Ambassador Eisenberg’s Farewell Calls with Government Ministers of the Republic of San Marino

Today Ambassador Eisenberg held virtual farewell calls with San Marino Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Luca Beccari and Minister of Industry Fabio Righi, together with U.S. Consul General in Florence Ragini Gupta.  During the calls he praised U.S.-San Marino bilateral relations: “Thank you for your strong cooperation, especially in international fora and security.” He …

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Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg joins Mayor of Rome in 9/11 commemoration

September 11, 2020 U.S. Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg joined the Mayor of the City of Rome Virginia Raggi in a ceremony to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001.  The wreath-laying ceremony took place at the 9/11 Remembrance Plaque in Rome.  The two columns recall the Twin Towers in New York.  Every year the Mayor …

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Ambassador Eisenberg Meets Healthcare Professionals at Spallanzani Hospital in Rome

Thank you, Dr. Branca and Dr. Ippolito, for your warm welcome to Spallanzani. It is a pleasure to be here today to celebrate the efforts of your team in addressing the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you also to Minister Speranza and President Zingaretti for the profound dedication and hard work you have employed to manage an …

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Statement from Ambassador Eisenberg

Yesterday the world watched in sorrow as the friends, family, and associates of George Floyd gathered in Minneapolis to commemorate his life. Although our laws provide protections against racial discrimination, it is clear much work remains to be done. The moment calls for us to renew our commitment to combating racism and intolerance and to …

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Ambassador Eisenberg Commemorated Giovanni Falcone

I am truly honored to be with you virtually on this important day to remember and commemorate the achievements of one of Italy’s prominent citizens. This year the United States is also honoring Judge Falcone as one of the premiere alumni of its International Visitor Leadership Program, for his collaboration with U.S. authorities and the …

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Ambassador Eisenberg on RAI’s Voci dal Mondo

On March 30, President Donald Trump announced a robust assistance package to the beautiful country of Italy worth up to 100 million dollars. The assistance would have two goals:  to help Italy fight the pandemic and to help boost global trade.  As part of the President’s aid package, the United States Agency for International Development, …

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Ambassador Eisenberg Interview with Mediaset TV Network, April 20, 2020

Italy and the United States clearly are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.  Our countries have been particularly hard hit and we continue to feel ongoing pain. So I would like to take this opportunity to express my condolences on behalf of President Trump and my American colleagues around the world and friends.  We …

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Ambassador Eisenberg’s video on U.S. corporate contributions to Italy’s fight against COVID-19

In this dark moment, U.S. companies have already donated almost € 30 million to hospitals and institutions fighting #COVID19 in Italy, and there’s more to come. These contributions are a further proof of our incredible, historical friendship. With these words Ambassador Eisenberg expressed himself in a video directed to the Italians. Stressing once again the …

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Online Daily Fanpage Interviews Ambassador Eisenberg, April 16, 2020

Well, we are several weeks to a month behind Italia, and it has been very fierce. Particularly, I have…my children and grandchildren are in the New York and New Jersey area which has been the hardest hit with over half the cases so far in United States, so it is a great concern as it …

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COVID-19 Emergency: Ambassador Eisenberg Praises Efforts by Italian Companies

We are delighted the Italian company Copan Diagnostics continues to produce COVID-19 testing swabs in sufficient quantity to satisfy Italian need and sell abroad. Italian private enterprise is helping to save lives around the world. I applaud this effort. The US will continue to buy these swabs from Italian companies as needed. The US and …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery

Vice President Carfagna, Members of Parliament, distinguished guests, veterans, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you all for being here today.  Welcome to today’s ceremony and thank you for honoring the service members here who rest in peace.  I am deeply humbled to be standing with you today as we pay tribute to these brave men and …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Repatriation Ceremony

It is a pleasure to be here today to celebrate with you the 50th anniversary of the Carabinieri Cultural Heritage Protection Deparment – or TPC.  I am doubly pleased to mark the occasion with the return of an important artifact to the Italian people. I’d like to thank Cultural Heritage and Tourism Minister Franceschini, and …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Council for the U.S. and Italy

