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Budapest  Media and propaganda recalling the Great WarBudapest - Media and propaganda recalling the Great WarOn the centennial of Italy’s entry into the First World War, the Italian Cultural Institute of Budapest organized a meeting on war propaganda, presenting the story of the...
Italy-Ukraine: Under-Secretary Della Vedova in KievUnder-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Benedetto Della Vedova made a visit to Kiev on 19 and 20 May. His meeting with First Deputy Foreign Minister Natalia Galibarenko, whose participants...
London - A new meeting of "Primo Approdo" on 10 JuneOn 10 June, the Consulate General of London will host the next in the “Primo Approdo” cycle of seminars for young Italians recently emigrated to England and Wales. The cycle was conceived by the Consulate General...
Albania: Ance mission to Tirana for investment opportunityTo identify investment opportunities in Albania in priority sectors such as energy, tourism, infrastructure and the environment was the goal of the first system mission by the National Builders Association (Ance)...

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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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