Corruption and Organised Crime in Europe which have the support of more than 145.000 signatures of European citizens and 67 elected MEPs. It is the sister campaign of Riparte il Futuro, the most prominent and successful campaign against illegal activities in Italy.
WHAT IS RIPARTE IL FUTURO, THE ITALIAN VERSION OF RESTARTING THE FUTURE?
Riparte il futuro is a campaign promoted by Libera and Gruppo Abele, two leading NGOs in Italy, demanding increased transparency and accountability. It is also the first mobilization in the country against corruption and Organised Crime with this magnitude.
Riparte il futuro succeeded in bringing transparency into the elections of 2013 and in setting corruption at the top of the political 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 more than 388 were elected by the Italian Parliament.
Thanks to Riparte il futuro, a parliamentary group composed of members from all different parties was established. They all received a white bracelet as a symbol of both commitment and support of the campaign. Last April the Senate approved a reform to the law contrasting corruption and other forms of interference on the elections perpetrated by Organised Crime and mafia in particular.
WHAT HAVE BEEN THE MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS OF RESTARTING THE FUTURE TILL THIS DATE?
The Restarting the Future’s campaign has the support of 67 MEP’s in the European Parliament, who have committed themselves in the creation of the “Intergroup on Integrity, transparency, anti-corruption and Organised Crime”, which takes part in December, 2014.
On the other hand, our European campaign has achieved more than 145.000 civil signatures from all over Europe. This is an important number which confirms the commitment of the European citizens in the fight against corruption and Organised Crime all over Europe.
WHAT ARE OUR MAIN PRIORITIES NOWADAYS?
We worked with some CSOs like Transparency International and Open Society to support the constitution of an Intergroup aimed at fighting corruption. Now that the “Intergroup on Integrity, transparency, anti-corruption and Organised Crime” has been established, Restarting the Future will co-operate with the MEPs in oder to push for two leading points:
- The first one focuses on the development of European laws to protect whistleblowing.
- 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 Europe. Nowadays, it is an important date in Italy and a symbolic step to fight against Organised Crime. We are working in extending the recognition of this day to an European level.
WHY IS THE CREATION OF AN INTERGROUP THE FIRST COMMITMENT FOR ANYONE WHO WAS ELECTED?
Restarting the Future believes that a Parliamentary Intergroup is the best tool to carry out commitments on common themes beyond the political color. It is also a forum to discuss and exchange differents points of view in an informal way where MEPs from all over Europe have a common space to share their experiences and improve together.
WHY ONE OF THE MAIN POINTS TO DEVELOP INSIDE THE INTERGROUP WILL BE THE WHISTLEBLOWING IN EUROPE?
The whistleblower is, literally, the person who blows the whistle on a corrupt episode at work or in the public arena contributing to unmask serious offences. Because of the importance of this role, it must be adequately protected from reprisals. We are asking the Intergroup to be the promoter of a European Parliament resolution to create a common European directive on whistleblowing protecting those throughout the Community territory who 'whistle' to report wrongdoings. We have traced the lines that we believe are essential for the development of a good European Directive on whistleblowing.
In addition, Restarting the Future had drafted a report called “Blowing the Whistle on Corruption” (2014) signed by Daniele Santoro, Restarting the Future’s researcher, and Leonardo Ferrante, Gruppo Abele’s operator and scientific director of the campaign. This report has been launched on 9th of December 2014.
WHY MAKING THE 21ST MARCH THE EUROPEAN DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND COMMITMENT TO THE MEMORY ON THE INNOCENT VICTIMS OF ORGANISED CRIME IS IMPORTANT FOR RESTARTING THE FUTURE?
On every 21st March, in Italy, since 1996 there has been a 'Day of memory and commitment' to remember the innocent victims of mafia. This day, the first day of Spring, is a symbol of hope that renews itself and is also an opportunity to meet the victims' families that with the association Libera, one of the promoters of Restarting the Future, have found the strength to rise up from their tragedy.
Their grief becomes a profound request for real Justice, and their pain becomes a concrete and non-violent instrument of commitment and action. Extended recognition of this day at a European level is a strategic and symbolic step.
WHO IS BEHIND THE RESTARTING THE FUTURE CAMPAIGN?
Based in Brussels, our team is composed by more than 10 people from many countries of Europe, in order to have a global vision of our labor, which is an important fact to develop an European campaign such as Restarting the Future. On the other hand, we have the participation of freelancers and experts.
Our team has a large experience in different fields. In fact, Restarting the Future counts on designers, developers, strategists, communication managers, etc.
It is also important to highlight the support of the Network created, which is helping us to bring the campaign all over Europe. We have the support of several European NGOs such as Libera, Gruppo Abele, Fundación Baltasar Garzón, Atlatszo, Anticor, Coordination Eau Ile-de-France and Mafia? Nein Danke!.
IS RESTARTING THE FUTURE WORKING ALONE OR IT HAS OTHER INSTITUTIONS SUPPORTING ITS ACTS?
We are glad to have an important Network which is supporting our work. In one hand, we are coordinated with Transparency International, one of the main organisations against corruption and illegal activities in Europe. Together with Open Society or Alter-eu, we have been working on the constitution of the “Intergroup on Integrity, transparency, anti-corruption and Organised Crime”.
Moreover, The Restarting the Future’s Network is growing day after day for a common goal: Fighting against Corruption and Organised Crime. As we said before, we have the support of several European NGOs such as Libera, Gruppo Abele, Fundación Baltasar Garzón, Atlatszo, Anticor, Coordination Eau Ile-de-France and Mafia? Nein Danke!.