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2nd Meeting “The Guardia di Finanza Academy meets Diplomacy” and awarding of the De Luca Prize

2° Incontro “L’Accademia della Guardia di Finanza incontra la Diplomazia” e consegna del Premio De Luca
2° Incontro “L’Accademia della Guardia di Finanza incontra la Diplomazia” e consegna del Premio De Luca

On 12 June, the Bergamo Guardia di Finanza Academy hosted a meeting entitled “The Consequences of the Two Wars: the Wide-Ranging Impact on the Mediterranean Region”. This was the second event in the cycle of meetings “The Guardia di Finanza Academy meets Diplomacy”, an initiative promoted by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Antonio Tajani, and organised jointly with the aforementioned Institute.

The meeting is part of the training course for officer trainees of the Bergamo Academy and aims to promote an exchange of views on present and future challenges in the current global context.

The day opened with the institutional greetings of Gen. D. Paolo Kalenda (Commander of the Guardia di Finanza Academy), Gen. C.A. Bruno Buratti (Inspector General for the Guardia di Finanza Training Institutes) and Gen. Alessio Nardi (Foreign Ministry’s Security Policy Advisor). This was followed by the speeches of Min. Plen. Alfredo Conte (Central Director for Mediterranean and Middle East Countries), Min. Plen. Ludovico Serra (Head of Unit for the Russian Federation, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia), Amb. Sergio Barbanti (former Italian Ambassador to Israel), M. Plen. Domenico Bellato (Consul General in Jerusalem), Amb. Pierfrancesco Zazo (Italian Ambassador to Ukraine) and Gen. B. Antonello Maggiore (Commander of the Guardia di Finanza Naval Centre), with the moderation of Professor Matteo Bressan (Phd, Professor of Strategic Studies at the LUMSA University).

The initiative bears witness to the high level of inter-institutional collaboration between the two Administrations, which is also testified by the close cooperation that the Foreign Ministry and the Guardia di Finanza entertain on a daily basis – together with the Carabinieri and the State Police – at our consular and diplomatic offices.

On 12 June, a ceremony was also held to award the De Luca Prize for the best degree thesis in Law on intelligence-related topics, in the presence of Gen. C.A. Bruno Buratti and with the special participation of Amb. Giampiero Massolo.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our best wishes to all the officer trainees who took part in the initiative for the continuation of their pathway at the Academy and, in particular, to those in their third year, who will be assigned to the Guardia di Finanza departments in the coming weeks, at the end of their training period.

 

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