I am pleased to join Ambassador Varricchio today in giving you a warm welcome to this fantastic event. Allow me to take a moment to recognize Foreign Minister Di Maio and Economy and Finance Minister Gualtieri. Ministers:  Benvenuti once again to the United States.  I trust your meetings in Washington have been productive, and I …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception on the National September 11

The world changed after this unforgettable crime. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum seeks to honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993and September 11, 2001. The Memorial and Museum also recognizes the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their …

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Ambassador Eisenberg at Coding Girls 2019 Opening Event

Let me begin by thanking Mirta Michilli and Alessandra Donnini and their staff from the Fondazione Mondo Digitale. Together with Microsoft, the Fondazione has been an outstanding partner since Coding Girls was launched in 2014 with a pilot project in Rome. Thank you to Ms. Cominelli from Microsoft and Professor Catarci from La Sapienza. Your …

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Ambassador Eisenberg Remarks at 4th Annual Transatlantic Forum on Russia

Those of us working in government, as I do as the United States Ambassador to Italy, rely upon the expertise and insights of those outside of government.  Listening to, and engaging with, those outside of government is the best way to determine how to address the great challenges we face – to debate the issues …

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Reception in Honor of the 7th Biennial Workshop on Dystonia & Parkinson’s Disease

Welcome to Villa Taverna to celebrate the work of the 7th Biennial Workshop on Dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease. I want to thank the University of Rome-Tor Vergata, and Antonio Pisani of the Department of Systems Medicine, for organizing this event. Let me also recognize my dear friends Bonnie Strauss and Nancy Rackoff. Your cause is …

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Art Repatriation Ceremony, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

I would like to thank General Claudio Vincelli and General Fabrizio Parrulli for being here today with officers from the Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. Italy is a nation with an amazing historic, cultural, and artistic heritage.  I would like to thank you for your work in protecting and preserving that heritage for …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Independence Day 2019

Nearly two and a half centuries ago, across the Atlantic Ocean, an extraordinary group of people launched an experiment – radical at the time – to create a new nation, “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” They did so by signing the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. That day, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Iftar Dinner

Ramadan is an opportunity to remember the value of religious diversity and religious freedom. Tonight we welcome friends of many faiths at Villa Taverna to emphasize the need to work together, continue the dialogue and promote tolerance. We are also grateful to the representatives of the government who are with us today to share in …

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Welcome back to Naples, Ambassador Eisenberg!

During a full-day visit to Naples, Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg had the opportunity to tour the three digital academies created by U.S. companies Apple, Cisco and Deloitte at the University of Naples, Federico II. After meeting with the rector of Federico II University, Gaetano Manfredi, Ambassador Eisenberg interacted with students of the digital academies that …

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70 Years of NATO: Shared Values, Historic Achievements, and Defending our Future Together

NATO Allies agree sanctions are our best diplomatic tool to bring Russia back into compliance with the values that we share with Europe.  We do not want war.  But we cannot accept such brazen violations of international law and norms.  Inaction is not an option.  And it’s clear dialogue has proved to be insufficient.Relaxing sanctions …

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“NATO’s 70th Anniversary – The Alliance is as important as in 1949”?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the most successful alliance in history.  The United States, Italy, and ten others gathered in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 1949, and over the past 70 years, NATO has helped to create the most secure, stable, and prosperous period in its members’ history.  From deterring the Soviet Union …

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Ambassador Eisenberg at 2019 DEA Maltz Challenge Commemoration

I am pleased to join you to reflect on the sacrifice of our nation’s heroes. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women in uniform, both in the military and in law enforcement agencies. We cannot have a nation without safety and security. Without the sacrifice of those in uniform, we …

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Commemorations of the 75th Anniversary of the Landings

On January 22, 2019, Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg participated to a ceremony at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in the memory of the service members who fell during the Allied landings at Anzio and Nettuno. This ceremony will include the illumination of over 7,800 graves, and is part of the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at SelectUSA Seminar

It’s a pleasure to be here in Lucca – a proud city with a long history of independence and enterprise. Before I begin, let me thank Confindustria Toscana Nord President Grossi for hosting today’s seminar. President Grossi and I agree we can still improve the already impressive economic ties between the United States and Tuscany.  …

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“U.S.-Italy Dialogue: The Economics of the bilateral relationship”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

