What is Europe’s future? The perspective from Italy and France

2nd edition Thursday, June 20, 2019, 9 am – 6:15 pm, Sciences Po Paris, Salle Chapsal 27, rue Saint-Guillaume, Paris – France



2nd edition
Thursday, June 20, 2019, 9 am – 6:15 pm,
Sciences Po – Salle Chapsal 27, rue Saint-Guillaume, Paris – France


Available Documents

Position Paper:
Conceptual Map (Italian and French version)
Presentation by Valerio De Molli (Italian version)
Press Release (French version)


During the day-long meeting, the following themes have been examined:

  • The Italian and French economies within a European context Competition and cooperation
  • The challenge of immigration: a European issue
  • Italian and French proposals for the EU
  • Young Italians, young French, young Europeans?

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The following took part:

Khulud Abed Alrazak (Student at Sciences Po), Loic Azoulai (Professor of European Law Sciences Po), Franco Bassanini (President, Astrid), Germana Bergomi (CEO Italian Gasket; Leader del Futuro The European House-Ambrosetti), Salomé Berlioux (Founding President, Chemins d’Avenirs), Vincenzo Boccia (President, Confindustria), Teresa Castaldo (Italian Ambassador to France), Valerio De Molli (CEO & Managing Partner The European House – Ambrosetti), Paola Fabiani (President, Comex40 Medef), Sergio Fabbrini (Director, Political science department -Luiss), Anais Ginori (Paris correspondent, La Repubblica), Eva Giovannini (Journalist, Rai 2), Félicité Herzog (President, Apremont), Frédéric Jung (Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of the Interior, French Government), Bruno Lasserre (Vice President Council of State, French Republic), Maria Latella (Journalist), Marc Lazar (Professor, Luiss et Sciences Po; President, Scientific Committee, Italian-French Dialogue for Europe), Alain Le Roy (former French Ambassador to Italy), Enrico Letta (Dean PSIA Sciences Po), Erkki Maillard (Director of International Relations, EDF), Christian Masset (French Ambassador to Italy), Giampiero Massolo (President, ISPI), Frédéric Mion (Director, Sciences Po, Paris), Simone Mori (Manager European Affairs, ENEL), Christine Ockrent (Journalist and writer), Fabrizio Pagani (Global Head of Economics & Capital Market Strategy Muzinich & Co), Filippo Patroni Griffi (President of the Council of State, Italian Republic), Yves Perrier (CEO, Amundi), Stefano Pighini (President, LVenture Group), Xavier Ragot (President, OFCE – Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques), Alessio Rossi (President Confindustria Giovani Imprenditori), Paola Severino (Vice President, Luiss), Bernard Spitz (President of the European and International Medef Commission), Tommaso Vitale (Sciences Po), Lapo Vivarelli Colonna (General Manager, SAMP), Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Sciences Po), Ahmad Samir Ahmad Zboon (Student, Luiss).

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 Dialogue is a key annual event that provides content and value added, as well as an opportunity for the business communities of the two countries to meet and network.

This initiative is even more necessary now, because in recent years there has emerged the risk of a weakening of economic and business relations between France and Italy, despite their long-standing history marked by a deep-seated and reciprocal friendship that bears witness to the shared outlooks of the two countries on issues such as European integration, peace and solidarity.

Italy and France are, for each other, the no. 2 economic and trade partner. France is also the no. 1 investor in Italy and Italy the fifth in France.

Italian-French friendship is also the linchpin around which the European Union became a reality. Both countries were founding members of the ECSC and subsequently signers of the Treaty of Rome in 1957, and their contribution to a Europe that is solid, competitive and united remains fundamental to the future of the continent within a geopolitical, commercial and migratory context in continuous flux.

Nonetheless, above and beyond the repeated declarations regarding French-Italian entente, political relations between the two countries, at the highest level, require the implementation of a higher level of understanding and reciprocal transparency.

The Italian-French Dialogue for Europe has the external support of Confindustria (the General Confederation of Italian Industry) and its counterpart in France, the Mouvement des Enterprises de France, as well as the sponsorship of the Italian Embassy in France and the French Embassy in Italy.

The project involves:

  • An exclusive annual event;
  • An Advisory Board comprised of researchers, business leaders and advisors from the two countries. Its task is to identify relevant and innovative themes with the goal of reinforcing the political, economic, strategic and research ties between Italy and France;
  • A Scientific Committee chaired by Marc Lazar, professor at Sciences Po and LUISS, and comprised of an even number of Italian and French individuals from government, academia, and the business and professional worlds. Its task is to develop guidelines for the content of the Italian-French Dialogue. Link to Scientific Committee;
  • A mentorship and exchange program for young entrepreneurs and start-uppers from the two countries, as well as projects designed to develop and train leaders from both nations, including through exchanges arranged by the two universities.
  • A scholarship and research program;
  • Following the masters degree, an Italian-French teaching post that alternates between the two universities, with the goal of developing research on Dialogue issues.


The first Italian-French Dialogue for Europe, which took place on May 30, 2018, focused on the issue of France, Italy and Europe in the digital world. Meeting in Rome at the LUISS Villa Blanc were over 150 Italian and French heads of companies, entrepreneurs, academicians and political and government leaders.

For the occasion, a position paper prepared by The European House – Ambrosetti was distributed:

A solid partnership between Italy and France: some areas for action within the broader European contex

Position Paper (Italian version)

Press release (Italian version)

Link to the first Italian-French Dialogue for Europe

For additional information:
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