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

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 President Trump and Prime Minister Conte of Italy in Joint Press Conference

Mr. Prime Minister, I want to begin by congratulating you once again on your tremendous victory in Italy. It was something that all the world was watching, and it excited the people all across Italy and, I can tell you, all across the United States, as well. Congratulations. In your election, the Italian nation has ...
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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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Message from President Mattarella on the occasion of Independence Day

The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella sent the following message to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump: «The anniversary of July 4 grants me the opportunity to extend our warmest wishes on behalf of the Italian people and myself. The United States and Italy are united by a long-standing friendship, ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy to the White House on July 30, 2018. Italy is an important NATO Ally, a leading partner in Afghanistan and Iraq, and key in bringing stability to the Mediterranean region. Together, the United States and Italy will look to deepen cooperation in addressing global ...
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Remarks by DCM Kelly Degnan at the BEST Program at Radio Dimensione Suono

Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to join you today at the Radio Dimensione Suono headquarters to celebrate the Business Exchange and Student Training program, or BEST, as we call it. I would like to begin by thanking our host this evening, Mr. Montefusco and Radio Dimensione Suono (RDS), whose cooperation in ...
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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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“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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The National Police Week

As we observe National Police Week in the United States we seek to highlight the U.S. partnership with Italy’s Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU). Created in 2005, this is a joint effort to improve the quality and capability of formed police units (FPUs) deploying to United Nations (UN) and regional peace operations. ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Kelly Degnan at the Opening Ceremony of ZERO Hackathon

Good afternoon. I’m delighted to be here at the ZERO Hackathon on Sports for Development and Peace. I would like to thank the Italian Society for International Organizations for organizing this event and also the Italian National Olympic Committee for hosting it for the second time. The focus on the role of sports in development ...
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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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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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“Collaboratory 1,2,3 STAR” International Project Announced at “YouLab Pistoia” American Corner

The project, an open source robotics telescope to be used for exoplanet observations, will be built by the participating schools, which include the Fedi Fermi School in Pistoia, Italy; the Richland Two Institute for Innovation in Columbia (SC); Northwestern High School in Albion (PA); and Brunswick High School in Brunswick (GA).
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Sullivan Remarks at the Rome Center for American Studies (CSA)

My purpose in coming here to Rome is to reaffirm, as the President said, the importance of the relationship between the United States and Italy. We have millions of my fellow Americans who trace their ancestry to Italy, we have four million or more Americans who visit Italy every year, a million or more Italians ...
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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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Ambassador Kozak’s Remarks at the OSCE International Conference Against Anti-Semitism

This conference is a particularly appropriate follow-up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  As President Trump said:  “Every generation must learn and apply the lessons of the Holocaust.  We will stamp out prejudice.  We will condemn hatred.  We will bear witness and we will act.” Absent action, the sacred pledge of “Never again” can become empty ...
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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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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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Welcome Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan

As always, it is a pleasure to be here at the Centro Studi Americani. I would like to begin my brief remarks by congratulating Professor Sergio Fabbrini on his latest accomplishment: the publication of his 15 th book: Sdoppiamento – Una prospettiva nuova per l’Europa. I am pleased that Professor Fabbrini chose Centro Studi Americani ...
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Chargè d’Affaires Kelly Degnan Commemorates 9/11 with Rome City Representatives

Sixteen years have passed since the terrible events of September 11, 2001.  For many of us, the brutal deaths of nearly three thousand people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania marked a moment of stark awakening, when terrorism became far too real.  In an instant, the lives of ordinary ...
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Palazzo Margherita façades conservation Project

The first phase of the Palazzo Margherita facades conservation project is complete.   Palazzo Margherita, the current chancery for the Embassy of the United States of America to Italy, was originally palazzo Boncompagni Ludovisi prior to becoming the residence of the first queen of Italy, Margherita di Savoia. The project, by the Studio DDM Architetti Associati ...
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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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Remarks for the 241st Anniversary of U.S. Independence

First, I want to thank the Italian and American civilian and military representatives who are here with us tonight. We honor your service and dedication to country and people. It’s a special honor for me to welcome this evening the Prefect of Naples Carmela Pagano, the Mayor of Naples Luigi De Magistris, as well as ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan Celebrates Independence Day 2017

Over the past year since we last celebrated together here, we’ve seen some transitions in America, Italy, and Europe. Those transitions brought new faces, new thinking, and sometimes different approaches, as transitions often do. What has not changed, though, is the fundamental friendship between Americans and Italians, which we are also celebrating here tonight. We ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy to discuss the agenda for the upcoming G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany and to renew his appreciation for the Prime Minister’s efforts in hosting the exceptional G7 Summit in May. President Trump also underscored his appreciation for Italy’s efforts to address the ...
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Independence Day at the American Consulate in Florence

