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The Italian Presidency of the European Union: A Conversation with Italian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Benedetto Della Vedova

Mr Benedetto Della Vedova
Italian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs

28 July 2014 (Hari Raya Puasa)
Lecture Theatre 301, 3rd Floor, NTU Executive Centre (NTU@one-north, 11 Slim Barracks Rise, Singapore 138664



The EU Centre and the Embassy of Italy co-hosted a Breakfast Dialogue with Italian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Mr Benedetto Della Vedova at NTU@one-North on 28 July 2014.

Mr Vedova touched upon how Italy during its six months of rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union would help set the groundwork for some important progress in the European Union. In terms of economic growth, the Italian Presidency of the EU intends to further facilitate the work for the completion of the European Monetary Union, accelerate structural reforms and promote investment. In the area of democracy and rights, Mr Vedova shared with the audience plans to manage the migration flow in the Mediterranean Sea to prevent tragedies taking place in the waters near Lampedusa, and pledged possible development of new rules on mutual recognition of asylum decisions, together with the creation of a European system of Border Control Guards and the strengthening of the Schengen acquis and of external border security.

But it was global affairs that took centre stage the breakfast dialogue. Mr Vedova highlighted that the Italian Presidency would contribute to the further strengthening of the EEAS to address international issues. The priorities are the stabilization in North Africa, the Middle East and Ukraine, as well as develop stronger economic and political ties with Asia through the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

During the dialogue, participants questioned how Italy would deal with important issues such as migration and energy security respectively in the wake of the Lampedusa and MH17 tragedies. Mr Vedova responded that the EU could develop EU partnerships with countries such as Libya and Egypt to manage the migration problem, and to reduce energy dependency on Russia, the EU would continue its efforts to set up a single energy market in Europe with good rules and infrastructure to obtain energy from other sources.

Please click on this link to download a copy of Mr Vedova’s speech.