2021 Italian-French Dialogue for Europe

Circular cities, a solution to protect our planet
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 3:30 PM (CEST)


The signs of climate change are increasingly evident, and it is more urgent than ever to address this issue at the international level. This fall, two important events will be dedicated to climate and the environment: Milan hosted the Youth for Climate (September 28, 2021) and PreCop26 (September 30 - October 2, 2021), while the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) will be held in Glasgow in November.

On the occasion of the meeting held in Naples on July 22, 2021, the G20 Environment Ministers recognized "the role of cities as promoters, facilitators and enablers of sustainable development, also through sustainable consumption and production models".

The Italian-French Dialogues for Europe have therefore decided to dedicate a second meeting to the protection of the planet, with a special reflection on the theme of circular cities. Personalities from the business world, representatives of cities and of Italy and France, together with the academic world will be involved.



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In 2018, LUISS University in Rome and Sciences Po in Paris, in collaboration with The European House – Ambrosetti, launched the “Italian-French Dialogue for Europe”. Its goal is to bring together on a regular basis French and Italian leaders to discuss, in a private and open environment, priority issues for business and the economy, and, more generally, the future of Europe and the younger generation by outlining strategies and proposals to further strengthen relations between the two countries.

The initiative has the patronage of the Italian Embassy to the French Republic and the French Embassy to the Italian Republic.


Italy and France are, for each other, the no. 2 economic and trade partner.


Founding members of the ECSC and signatories of the Treaties of Rome in 1957, the two countries are the pivot around which the European Union has become a reality: their contribution to a solidarity-based, competitive, and united Europe remains fundamental for the future of the continent in an ever-changing geopolitical, commercial and migratory context.

The Dialogues, a point of reference for the institutional and entrepreneurial leadership of the two countries, involve witnesses from business, politics, institutions, as well as authoritative economists and representatives of culture and media. In this context, networking opportunities are organized between the business communities of both countries and Position Papers together with other analyses are presented.


The project involves:

  • An exclusive annual event;
  • Closed-door business and exchange meetings throughout the year;
  • Digital and/or phygital events on topics of interest aimed at enhancing bilateral relations;
  • An Advisory Board composed of researchers, business leaders and advisors from the two countries. Its task is to identify relevant and innovative topics to be addressed, with the aim of strengthening political, economic, strategic and research ties between Italy and France;
  • A Scientific Committee composed of an equal number of Italian and French personalities from the institutional, academic, entrepreneurial and professional world. Its task is to elaborate the lines of content of the Italian-French Dialogues;
  • A program of scholarships and research grants and the creation of an Italian-French chair based alternately in the two universities with the objective of developing research on the topics of the Dialogues.



The appointments of 2021:

  • Monday, June 7, 2021: Italy and France together to promote cultural and artistic exchanges of Europe in the world
  • Wednesday, July 7, 2021: Education and research for a more inclusive society
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021: Fighting climate change: the point of view of Italians and French
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021: Circular cities, an answer to protect our planet
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021: Annual event of the Italian-French Dialogues, Luiss – Villa Blanc, Rome


Among the speakers:

Patrizio Bianchi (Minister of Education, Italian Government), Jean-Michel Blanquer (Minister of National Education, Youth and Sport, French Government), Carla Bruni (Artist, author, composer, interpreter), Maria Chiara Carrozza (President, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Teresa Castaldo (Italian Ambassador to France), Teresa Cremisi (Publisher), Bénédicte Durand (Administrator ad interim, Sciences Po), Félicité Herzog (Director Strategy & Innovation, Vivendi), Maria Latella (Journalist, SKY & Radio24; Editorialist, Il Messaggero), Marc Lazar (Professor, Sciences Po and Luiss Guido Carli), Christian Masset (French Ambassador to Italy), Nicola Monti (CEO, Edison), Andrea Munari (Chairman, BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas), Nando Pagnoncelli (Chairman, IPSOS Italia), Antoine Petit (President and CEO, Centre National Recherche Scientifique), Andrea Prencipe (Rector, Luiss Guido Carli), Bruno Racine (CEO and Director, Palazzo Grassi Venezia), Paola Severino (Vice President, Luiss Guido Carli).


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For information:
Secretariat: dialoghiitalofrancesi@ambrosetti.eu – tel. +39 02-46753.606 

For partnerships:
Faiza Errais Borges: faiza.erraisborges@ambrosetti.eu