Europe

 

Prague - Violinist Hudecek bids adieu to Italian EU PresidencyThe Czech Republic bid adieu to the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU with a concert by violinist Vaclav Hudecek. “This concert by one of the most renowned violinists on the international musical stage,...
Moscow - Piero della Francesca and BelliniAfter the works of Raphael, Bernini, Botticelli and Caravaggio, for the second time ever, the Embassy of Italy in Moscow is featuring the work of Giovanni Bellini, whose painting “Madonna of the Red Cherubim”...
Norway - Umbrian specialities come to OsloThe specialties of the region of Umbria came to Norway as Ambassador to Oslo Giorgio Novello hosted a promotional event in his residence to showcase two entrepreneurs of the food and wine industry: Livia Colantonio...
Croatia - Visinada Italian community headquarters opens The headquarters of the Italian community of Visinada, a Croatian town in Istria, was dedicated recently in a ceremony whose participants included President of the Croatian Republic Ivo Josipovic, Ambasador of Italy...

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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.

 

Latest update: 13/10/2014

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