Nicola Danti: “Consolidate the Renew family and - who knows - maybe grow it even more”
Former Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Nicola Danti is an Italian MEP who joined the EDP last year. He is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Last month, he was elected Vice-President of the EP group, Renew Europe.
First of all, congratulations on your election to the Vice-Presidency of the Renew Europe Group. What will your responsibilities in this new role be?
Thank you very much, I am honoured to have been elected as Vice-President. Renew has entrusted me with the management of relations with national parties and parliaments. This means, in particular, supporting the parties who belong to the Renew Europe family, to make sure that our European priorities are reflected in their work at national level. We are setting up a work-plan on how to strengthen the synergies between the activities of national parliaments and of the EP as well as reinforcing the relations with the national parties. This will enable us to consolidate the Renew family and - who knows - maybe grow it even more!
How can we translate the experience of Renew Europe and of the EDP to national contexts?
When our party the EDP, ALDE party and Renaissance joined forces, creating the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament, they set a new direction. They created a new, central political space, for those who reject the sovereignist instances of the far right, but who also do not want to subscribe to the populist rhetoric of certain leftist parties. This is the political project that we need to replicate throughout Europe, and this is what we also need to do in Italy, my country. We must unite all those who believe in European federalism, liberal democracy, civil rights, and the value of work and of competences, creating a common home for liberals, democrats, Europeans.
You have joined the EDP just about a year ago. What do you make of these 12 months?
Being a Member of the EDP has been a great experience: despite Covid-19, we managed to organise many important political initiatives, to push our vision of a fair, open and dynamic European Union. The mission to Washington DC was crucial to strengthen the strategic partnership with the US, that Donald Trump tried to derail. In this time, I also worked to make sure that my experience with the EDP was not just that of an individual MEP, but that it could translate to a broader political project involving my party, Italia Viva. I am proud that Italia Viva has now officially presented its candidature to join the EDP and this will be discussed at the EDP Council meeting of 10 December. Albeit virtual, this will be a great occasion to strengthen the EDP and my own party’s commitment to renew Europe.