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Europe
Vico Magistretti and the icons of Italian design take centre stage in PragueVico Magistretti and the icons of Italian design take centre stage in PragueThe presentation of the exhibition entitled “Italian Design” was held in the prestigious venue of the National House of Vinohrady in Prague. The Italian Embassy and Cultural...
The Minister of Ofreign Affairs and International Coperation, Angelino Alfano, meets his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, at the Farnesina“Germany for us is an extremely important partner with which, besides holding very intense bilateral relations, we also share a staunchly pro-European vocation and responsibility that derives from both being among...
Minister Alfano meets with his counterpart Zaharieva"I am particularly pleased with the excellent level of bilateral relations between our two countries and our very intense political dialogue. We wish to press ahead with our political consultations, also in view...
Concert at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museumConcert at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museumIn the evening of 7 November, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen was the backdrop to the concert by the Cremona Quartet organised by the Italian Embassy and Cultural...
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Overview

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.

 


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