On 15 December 2022, the event “Italy – Romania Experts Dialogue: Sharing Perspectives and Analyses on Foreign and Security Policies” took place in Bucharest. It was organised by the Italian Embassy in Romania in cooperation with the Romanian Institute “New Strategy Centre”, under the patronage of the Italian and Romanian Ministries for Foreign Affairs and with the involvement of Italian think tanks such as the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Limes – Rivista di Geopolitica, Oasis and the NATO Foundation College.
The aim of the initiative was to bring together Romanian and Italian experts from different backgrounds and with different approaches to international politics, in order to hold a debate on issues of central importance for both countries.
The discussion, carried out according to the Chatham House rule, was focused on the future of NATO and the implementation of its new Strategic Concept; the Common European Defence and Security Policy, especially in light of the new Strategic Compass; EU enlargement to the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe and the fight against external interference in these regions; the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, also with reference to the energy sector and strategic infrastructure.
Each of these topics was discussed in a specific panel, with the participation of two experts on each side, followed by a question-and-answer session.
At the opening of the meeting, after the greetings of Italian Ambassador Alfredo Durante Mangoni and the Managing Director of the New Strategy Centre, George Scutaru, the Italian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Edmondo Cirielli (with a video message), the Romanian Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs, Iulian Fota and the Romanian Ambassador and former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cristian Diaconescu, took the floor. The panels were animated by experts and academics from study centres, think tanks and universities from both countries and allowed for an open and fruitful discussion, which fostered the understanding of each other’s viewpoints and highlighted numerous areas of convergence. The initiative was attended by a wide representation of the Romanian institutions, ranging from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence to the Presidential Administration and Parliament, including the Presidents of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and the Defence Committee of the Senate.