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Conference “Sixty years and beyond: contributing to development cooperation” (Farnesina, 27 April 2017)

On Thursday, 27 April 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Farnesina will hold the conference entitled “Sixty years and beyond: contributing to development cooperation”, a high-level meeting on development cooperation within the European Union. The Conference will open with remarks by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, and by the EU Commissioner for International Development and Cooperation, Neven Mimica.

“As part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, we want to dedicate a moment of reflection to development cooperation. In providing assistance to growth and development, the EU beams the ‘Union proud of its values’ that European leaders evoked in the Declaration signed here in Rome last 25 of March,” explained the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, on opening the event. He went on to recall: “Development cooperation represents the external dimension of solidarity of the Union, which is the world’s top development aid donor. The European project cannot express itself fully unless it holds out a hand beyond its borders.”

The conference, which will be moderated by the Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Development Cooperation, Pietro Sebastiani, schedules numerous contributions by personalities of the international political panorama including Marcel Amon Tanoh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Côte d’Ivoire, Jean-Marie Le Guen, the French Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, and Emma Bonino.

The conference will close with remarks by the Director General for Development Cooperation of the EU Stefano Manservisi and by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mario Giro, and with the screening of a video message from the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

Journalists, photographers and TV crews interested in following the event are requested to apply for accreditation in one of the following two ways:

–    by filling the interactive form and clicking on the event concerned at the link, attaching thereto, unless already provided, the information requested in digital format (letter from the media organisation and, for representatives of foreign media, also a Note Verbale released by the Rome Embassy of the media organisation’s Country).   

–   by sending an email to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s Institutional Press and Communication Service at the following address: (Tel. + 39 06/3691.3432 or 8573 or 8210), attaching thereto the letter of his/her media organisation (or press card) and, for members of the foreign press, a Note Verbale released by the Rome Embassy of the media organisation’s Country.

Accredited journalists, photographers and TV crews may enter the Ministry from the main entrance– left-hand side – from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.