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Portugal - Music, Orquestra Todos and the culture of coming togetherPortugal - Music, Orquestra Todos and the culture of coming togetherA concert by the 'Orquestra Todos’ will be held on 8 September in Lisbon (at 10:30 p.m., at the Jardim Campo Santana) as part of the 9th Edition of the Festival Todos -...
From Dusk to Dawn, the Night of Philosophy in HelsinkiFrom Dusk to Dawn, the Night of Philosophy in Helsinki“The Night of Philosophy”, to be organised in Helsinki on 1 and 2 September at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, will include the participation of Italian researcher...
Alfano in Barcelona: "Terrorists attack our liberty" The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, was met at his arrival at the airport by the Spanish Foreign Minister, Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo. Mr Alfano embraced his counterpart,...
Minister Alfano in BarcelonaToday, 20 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, will be in Barcelona. During his visit, the Minister will lay a wreath on the scene of the attack on the Ramblas,...
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The Directorate General for European Countries handles bilateral political, economic and cultural relations with 53 European countries and various regional organisations, coordinating a network of 43 embassies and one permanent representation.

The Directorate General for European Countries carries out a range of activities such as organising periodic summits of the highest-ranking officials from the member states of the European Union and frequent meetings with candidate countries. It also manages Italy's dynamic relations with the Russian Federation and ongoing interest for Balkan countries.

The Directorate also provides support for missions, visits and meetings of other exponents of the Italian government, first and foremost the two Under-Secretaries of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for the countries within the province of the EU Directorate General

Special attention is paid to Parliamentary relations with the countries within the Directorate General's province. The EU Directorate General provides the Commission delegations and MEPs with support material.

The Directorate General helps apply the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy CFSP, ensuring participation in CFSP meetings within its authority. In addition, within the sphere of its duties in managing financial resources, the Director General is responsible for several budget chapters, including 4020 (economic and trade promotion), 4040 (financing of COMITES activity), the funds for the Council of Europe, the European Youth Programme, initiatives for Italian ethic minorities in the former Yugoslavia and those exiled from Istria, Fiume and Dalmatia.

The Directorate General for Europe is also manages resources for development cooperation with Eastern and Central European countries and the Balkans  Law 212/92, Law 180/92 and Law 84/01.