In the United States, the Administration notified our Congress on October 16 it intends to negotiate a trade agreement with the EU. We are now in a public comment period that ends December 10. With a free and fair trade agreement, we can reduce our trade deficit. Our economies can thrive.   Thanks to pro-growth policies, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception in Honor of Sigourney Weaver

October 23, 2018 Villa Taverna, Rome (As prepared for delivery) Good evening, and welcome to Villa Taverna. We are privileged to have with us one of my country’s most acclaimed actors, Sigourney Weaver. I want to thank the Rome Film Festival team for all of your hard work in preparing for the monumental task of …

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“American Perspectives on Russia and the Changing Security Environment”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

Thank you to the Center’s President, Gianni De Gennaro, for the opportunity to be here today. And a special thanks to Director Paolo Messa and his staff, along with everyone at the Centro Studi Americani, for organizing this wonderful event. One of the things I enjoy most about being Ambassador in Italy is that we …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at NMWA

Buona sera! Thank you for joining us this evening to honor emerging women artists and recognize the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Let me start by thanking the NMWA’s Italian partner, Gli Amici del NMWA, for promoting emerging women artists throughout Italy. It is a pleasure to celebrate with you the strong cultural …

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“Transatlantic Relations: Charting a New Course”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

I would like to thank Under Secretary Manlio di Stefano for his remarks and Noel Lateef, President and CEO of the Foreign Policy Association, for the kind invitation to speak today. Thank you also to Paolo Magri, Executive Vice President and Director of ISPI, for his generous introduction and to our distinguished panelists and guests. …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Press Conference on Coding Girls

Good morning, ladies on the panel and ladies in the audience.  I see I am in the minority today and rightly so as we introduce the fifth annual Coding Girls project.  First of all, I would like to thank Mirta Michilli and her staff from the Fondazione Mondo Digitale.   Together with Microsoft, the Fondazione has …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Presentation of the Legion of Merit

Good morning everyone. General Graziano, Admiral Girardelli, General Vecciarelli, Admirals, Generals, and distinguished guests, welcome…  I am very pleased and honored to have you all in the historic “Red Room” here at the United States Embassy Rome.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to attend today’s ceremony in honor of …

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“Seen by the USA, Italy Does Not Seem Divided”, Ambassador Eisenberg’s interview.

“The Italian government?  To us in the United States, we don’t get the message that it is divided” so said Washington’s Ambassador in Italy Lewis M. Eisenberg in an interview with Corriere.  And on the Libya question, he said:  “Italy plays the role of guide.  I think it should do so collegially with France.”

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For Italy, No Better Partner Than America (op-ed in La Stampa)

The strengthening friendship between President Trump and Prime Minister Conte was clear to see on Monday in Washington.  The President’s invitation to the White House early in the Prime Minister’s tenure underscores the unique historical ties and special bond between our two countries.   As Prime Minister Conte aptly stated, ours is a “privileged” and mutually …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Independence Day Celebration

Buonasera e benvenuti a Villa Taverna! Vi ringraziamo per essere qui a celebrare con noi il duecentoquarantaduesimo (242) anniversario dell’indipendenza degli Stati Uniti d’America. Oggi ricordiamo l’anniversario della firma della Dichiarazione d’Indipendenza, che ha sancito la libertà come principio fondamentale degli Stati Uniti. As President Ronald Reagan wrote, “freedom is the most important thing to …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception of the Fulbright 70th Anniversary

We are here today because a young American Senator, J. William Fulbright, conceived the idea in the aftermath of the Second World War to establish a cultural and educational exchange program between the United States and countries around the world. The Fulbright program was established in Italy in 1948.  Since its inception, more than 10,000 …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Fulbright 70th Anniversary

I am delighted to be here today to celebrate with you the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Italy.  This program was conceived by the young American Senator J. William Fulbright and approved by the Congress in 1946. He suggested selling surplus materials from World War II and putting the proceeds toward an international …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Iftar Dinner

Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, good evening and welcome to Villa Taverna. This is my first Ramadan as the American Ambassador to Italy, and I am honored to continue our Embassy’s tradition of hosting an Iftar for our Muslim friends.  Thank you for joining us tonight.  Ramadan is a special month because it embraces solidarity, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg on Rome Chamber Music Festival

