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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR EDITORS-IN-CHIEF: Reminder: Presentation of Guide for Italian Businesses Operating in the Russian Federation (Senate of the Republic, 17 May 2012)

Roma 16 May 2012

A reminder that the Guide for Italian Businesses Operating in the Russian Federation will be presented in Rome and Milan on 17 and 18 May 2012. The Rome presentation will take place in the Sala Zuccari at the Senato della Repubblica (Via della Dogana Vecchia 29) at 11.00 on Thursday 17 May and the Milan presentation at 10.00 the following day at Milan Chamber of Commerce in Palazzo Turati (Via Meravigli 9/b).

For the Rome presentation, accreditation applications for journalists, photographers and TV camera operators must be submitted to the Senate Press Office no later than 16 May, by fax (06.6706.2947) or email(accrediti.stampa@senato.it). Applications should also be sent, for information, to the Press Office at the Italian Embassy in Moscow (pressoffice.mosca@esteri.it).

Applications must include full details for each applicant (name, surname, date and place of birth, number of a valid ID document, for photographers and camera operators, or, for journalists, Order of Journalists membership card number) and the name of their media organisation.

Journalists, photographers and TV camera operators should enter the Senate from the entrance at Via della Dogana Vecchia 29, which will be open from 10.30 on Thursday 17 May 2012.

For the presentation in Milan, media representatives wishing to follow the event should send their accreditation applications to Alessia Casetta, Events Coordinator and Press Office of the Institute for International Policy Studies (Fax: Fax +39 02 863313.264; email: alessia.casetta@ispionline.it) and, for information, to the Press Office at the Italian Embassy in Moscow (pressoffice.mosca@esteri.it).

The guide for businesses operating in Russia runs to over 800 pages. It was promoted by the Embassy and produced with help from the Agency for the Promotion Abroad and Internationalisation of Italian Enterprises (ICE), the Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce, Confindustria, Promos, GIM-Unimpresa, KPMG and the Pavia-Ansaldo Law Practice. The publication aims to provide Italian businesses, whether already operating in Russia or intending to enter the Russian market, with up-to-date economic data and information on: the work of the institutions and bodies making up “System Italy”; the Russian banking sector; the incentives envisaged by the Government and local bodies of the Federation; and Russia’s commercial law and regulations.

The publication opens with forewords by the Italian Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Giulio Terzi, and Economic Development, Corrado Passera. These are accompanied by forewords by the Russian Ministers for Commerce and Industry, Denis Manturov, and Economic Development, Elvira Nabiullina. It was produced with support from numerous public and private sector sponsors (Carnelutti and Pavia-Ansaldo Law Practices, Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce, SACE, SIMEST, FINEST, Banco Popolare, “Lex and Energy” Law Practice, GIM-Unimpresa, UBI Banca, Unicredit bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena). From 21 May 2012, the work will also be available in e-book format on the websites of the Italian Embassy in Moscow (www.ambmosca.esteri.it) and of the other organisations that have helped produce it. The on-line version will be up-dated regularly. An extract is already available on the Embassy website at: http://sedi2.esteri.it/sitiweb/AmbMosca/estratto%20guida.pdf

Speakers at the presentation in Rome include the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, Marta Dassu; the President of ICE, Riccardo Monti; the Co-Chair of the Italian-Russian Dialogue Forum for Civil Society, Luisa Todini; the President of Unindustria, Aurelio Regina; and the Italian Ambassador to Moscow, Antonio Zanardi Landi. The Governor of Lipetsk Region, Oleg Korolev, is also expected to attend.

The Milan presentation has been organised in collaboration with the Institute for International Policy Studies and with support from Milan Chamber of Commerce. Those expected to attend include the Russian Federation’s Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Alexey Rakhmanov, and the President of the Russian Industrialists’ Union, Alexander Shokhin.

Further information is available from the Embassy’s Commercial Office: tel +7 (499) 241 10 27, email commerciale.mosca@esteri.it .

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