Verso Sud Forum - Sorrento | The European House - Ambrosetti

May 19-20, 2023 2nd edition

International Mediterranean Forum



In 2022, The European House - Ambrosetti, with the support of some key players (Minister for Southern Italy and Territorial CohesionAgenzia per la Coesione Territoriale, Gruppo FS Italiane, Intesa Sanpaolo, MSC Group, Adler, Mediocredito Centrale), organised the first International Mediterranean Forum: "Verso Sud (Looking Southward): Europe's strategy for a new geopolitical, economic and socio-cultural season in the Mediterranean".

The Forum aims to build a public-private platform - at national and international level - gathering, in a Think Tank, the best private players, institutions, representatives from the Academia and research. The goal is to build, highlight and communicate a new Southern Italy, as the strategic Mediterranean platform for Italy and Europe.



About the event

The first edition was held on May 13-14, 2022, at Villa Zagara in Sorrento (Italy, Campania Region). 

The summit was preceded by intensive research work supported by an Advisory Board also participated by the Italian Government. It was a unique opportunity to discuss the development trajectories of Southern Italy in the light of the challenges and strategic guidelines that affect the macro-region of the Wider Mediterranean.

The initiative continues in 2023, with a greater engagement of Southern and Mediterranean territories, so as to empower a movement that is focused on the centrality of the South of Italy and the countries on the two sides of the Mediterranean Region, to strenghten the area in the geopolitical, economic, social, and cultural dimensions.


2022-2023 FORUM'S EVENTS

November 4, 2022. Gioia Tauro

February 3, 2023. Bari

May 19-20, 2023. Sorrento


The participants

The first edition hosted Ministers, business leaders and opinion leaders from the countries in the Wider Mediterranean, to identify in a shared view the key investment opportunities, development strategies and priorities for the South of Italy, while offering opportunities for debate and qualified networking for participants. 

It was attended by over 200 heads of companies and institutions with guests from 17 countries, more than 60 speakers, 10 Ministers of the Italian Government, 3 European Commissioners, 5 Governments of the Enlarged Mediterranean Countries, and 6 Presidents of Southern Italy Regions, in the presence of Italy's President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberto Fico, and the President of the Council of Ministers, Mario Draghi.


The topics

  • The key role of the Economy of the Sea for the competitiveness and the creation of value in the South of Italy and the Mediterranean
  • The role of the infrastructural investments for the South and the Mediterranean and models for promoting their development 
  • The challenge of Human Capital at the test of energy, and digital transition
  • Climate change and energy transition, good practices, guidelines, and the role of the business community
  • Investments in the productive sector and the challenge of supply chain reconfiguration




The opening speeches in the presence of Italy's President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella: 

Roberto Fico (President of the Chamber of Deputies, Italy), Mario Draghi (President of the Council of Ministers, Italy), Dubravka Šuica (Vice President and Commissioner for Demography and Democracy), Mara Carfagna (Minister for the South and Territorial Cohesion).


The arrival of Italy's President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella


Message from Elisa Ferreira, European  Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms


Message from Nadia Calviño, First Deputy Prime Minister of Spain and Minister for Economy and Digitalization

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