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ItalySerbia EU should open negotiating chapters within the year We cannot keep such a significant process at a standstillItaly–Serbia: EU should open negotiating chapters within the year. “We cannot keep such a significant process at a standstill”“Italy is utterly convinced that Serbia’s European integration must make progress, with the opening of negotiating chapters by the end of 2015”. This was Minister Paolo...
Dei - Germania: chiede finanziamento Ue da 2,8 mld per infrastrutture Germania: chiede finanziamento Ue da 2,8 mld per infrastrutture La Germania ha chiesto alla Commissione Ue un finanziamento da 2,8 miliardi di euro per alcuni progetti infrastrutturali che rientrano nel quadro...
Prague  Costanzo Rovati exhibition entitled Un percorso nella materiaPrague - Costanzo Rovati exhibition entitled “Un percorso nella materia”The Italian Cultural Institute in Prague has organised a new exhibition entitled “Costanzo Rovati. Un percorso nella materia”. The Milanese artist works with traditional...
Budapest  ITalents 2015 musical review featuring Beatrice RanaBudapest - I-Talents 2015 musical review featuring Beatrice RanaYoung Italian pianist Beatrice Rana will be appearing in the I-Talents 2015 musical review organised by the Italian Cultural Institute in Budapest in collaboration with the...

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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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