Good evening, and a warm welcome to Villa Taverna, including our young musicians and Maestro Robert McDuffie. In 2002, Robert came to Rome on a sabbatical year from Mercer University and developed a true passion for one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Rome inspires everyone who comes here, so I’m not surprised Robert also …

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“The U.S.-Italy Relationship in a Changing World”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to welcome you all to Villa Taverna for this timely conversation. Our partner in organizing today’s event is Rome’s preeminent think tank, the Institute for International Affairs, or IAI. We’re honored to have with us today the President of IAI, Ambassador Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, who will be speaking in …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Great American Craft Beer Tasting

Welcome to Villa Taverna. I am delighted to have you here in this beautiful residence to taste and enjoy 15 different American craft beers from Stone Brewing Co., Rogue Ales, and Founders Brewing.  It is an honor for me to celebrate the value, ingenuity, and innovation that American craft beers bring to Italy.      We …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception of the American Academy

Good evening everyone, and welcome to Villa Taverna. It is a great pleasure to honor the American Academy in Rome and the women and men who contribute to galvanizing the Academy’s position as one of the most prominent cultural institutions not only in Rome, but in Europe. I’d especially like to welcome the Academy’s President Mark Robbins …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the De Gasperi Foundation event

I would like to thank Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and the De Gasperi Foundation for their kind invitation to speak today. Thank you also to my fellow panelists and moderator: Ambassador Massari, Ambassador Varrichio, Ambassador Wasum-Rainer, and Mr. Maurizio Molinari. An American poet Wallace Stevens once said, “All history is modern history.”

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at “The Jazz Ambassadors”

Good evening. Dennis, Hugo, alumni of the Young Leaders program, Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Villa Taverna.  It’s a pleasure for us to host you at Villa Taverna this evening. I’ve enjoyed meeting you all, and I can really see what a significant role the Young Leaders program of the Council for the United States …

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Ambassador Eisenberg Participates in International Cooperation Discussion at 2018 Cybersecurity Summit in Rome

Ambassador Eisenberg participated in a roundtable discussion on international cybersecurity cooperation along with UK Ambassador Jill Morris.  Ambassador Eisenberg highlighted cooperation to address cybercrime, strengthen cybersecurity, and encourage responsible behavior in cyber space.   He emphasized the collaborative work the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security carry out …

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U.S. Ambassador to Italy and Ambassador-Designate to San Marino Lewis Eisenberg

Most Excellent Captains Regent, Mr. Secretary, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is my great pleasure to be here in the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Marino.  Mr. Secretary, thank you for your words of welcome and friendship. The “Most Serene Republic” of San Marino is rightly proud to be regarded as the oldest surviving constitutional …

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U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg Met San Marino Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

Minister, thank you very much for the opportunity to meet. I am very pleased to be in your country, which I understand is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world.  I am also pleased to know that as many as 10 percent of your country’s population is made up of American …

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Remarks by Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg at SelectUSA Seminar in Florence

It’s a real pleasure for me to back in Firenze – a city I visited twice in my first 100 days. I am particularly pleased to be here in front of you: We have over 75 delegates from Italian companies as well as representatives from 17 U.S. states present. Our shared goal is to find …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the “48 Hour Film Project”

The 48 Hour Film Project is a U.S.-based competition for young and emerging filmmakers.  I emphasize young because once you know the rules, it is clear only the young have the energy to compete. Teams are given only 48 hours to make a movie – to write, shoot and edit it. They can’t really prepare …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Aspen Institute Italia

The United States and Italy have much in common, not just the creativity of the people, but also in the way that we are organized. Small and medium-sized enterprises are at the core of our business culture, and we both value entrepreneurship and innovation. Italy’s growth and prosperity is important to the United States, because …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Trafficking in Persons Round-table

Thank you to everyone for joining us today. I would like to thank Cesare Sirignano of the Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office for his crucial collaboration in helping to convene this meeting today.  I would also like to thank Joel Maybury and Mark Carlson of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking …

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U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg visited USAG Italy in Vicenza

