The Annual Forum: 2024 edition

Italy and France: Europe and the Mediterranean

The annual event of the 7th edition of the Italian French Dialogues for Europe will take place on June 11-12, 2024, in Paris at Sciences Po. In light of the current geopolitical and economic context, the event will focus on cross-border issues such as European elections, energy autonomy, infrastructure, social sustainability, and the youth, highlighting to the prospects of Italian-French alliances to support a stronger European collaboration.

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Among the confirmed speakers: Houda Ben Jannet Allal (Directrice Générale, Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie), Maria Wanda Amato (Etudiante, Association La Strada, Sciences Po), Stefano Babbini (CEO & Co-Founder, SQIM), Jean-Noël Barrot (Ministre délégué chargé de l'Europe, République française), Jean Bassères (Administrateur Provisoire, Sciences Po), Martin Briens (Ambassadeur de France en Italie), Emanuela D’Alessandro (Ambassador of Italy to France), Stefano Buono (CEO, newcleo), Bruno Cautrès (Professeur, Sciences Po), Marie-Claire Daveu (Directrice du Développement durable et des affaires institutionnelles, Kering), Sergio Fabbrini (Rector, Political Science, Luiss), Sara Di Luca (Student, Luiss), Claudia Ferrazzi (Fondatrice et Présidente de Viarte ; Ancienne conseillère culture et communication du Président de la République française), Charlotte Halpern (Chercheuse, Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée, Sciences Po), Nasser Kamel (Secrétaire Général, Union pour la Méditerranée), Alain Krakovitch (Directeur, TGV-Intercités), Marc Lazar (Professeur émérite, Sciences Po ; Titulaire de la chaire BNL – BNP Paribas « Relations franco-italiennes en Europe », Luiss), Alain Le Roy (Ancien Ambassadeur de France en Italie), Fabrizia Lapecorella (Secrétaire Générale Adjointe, OCDE), Nicola Monti (CEO, Edison), Nando Pagnoncelli (President, IPSOS Italy), Xavier Ragot (Président, OFCE), Paola Severino (Presidente, Luiss School of Law), Lucas Sornin (Alumnus, Sciences Po), Barbara Terenghi (Executive Vice President Sustainability & CEO’s Office Director, Edison).

How the Italian-French Dialogues for Europe came about

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 generations 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.

Considering the current geopolitical and economic context, today more than ever it is necessary to strengthen bilateral ties from a European perspective, promoting mutual growth and also acting as a model and source of inspiration, especially for young people. Indeed, the project of the Italian-French Dialogues for Europe Junior, created by two student associations, was born precisely to facilitate and encourage access to culture and stimulate, through support, young artists.

Italy and France are each other's second economic and trade partners

Italy and France are linked not only by geographical proximity but also by a mutual and deep friendship, reflected in a shared vision of issues related to European integration, peace and solidarity, and other common values. Founding members of the ECSC and signatories of the Treaties of Rome in 1957, they are the pivot around which the European Union has become a reality.

Economic relations between Italy and France are nurtured by trade and investment flows that are based on large companies and a dynamic network of small and medium-sized Italian, French and bi-national companies leading to a trade interchange that amounts to 111.2 billion euros (Source: Bank of Italy, Istat, Banque de France, MAECI Economic Observatory, 2023). Italy and France also have common goals in terms of industrial cooperation in strategic sectors, with a focus on artificial intelligence, as part of an overall effort toward digital and green transition.

The economic and trade interdependence between the two countries makes it necessary to create a permanent platform for dialogue to enhance mutual knowledge and understanding. The Dialogues aim to promote exchanges between public institutions and businesses in order to further strengthen economic, academic and cultural relations between the two countries.

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.

President of the Scientific Committee

  • Marc Lazar, Emeritus Professor, Sciences Po; Head of the BNL-BNP Paribas Chair "Franco-Italian relations in Europe", Luiss
Members of the Scientific Committee

  • Giuliano Amato, President Emeritus, Constitutional Court
  • Franco Bassanini, President, Astrid Foundation
  • Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability e Institutional Affairs Officer, Kering
  • Sergio Fabbrini, Luiss Political Science Department Director
  • Claudia Ferrazzi, Founder and President, Viarte; former Consultant for Culture and Communication, Presidency of the French Republic
  • Luigi GubitosiPresident, Luiss
  • Alain Le Roy, Former French Ambassador to Italy
  • Erkki Maillard, Government and International Affairs Director, EDF Board Member
  • Fabrizio Pagani, Partner, Vitale & Co
  • Xavier Ragot, President of the French Observatory of Economic Conjunctures (OFCE)
  • Barbara Terenghi, Executive Vice President Sustainability & CEO’s Office Director, Edison

Initiatives for Italian and French students

The BNL BNP Paribas Chair

A professorship in "French and Italian Relations in Europe," funded by BNL BNP Paribas and assigned to Prof. Marc Lazar with the collaboration of Prof. Alessandra Necci, was created at the end of 2022. The chair was established at LUISS with the prospect of speculatively starting teaching at Sciences Po as part of a Double Degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. The goal is to foster the dissemination of knowledge in the field of European international relations through studies, research and sharing initiatives.

ITS Lombarda Meccatronica

In 2023, The European House - Ambrosetti will support the ITS Lombarda Meccatronica project, which involves the exchange of students between ITS (Higher Technical Institutes - Italy) and BTS (Higher Technical Certificate - France). This international exchange program allows students to apply skills in a European dimension, teachers to align skills cross-culturally and acquire experiential teaching practices, and organizations to establish a stable Italian-French partnership for professional training exchange.

For a stronger, more democratic, united and sovereign Europe

Concluding a journey that began in 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron and former Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi signed the "Treaty between the Republic of Italy and the Republic of France for enhanced bilateral cooperation," the so-called "Quirinal Treaty," on November 26th, 2021, in the presence of President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella and the six drafters of the text.

This significant moment for cooperation between Italy and France opened a new season for bilateral relations and will enable them to face together the challenges of the coming years within the framework of the European project. Within such contexts, the Italian-French Dialogues for Europe were mentioned in the "Italian-French Roadmap" document, annexed to the Treaty, precisely for the role they assume in favor of promoting the debate on European public policies and their social sharing. The year 2023 marks the second year in which the Dialogues for Europe have dedicated their edition to the concept "for a stronger, more democratic, united and sovereign Europe" precisely to further stimulate bilateral relations in favor of the stability and growth of a more equal Europe.

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To participate to the events:
Secretariat: – tel. +39 02 46753 319 

For more information:
Faiza Errais Borges: – tel. +39 02 46753 350

For partnership proposals: