The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Benedetto Della Vedova, is visiting Paris where, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, 16 June, he will be holding a series of institutional meetings with representatives of the French government and Parliament. Among other things, the visit will enable him to take stock of the prospects for the Conference on the Future of Europe and the matter of the relocation of the central division branch of the Unified Patent Court from London. The key current international issues, as well as bilateral cooperation, UN candidacies and human rights issues will also be at the centre of the Deputy Minister’s agenda. Among his appointments, Della Vedova will meet a group of French Members of Parliament, including the Presidents of the French-Italian friendship groups of the National Assembly and the Senate, and will also hold a meeting with Christian Cambon, President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces at the Senate. On Friday 18, he will meet the Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune at the Quai d’Orsay.
An important part of the visit will be devoted to Italian expats and culture in France. Della Vedova will chair a meeting with the Consuls General of Italy and the Directors of the Italian Cultural Institutes in France and will have a meeting with the CGIE Councillors and Presidents of the Comites. In the afternoon of Thursday 17, he will visit the Leonardo Da Vinci Italian School in Paris to meet the principals, teachers and students. Della Vedova will then stop by at the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris to take part in the closing event of the photographic exhibition “Arcipelaghi”, dedicated to the smaller Italian islands. At the Maison de l’Italie, one of the most representative residences of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, the Deputy Minister will meet a representation of Italian researchers. Meetings are also planned at the Embassy with representatives of the new mobility in France.
Finally, the Deputy Minister will devote part of his visit to UNESCO and will hold a series of meetings with the top leadership of the Organisation, including Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Education. The Deputy Minister will then hold a meeting with a selection of UNESCO delegations to promote Italy’s candidacy to the World Heritage Committee.
At 9:30, on Friday 18, Della Vedova will hold a press point with Italian journalists in Paris, at the Italian Embassy.