Emergenza profughi in Serbia: intervento della Cooperazione italianaL'Italia viene incontro all’appello delle Autorità serbe che affrontano l’importante afflusso di profughi provenienti dal Medio Oriente ed in rotta verso il Nord Europa. La  Cooperazione Italiana...
Romania - Discovering the Italian community on “The Road to Arad”Romania - Discovering the Italian community on “The Road to Arad”“The Road to Arad – a journey in a border land”, a historical-cultural project organised with the collaboration of Radio Rai, Radio Vaticana and Radio Romania, runs...
“Berlin Process” - Gentiloni attends the Western Balkans Summit 2015Minister Paolo Gentiloni is taking part in the Western Balkans Summit taking place in Vienna today, 27 August 2015. This is the second summit in the “Berlin Process” that began one year ago with the Western...
Balkans – new Serbia-Kosovo agreements welcomedItaly welcomes the conclusion – as part of the dialogue facilitated by the EU – of new agreements between Serbia and Kosovo on telecommunications, energy, Serbian municipalities in Kosovo and the Mitrovica bridge....
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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.