U.S. Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg visited USAG Italy today. He toured #DelDin and #Villaggio housing areas, met with leadership at 173rd Airborne Brigade and U.S. Army Africa to acquaint himself with the U.S. Army mission here. Ambassador Eisenberg also took time to record an AFN Vicenza Holiday message for military families in Italy. U.S. Department of State U.S. Army Europe Installation Management Command Directorate-Europe U.S. Army Europe

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Ambassador Eisenberg at IAPG 20th Anniversary Reception

I am honored to celebrate the value, ingenuity and innovation that American companies bring to Italy. IAPG has been around for twenty years, but many of their members have a much longer history with Italy.  We are not only celebrating IAPG tonight, but also the strong partnership and historic ties between our two nations.  I …

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U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg met with Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris

As part of his first visit to Naples, Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg met with Mayor Luigi de Magistris. Ambassador Eisenberg expressed words of appreciation for the city, which is the first outside of Rome that the Ambassador has visited in his official capacity since his arrival in Italy.

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Ambassador Eisenberg’s Remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony for American Studies

As U.S. Ambassador, it’s important for me to visit as many regions in Italy as possible to gain a deeper understanding of this country, which is such a close friend of the United States. Naples is the first city outside of Rome that I am visiting in my official capacity:  and this is entirely appropriate …

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Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Papal Visit

Pope visited and conducted a mass at Sicily Rome American Cemetery. This is the first official visit by a Pope to an American overseas war cemetery. The mass commemorated all who have fallen in wars. The American Battle Monuments Commission is proud to welcome Pope Francis to Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. As a …

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U.S. Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg, Senator Shelby, Senator Leahy and six-member U.S. Congressional Met with Governor Visco

U.S. Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg and a six-member U.S. Congressional delegation led by Senator Shelby of Alabama and Senator Leahy of Vermont met with Governor Ignazio Visco of the Bank of Italy on Monday, 9 October.  The ninety-minute meeting at the Bank’s offices in Palazzo Koch was a positive exchange regarding topics of mutual interest centered …

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Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg Presents his Credentials to Italian President Sergio Mattarella at Quirinale palace.

In the afternoon of October 4 the official motorcade, escorted by the Italian Corazzieri, departed Villa Taverna for the Quirinale Palace where Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg, accompanied by his wife, presented his credentials to Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

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“The New Government Should Proceed with Reforms”, interview with U.S. Ambassador John Phillips

“It’s important that whichever government there is, or whoever is in charge, they should keep an eye on reforms. They can’t be dropped from the agenda,” states the U.S. Ambassador, John R. Phillips while speaking about the changes that have been in discussion for years to update the Italian political system, the machinery of Justice, …

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Talent Garden Blooms in Rome

PA Rome facilitated the visit of Ambassador John Phillips and Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs Todd Avery to Talent Garden (TAG) on December 6. TAG, a Milan-based a start-up, recently opened a co-working space in Rome, marking its 13th outpost in Italy, after also inaugurating spaces in four other European countries. Cisco, together with IBM …

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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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American Express Pride Network in Italy

It is a pleasure to join you today for the launch of the American Express Pride Network. I would like to congratulate American Express for establishing the Italian chapter of this program, which highlights the value of diversity and underlines your efforts to gain equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) …

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Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the “Centennial of the American National Parks Service”

Buonasera and thank you for being here to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service. Let me start by thanking Brand USA, the destination-marketing organization for the United States, which had the wonderful idea of creating a 3D documentary together with MacGillivray Freeman Films to celebrate the first 100 years of the National Park …

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Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at “America Decides” Election Night Event

Welcome to “America Decides,” where an estimated 134 million voting Americans will determine who will occupy the White House for the next four years, and which parties will control the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Whatever happens, of one thing we can be sure: This election will change history like never before.

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Whistleblowing: A Tool to Fight Fraud and Corruption, The American and Italian Perspectives

On October 20, 2016, U.S. Ambassador John Phillips hosts a conference on “Whistleblowing: A Tool to Fight Fraud and Corruption, The American and Italian Perspectives” Follow live here the introductory remarks by Ambassador John Phillips, Italian Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch who will give her keynote address on “The …

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Tribute to Gregory Peck

To celebrate the CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF HOLLYWOOD STAR GREGORY PECK, on October 18 there was a screening of the 1953 film ROMAN HOLIDAY, starring Peck and Audrey Hepburn. This very special screening was set at Piazza di Spagna within the frame of the 11th Festa del Cinema di Roma.

