Message to U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit of U.S. Embassy Vienna will be in Innsbruck on October 18, 2018

Are you a U.S. citizen in the Alto Adige area looking for consular services?  The American Citizen Services Unit of U.S. Embassy Vienna will be in Innsbruck on October 18, 2018, and can provide passport services for minors, birth registrations, and notary services.  Save the date! When: October 18, 2018, from 09:00 a.m. to 11:30 ...
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Consul General Martinez Meets the Mayor of Milan

Consul General Martinez had a cordial introductory call with Beppe Sala, the Mayor of Milan. Sala praised U.S. investment in Milan, specifically citing Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon. He noted the growth in foreign students in the city and the overall global focus he and his administration share. Sala discussed his administration’s priorities for improved public ...
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FCS – Foreign Commercial Center Italy Supports Native and Innovative Tourism at World Trade Market

A representative of the Milan Foreign Commercial Section visited the World Travel Market show in London to support the promotion and outreach of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) to the Italian and European markets. AIANTA will participate in the 21st edition of Showcase USA – Italy, the travel and tourism matchmaking event ...
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Fake News and Disinformation: U.S. Speaker Kip Knight in northern Italy

U.S. speaker Kip Knight was in northern Italy October 19 -20. In Milan and Turin, Kip engaged with more than a thousand people –  in the corporate sector, as well as students, academics, journalists, and digital experts –  in a series of lectures, meetings and roundtables on the growing threat of disinformation, misinformation and fake ...
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FCS Italy Collaborates with Singularity University on its 1st Summit in Italy

On September 27 and 28, Singularity University held its first Summit in Italy. The two-day event took place at Stella Polare (Rho Fiera) in Milan, and drew over 1,000 participants to hear twenty presentations on the latest developments in exponential technologies. Topics included the disruptive and converging fields of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Genomics, Biotechnology, Blockchain, ...
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Foreign Commercial Service in Milan Opens 1st AmCham Advocacy Conference

On Wednesday, September 20th, Rob Peaslee, PCO, delivered opening remarks at “AmCham’s 1st Advocacy Conference.”  The event drew over 200 participants from member companies, local and regional government, industry associations and other international chambers of commerce.  The program included a presentation by the Chairs of each of the AmCham’s fourteen Committees and Working Groups (Cybersecurity; Digital; ...
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Consul General Philip Reeker’s Visit and Interview at La Stampa (Turin)

The CG also did a farewell video interview with Luca Ferrua, the chief of the Turin pages. In the interview the CG expressed his admiration for the city of Turin, saying “Turin is a little Paris,” and highlighted how the 2006 Winter Olympics represented a turning point in the international visibility of the capital of ...
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Consul General Philip Reeker Meets with Piedmont Regional President Chiamparino

Consul General Philip Reeker, accompanied by the Chief of the Political/Economic Section John Crosby, met on Monday, September 18, with Piedmont Regional President Sergio Chiamparino (PD) for a wide-ranging discussion about positive economic prospects in the region (which counts the United States as its top destination for exports); the increasing viability for the “triangle” encompassing ...
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Breakfast with Top Museum Directors

Consul General Philip Reeker hosted a breakfast for top museum directors Monday September 18 at Villa Necchi Campiglio, a magnificent FAI (Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano, an NGO that protects Italian cultural heritage) property in the heart of Milan. The breakfast was organized to introduce the new Public Affairs Officer Kim Natoli to leading officials in ...
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Commemorating 9/11 in Milan

On Monday September 11th Consul General Ambassador Philip Reeker presented remarks at the ceremony organized by the Mayor of Milan in remembrance of the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.  Milan Deputy Mayor Arianna Censi represented Mayor Sala at the wreath laying ceremony.  Censi stressed how “…honoring the victims of 9/11, we are all unreservedly united in the fight ...
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Celebrating the 241st Anniversary of America’s Independence at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.

