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Theresa May

Theresa May lays out Brexit transition in Florence speech (live streaming)

FLORENCE, ITALY – Theresa May speech in Florence, Italy, sets out her vision of post-Brexit Britain in her most important speech about the EU since January.

Downing Street announced that the Prime Minister would speak in Italy on Friday, September 22, at 3 pm (CET) and had chosen the venue to show that Britain was leaving the EU but not leaving Europe.

Mrs May had chosen Florence because: “The UK has had deep cultural and economic ties spanning centuries with Florence, a city known for its historical trading power,” Downing Street announced.

On the Italian social media is growing a campaign that calls on the Florentines and residents in Florence to fly the European flag in front of the former carabinieri station, where the Prime Minister will hold the speech.

President of the European-University Institute Renaud Dehousse

#SOU2017 The State of the Union live streaming

FLORENCE, ITALY – Watch the live streaming of The State of the Union conference. It is an annual event for reflection on the European Union, organized by the European University Institute, and takes place in Florence. The 2017 event is scheduled on May 4th and May 5th.

Over seven years, The State of the Union has become a key reference point for EU policy-makers, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders, and academics. Previous speakers include Presidents, Prime Ministers, and the heads of the European Institutions.

The State of the Union is a unique forum where a diverse group of key actors can gather to debate and reflect, together, on Europe’s most pressing issues.
In times of crisis or  instability, such a nuanced understanding of the EU’s successes, failures and challenges is crucial.

The State of The Union

Reflecting on the Europe’s future at #SOU2017

This year, the 7th edition of The State of The Union takes place in Florence from 4th to 6th May 2017. Under the title Building a People’s Europe, the conference revolves around European citizenship.

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The State of the Union 2017

Building a People’s Europe at #SOU2017 meeting

FLORENCE, ITALY – The 2017 State of the Union Conference (#SOU2017) Building a People’s Europe will take place in Florence on 4-6 May 2017.

The #SOU2017  State of the Union conference, organised by the European University Institute (EUI), is an annual event for high-level reflection on the European Union (EU). Now in its seventh year, it has become a reference point in the EU agenda for policy-makers, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders, and academics. Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, as well as the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Parliament have taken part in the event over the years.

In 2017, The State of the Union, under the title Building a People’s Europe, will revolve around the theme of European Citizenship, a multi-faceted topic of acute relevance across all EU member states. Sessions will deal with the future of citizenship; direct democracy and populism; the impact of the global refugee emergency on Europe; the financial crisis, the free movement of persons and the labour market; and security, in a broad sense of the word.

In times of crisis or instability, a clear and nuanced multi-level understanding of the EU’s successes, failures and challenges is crucial. By offering a moment for key actors to meet and reflect on Europe’s most pressing issues, The State of the Union conference responds to this need.

2017 marks the Europe's 60th anniversary thanks to the Treaties of Rome

A series of events to mark the Europe’s 60th anniversary

The European University Institute in Florence, Italy, joins an initiative to celebrate the Europe’s 60th anniversary (thanks to the Treaties of Rome) with a series of cultural, academic and sporting events through 2017.

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The State of The Union in Florence

#SOU2016 in Florence, live streaming and twitting

FLORENCE, ITALY – The State of the Union conference, #SOU2016, organised by the European University Institute (EUI), is an annual event for high-level reflection on the European Union and is a reference point in the EU agenda for policy-makers, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders, and academics.

Over the last five years we have seen the participation of the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Parliament, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Foreign Ministers. The 2016 edition is focused on the topic of Women in Europe and the World to analyse the status of women in terms of what has been achieved.

The conference’s sixth edition takes place in Florence from 5 to 7 May 2016. Among the participants of May 5 at the Villa Salviati, there will be Ignazio Visco, Governor of the Bank of Italy; Sandro Gozi, Italian State Secretary for European Affairs, Enrique Baron Crespo, former President of the European Parliament; Giuliano Amato, Judge at the Italian Constitutional Court, former Italian Prime Minister.

Live streaming from Rome with  Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission; Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament;
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

Among the participants of May 6 at the Palazzo Vecchio, there will be Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence; Enrico Rossi, President of Tuscany Region; Leonardo Bassilichi, President, of the Chamber of Commerce of Florence; Jean-Émile Gombert, President of the EUI High Council; J.H.H. Weiler, President of the EUI; Monica Maggioni, President of RAI, Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy; Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta.  

May 7 is dedicated to a special opening to the public of the grounds at Villa Salviati by the Historical Archives of the European Union (h. 10-19,30). Here the complete programme.


Mortadella di Prato gets PGI certification

Mortadella di Prato gets the PGI classification

FLORENCE, ITALY – The European Commission in these days approved a new Protected Geographical Indications for a Tuscan product: the Mortadella di Prato. Today, April 20, 2016, the Council of Tuscany Region hosted the official presentation of this traditional product.

The path to this goal began in 2000 when Chamber of Commerce of Prato (the city is on the doorstep of Florence), initiated a campaign to save this traditional cold cut and renew interest in its production.

Even though there was a shortage at the time of pork butchers who knew the recipe, within a few months guidelines for its production were adopted according to the most traditional method and presented to the European Commission.

The Mortadella di Prato is a Tuscan speciality flavoured with pounded garlic, very different from another famnous kind of Mortadella made in Bologna and flavoured with spices, including whole or ground black pepper, myrtle berries and pistachios.

This new denomination has been added to the list of more than 1,300 products already protected in Europe.

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Terrorist attacks in Brussels

Italy on alert after Brussels terror attacks

Italy is on maximum alert after at least two terror attacks in Brussels. “It is an attack comparable to what happened in Paris”, mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, said.

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Tuscan farmers against the European Parliament vote for the Tunisian olive oil import

Olive Oil producers vs EU pro-Tunisian vote

The European Parliament in Strasbourg  gave its final approval to a package of aid to Tunisia. The Tuscan farmers are angered with this decision.

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Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero

Italy push for heritage protection in United States

Washington cluster of the European Union National Institutes of Culture launches Protecting Our Heritage series of events in US.

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