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Obama and Renzi Toast Remarks at State Dinner

Toast Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy at State Dinner The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 18, 2016 South Lawn Tent 9:21 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good evening, everybody!  Buonasera!  On behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House.  And welcome to the final …

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Remarks by Vice President Biden, Secretary Kerry and Italian PM Renzi at State Luncheon

Our two nations are NATO allies; we work together extremely closely in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are partners in training international peacekeepers and security forces. We stand side by side in the fight against terrorist groups who are trying to destroy the very civilization that Roman lawmakers, philosophers, and artists did so much to create.

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Ambassador Phillips’ Visit to Calabria

On his first visit to the southern region of Calabria October 3-5, Ambassador Phillips paid courtesy calls on Reggio Calabria Mayor Giuseppe Falcomatà and Reggio Calabria Prefect Michele Di Bari. During the trip, the Ambassador also gave remarks at a reception in honor of the official launch of the AmCham in Calabria, and had the …

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Joint Statement on the Meeting of the U.S. Ambassador to Italy with the Mayor of Rome

The Ambassador of the United States, John R. Phillips, held his first official meeting with the Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, this morning. The Ambassador conveyed his best wishes to the Mayor and the two discussed the ties that unite their two countries and peoples.

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Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at “USA-Italy Dialogue on Judicial Reform” Event

[…] Expanding the use of ADR in Italy is key to improving Italy’s civil justice system and its ability to attract business. First, let me state the obvious. Italy’s civil court system is slow. That’s the perception of American investors, and I dare say it’s also the perception of the Italian people, and international institutions. …

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Eid-al-Adha Reception at Villa Taverna

[…]EIds and Iftars hosted by the Ambassador have become a cherished tradition at our Embassy. It is also an important annual event at U.S. embassies around the world, the State Department, and the White House. Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, one of the most celebrated holidays worldwide each year, honors the willingness of Ibrahim, …

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Ambassador Phillips hosts screening of “Il Sindaco Pescatore”

[…] During his three terms as mayor of Pollica, Mr. Vassallo pushed for monumental changes. He used his experience as a fisherman and his love of the sea to inspire his campaign against marine pollution through seabed cleaning projects and waste-water treatment. His efforts earned his town a “5-sail” rating from Guida Blu for its …

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Independence Day 2016 at Villa Taverna

[…] Tonight, you can see images of many of America’s parks and monuments on the video screens throughout the garden. I hope you all have the chance to visit these sites in person…they are truly amazing and are the patrimony for the entire world, not just of the American people. These sites are truly worth …

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Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the Memorial Day Commemoration

On Memorial Day around the world, and in towns and cities at home, Americans and their allies gather to stand silently at the final resting places of so many of our countrymen who heeded our nation’s call to arms. Just as we have come here this morning, thousands have gathered across Europe this weekend at …

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Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the Return Ceremony of Columbus Letter

Rome, May 18, 2016 — Good morning. It’s a pleasure to celebrate the return of a priceless artifact such as this letter from Christopher Columbus to its rightful owner – the Italian people. Though Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, his voyages led to the first lasting European contact with …

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Remarks by Ambassador John R. Phillips on the 2016 U.S. Elections at the Sassari University

I am pleased to discuss the U.S. presidential election today; it is attracting a great deal of attention around the world and in Italy and I’m happy to be able to share a certain perspective about the process and issues. I’ve been involved in U.S. politics most of my adult life, most recently in support …

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Remarks by Ambassador John Phillips at the opening of NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016

[…] Collaboration is definitely the key word for this event that brings together people and ideas in Rome, Naples and in more than 170 other cities around the world. Ever since NASA launched this challenge in 2012, the emphasis has been on teamwork and sharing knowledge, valuable lessons we hope participants will gain from this …

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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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Ambassador Phillips Archive (September 2013 – March 2016)

Below is a list of Ambassador Phillips articles from September 2013 to March 2016: Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the First Ivory Crush in Italy Rome, March 31, 2016 — […] Today’s event is an historic and symbolic demonstration that Italy stands with the United States and many other countries in halting the traffic of our most endangered and precious species. • Wildlife trafficking is one …

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