Consul General Reeker highlighted that in 2017, we mark the 70th anniversary of something that will continue to bind Italy and the United States together: The Marshall Plan. He went on to say, “The spirit of the Marshall Plan is as needed now as it was seventy years ago, ” and added “the success of ...
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Remarks by Consul General Amb. Philip T. Reeker on Independence Day 2017

In 2017 we mark the 70th anniversary of something that will always bind our two countries together: The Marshall Plan. As the German Marshall Fund reminds us, the Secretary of State George Marshall’s plan was an audacious, innovative strategy to tackle the most pressing challenges of its time. In 1947, Europe was reeling from the ...
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Signoff Ceremony of Permanent Partnership Between MIT and FVG Universities

On June 23, the Udine seat of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region hosted a signoff ceremony of the “Permanent Partnership Agreement,” endorsed by Regional President Debora Serracchiani, between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and FVG Universities, namely SISSA, the University of Trieste and the University of Udine. The Regional Council approved the agreement on June 1. ...
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NASA Space Apps Challenge in Vicenza

The first edition of Space Apps in northern Italy, in Vicenza, was a smashing success, with 164 participants and 18 teams. Participants included students from local high school, including a group of students from the American high school hosted at the U.S. Army base at Caserma Ederle, who worked with their Italian colleagues to tackle ...
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NASA Space Apps Vicenza Kick-Off

Local and regional media attended the event and generated positive coverage of the initiative, brought to Vicenza for the first time ever and organized by the U.S. Consulate General Milan with a pool of local sponsors: the City of Vicenza, the local SMEs association Confartigianato Vicenza, and the University of Vicenza. The event was also ...
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Workshop on American Gullah Culture and Heritage

On Wednesday April 26th, Public Affairs Officer Christopher Wurst spoke at a press conference hosted by the Cariplo Foundation to highlight American Gullah culture and heritage at a workshop hosted by the Accademia delle Belle Arti of Brera. The program was organized by Fare Arte and Global Culture Talks, and included the participation of John ...
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Consul General Amb. Reeker Attends Opening Ceremony in Turin for “Crossroads” Exhibit

Consul General Amb. Philip Reeker traveled to Turin on Tuesday, March 28 for the official opening of the exhibit “Crossroads,” held at the National Automobile Museum “Giovanni Agnelli.” The exhibit shows how both the American and Italian automobile industries and car designs were influenced by each other. Americans were fascinated by the Italian designs, the ...
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Director of the “Strategic Futures Group” Presents the 2017 Global Trends Report in Milan

On Monday, March 6, Dr. Suzanne Fry visited Milan to present the 2017 Global Trends Report to several relevant local audiences. The 2017 report examined a broad spectrum of trends summarized by Dr. Fry, who pointed the attention of the audience to key implications (expected through 2035), including technology, global economy, health, conflicts, and the ...
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“Showcase USA Italy” In Naples Results in 2,809 Meetings

This was the largest number of participants and pre-arranged meetings ever in a Showcase USA event. Sponsoring destinations included: Visit California; Massachusetts Office of Tourism; and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan and Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman welcomed U.S. participants in Sunday’s market briefing, and joined the group for ...
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Abby Wambach’s Jersey at the International Soccer Museum in Milan

On Wednesday, February 8, Milan Consul General, Amb. Philip Reeker visited Milan’s new soccer museum, Museo Internazionale del Calcio La Stringa d'Oro (“the Golden Shoelace”). The museum opened in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, within the site of the former Expo 2015 James Beard American Restaurant. The museum not only displays memorabilia and mementoes from Italian ...
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American Education Expert Lectures on Immigrant Integration in the School Systems

On Thursday and Friday February 2 and 3, Dr. Delia Pompa, a Senior Fellow for Educational Policy at the Washington based Migration Policy Institute, lectured in Milan and Vicenza on integration programs for students in the U.S. and Italy in a comparative approach. At Catholic University Dr. Pompa discussed the unique challenges that migrant students ...
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Expert Pollster Speaks to Italian Journalists About Public Opinion and the 2016 Election Cycle

On Wednesday and Thursday January 25th and 26th, Chicago Council on Global Affairs Senior Fellow Dina Smeltz delivered an in-depth analysis of public opinion polling in the 2016 presidential election at the Walter Tobagi School of Journalism of the State University of Milan and at the Catholic University School of Journalism. USG alumni association Amerigo ...
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Celebrating Misty Copeland in Milan

Christopher M. Wurst Consul for Press and Culture Gives Remarks in Honor of Misty Copeland Milan, December 22, 2016 On Thursday, Dec 22nd, PAO Chris Wurst presented American Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland with the Consul General’s Award for Cultural Diplomacy at a luncheon reception hosted by Irene and Vincenzo Gambino in her honor. Roberto Bolle, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the American Chamber Gala Dinner

It is a bittersweet time for me as I approach the end of my appointment as Ambassador to Italy and San Marino. Serving as an Ambassador in President Obama’s administration has been a humbling honor that is one of the highlights of my life. While I am sad to leave the position and my outstanding ...
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Consular Outreach in the Dolomites

On Sunday, December 4, Vice Consul Heather Beggs traveled to Pinzolo in Val Rendena, West of Trento, to meet with 35 American citizens living in the region. The Vice Mayor of Pinzolo and Mayor of Giustino (both Italian-American dual nationals) attended, with a short appearance by the Mayor of Pinzolo. Hosted by our local warden, ...
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Inauguration of KFC – Kentucky Fried Chicken – in Assago

On November 23rd, Consul General Amb. Philip Reeker participated in the opening of the eighth KFC – Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Italy this year, at suburban Milan's Assago shopping mall. KFC expects to open 14 more restaurants in the next few months. The Assago KFC (sharing a vast parking lot with a thriving McDonald's) ...
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Milan Public Affairs Officer in Vicenza on “The Obama Legacy.”

On November 23rd U.S. Consulate Milan Public Affairs Officer Christopher Wurst was a guest speaker in an initiative organized by the City Councilor for Youth Policies Giacomo Possamai and the Office for Youth Policies of the City of Vicenza on the Obama legacy, immigration and integration and American public diplomacy.
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Student Visa Outreach in Padua, Venice, and Milan

Hundreds of students and researchers attended Consular Officer Ben Harrington’s presentations about ‘student and exchange visas’ at the University of Padua and at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. The Padua session focused on opportunities at U.S. research universities; students in Venice asked mainly about J-visa internships that often form a compulsory part of their degree ...
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Economic Benefits of Migration

As President Obama has said, “America isn't Congress. America isn't Washington. America is the striving immigrants who starts a business...” In explaining the American Dream, the belief that any individual regardless of background has the opportunity to achieve success, Dr. Basha emphasized the important role of community building in creating this success. Dr. Basha engaged ...
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U.S. Consulate at Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Exhibit at MUDEC

On October 27, a Jean Michel Basquiat exhibit opened at MUDEC (Museum of Cultures) in Milan. Christopher M. Wurst, Public Affairs Officer represented the U.S. Consulate at the opening. The exhibit features more than fifty works from the well-known American artist, including monumental canvases and dishes portraying famous artists, wood surfaces and other media, which ...
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Milan Consul General Amb. Philip Reeker visited Trento and Bolzano

October 27-28, Milan Consul General Amb. Philip Reeker traveled to the Autonomous Region of Trentino-Alto Adige, accompanied by the Chief Political Economic Officer Christopher Jester. In Trento, Amb. Reeker toured the Center for Computational and Systems Biology (COSBI), founded in 2005 by Microsoft Research and the University of Trento.
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International “Space Forum” in Trento

On October 23 and 24, the Economic Officer of the Consulate, Adam Leff, traveled to Trento for the 2016 International Space Forum. Ministries of Science, Universities, Space Agencies, and International Organizations from 36 countries (including the U.S.) participated in the Forum. The U.S. delegation included Doctor Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist, Tim Tawney, NASA Representative ...
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“Andy Warhol” exhibit in Genoa

On Thursday October 20, Christopher M. Wurst, Milan Public Affairs Officer, attended the opening of “Pop Society”, the Andy Warhol’s exhibit at Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale commemorating the 30th anniversary of his death. The exhibit curator was Luca Beatrice, who cooperated with the co-sponsors ‘Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura’ (Foundation for Culture) and ‘24OreCultura - ...
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Professor Thomas Lee Tours Northern Italy

Professor Thomas Lee, an expert on U.S. constitutional and international law, with special expertise in federal courts, national security, the US Supreme Court, foreign relations, international arbitration, and the law of war, lectured to university students and lawyers in Genoa, Torino, Milan and Como, on the Obama presidency through the lens of SCOTUS (Supreme Court ...
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Columbus Day in Genoa

On Wednesday October 12th, Milan Consul General Amb. Philip Reeker joined Giorgio Guerello, Genoa City Council President, in delivering remarks at the House of Christopher Columbus. According to tradition, Columbus spent his early childhood in this small house. While this may not be entirely true, historians have agreed that the area around this house, beneath ...
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Consul General Amb. Philip T. Reeker visited the Barilla Plant

Amb. Philip T. Reeker visited the Barilla plant, located in Pedrignano, near Parma. The Pedrignano plant is the largest pasta plant in the world. Barilla was also the first foreign company to open a pasta plant in the United States. Paolo Barilla, Vice President of the Group, explained to the Consul General, that in 1998 ...
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Museums and Cultural Landscapes – ICOM Reception at the Consul General Residence

On Thursday July 7, Consul General Amb. Philip Reeker hosted a reception at his private residence for 160 members of the ICOM-US delegation to the 2016 ICOM Triennial , that took place in Milan July 3-9. The 24th General Conference theme was “Museums and Cultural Landscapes.” Consul General Philip Reeker highlighted in his remarks how ICOM-US had the ...
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Independence Day in Milan

Celebrating the 240th Anniversary of America’s Independence at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan Milan, July 1, 2016 Friday evening, July 1, the Consul General and Mrs. Reeker, welcomed 900+ guests to a special event celebrating the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Independence. The event was held at the historic Castello Sforzesco and the new Deputy ...
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Ambassador Reeker’s Remarks on Independence Day 2016

I want to begin by thanking the Comune of Milan, for again allowing us to celebrate our National Day in one of your national treasures: Castello Sforzesco. We appreciate the close relationship the Consulate has had with Milano for over 150 years, and sincerely look forward to working new Mayor, Giuseppe Sala and his team. ...
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ConGen Milan Represents U.S. at Friuli Earthquake Commemorations

[...] PAO Chris Wurst participated in the commemoration ceremonies organized in Friuli for the 40th anniversary of the devastating 1976 earthquake, which left more than 1,000 dead and more than 150,000 homeless. The Consulate’s participation in the ceremony held in Majano was covered in local media.
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Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the Bocconi University

Milan, April 21, 2016 (AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY) Buongiorno and good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you very much to my friend Bocconi President Mario Monti and Rector Andrea Sironi for the invitation to be here.  Particular thanks to Professor Marco Ventoruzzo for opening his class to me, and allowing me this time with his ...
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Broadway meets Milan

A private and intimate concert, the “Best of Broadway’” was held at the Consul General’s Residence on March 22nd, starring well-known opera soprano Madelyn Renée, baritone Stephonne Smith and pianist Vincenzo Scalera. They performed iconic songs from Broadway including; “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma (1943), “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your ...
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Young Voters on the U.S. Presidential Election

[...] While discussing the policies of individual candidates, each speaker discussed their personal insights on each candidate—stating whether they agreed or disagreed with the proposed policies and why RSO interns, Laura Herring and Regina Seweryn, also discussed their experiences as first time voters and tackled the challenge of describing two of the candidates in the ...
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USA Pavilion Welcomes 6 Million Visitors and Comes to an End!

On October 29th, the USA Pavilion doubled its initial visitor projection by welcoming six million visitors to the Pavilion! This was the ultimate record that characterized an unprecedented series of extraordinary events day after day, to the very last one, on Saturday, October 31, when a festival of music, private parties and fireworks officially closed ...
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Secretary John Kerry at EXPO Milan 2015

On Saturday, October 17, welcomed by EXPO CEO Giuseppe Sala and by Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Paolo Gentiloni, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Expo.  From the Expo Center, Kerry launched a clear message, inviting the whole international community to support the committment of the Obama Administration on food sustainability and climate change.  “…Food ...
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