I am only one in a long chain of Consuls General who have served our country from Florence, and all of us leave a piece of ourselves here when we go. This city, which over hundreds of years has generated international dialogue, revolutionary art, and controversial philosophy, inspires us all. If I had to pick ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe Conrad Tribble Travels to Italy

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe Conrad Tribble was in Italy for two days of meetings with Embassy officials and Italian counterparts as part of broader European travel including the European Union – United States Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs in Malta. Mr. Tribble had a series of internal meetings, as ...
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Italian Republic National Day

The United States and Italy are strong partners, Allies, and friends. Throughout America’s history, Italian-Americans have enriched our communities by sharing their cultural heritage. This deep and enduring friendship, founded on mutual respect, trust, and affection is not one we take for granted. Rather, it is one we rekindle and strengthen every time we come ...
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Statement from First Lady Melania Trump on her Visit to Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital

“My visit to Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital today was very moving. To spend time speaking to and coloring with children who have such a positive spirit despite illness was an amazing gift," stated First Lady Melania Trump. "The time I spent with the little ones in the Intensive Care Unit is something I will never ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin

The Pope and the President discussed how religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions, such as Syria, Libya, and ISIS-controlled territory. The President affirmed that the United States and the Holy See share many fundamental values and seek to engage globally to promote human rights, combat human suffering, and protect religious freedom.
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni

President Donald J. Trump today held meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. The leaders discussed the alliance between the United States and Italy, as well as priorities in the areas of defense cooperation, counterterrorism, and efforts to deny terrorists safe havens from Mali to Libya to Iraq to Afghanistan. President ...
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Melania Trump Announces Inaugural Foreign Trip as First Lady of the United States

The First Lady will join her husband throughout each day, but will also participate in many of her own events. In the latter part of the trip, Mrs. Trump will attend spousal programs at the NATO and G-7 summits. She will conclude the trip by delivering remarks to United States military personnel and families in ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Degnan’s Remarks at Temple University Rome 50th Anniversary

Educational exchanges are important, now more than ever. They promote mutual understanding and create ties between future leaders. They help bring a very human face to a chaotic, globalized world. As Senator William Fulbright once observed “The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy – the ability to see the world as others ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at the Opening of U.S. Pavilion

Since the U.S. Pavilion opened in 1930, dozens of art biennales have been held in this gracious structure. That 1930 opening, by the way, was attended by then United States Ambassador to Italy, John W. Garrett. Since then, it has become a tradition of sorts for the United States ambassador or Chargé d’Affaires to come ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Foreign Travel

[...] Traveling next to Italy, President Trump will meet with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss cooperation between the United States and religious communities in areas of joint concern. He will also meet, in Rome, with President Mattarella of Italy, who will later host the G-7, to discuss multilateral cooperation and bilateral ...
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Clemantine Wamaryia is in Italy

Clemantine Wamariya, an American social entrepreneur and human rights advocate who is committed to cultivating leaders and innovators through the power of storytelling, spoke in a series of programs in Rome on May 4th and 5th. She gave presentations to youth, migrants, and NGO representatives, drawing on her personal stories of her childhood in Rwanda ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Degnan for Wine Tasting Event

Welcome to Villa Pinciana. I am delighted to have you here, in this beautiful residence tonight, to taste and enjoy American wines from Washington State. The U.S. Embassy and the United States Department of Agriculture are pleased to introduce you to Pomum Cellars, one of America’s hottest new wineries. It is an enchanting boutique winery ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at “One Arctic” Opening Ceremony

Let me thank the Italian Society for International Organizations for organizing this worthwhile four-day marathon and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for hosting it. Bringing together people and resources for an undertaking such as this involves a tremendous cooperative effort on the part of the organizers. I commend SIOI for moving this initiative forward ...
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Space Apps Challenge Returns to Earth

Over 250 young scientists and engineers, mixed with designers, graphic artists and communicators, participated to the Rome's edition, where 16 teams proposed their ideas to improve life on Earth working on solutions to challenges in the five areas proposed by NASA, from improving knowledge of environmental issues, to preventing natural disasters. Among other guests, we ...
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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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Space Apps in Naples: Apple Academy’s Team ‘Pizza Flyers’ on the highest step of the podium

This year’s edition in Naples was a huge success: 155 participants, 16 teams, many interesting ideas and projects developed in the new Federico II University facilities, which also hosted the opening event of the third Naples edition of Space Apps. “Southern Italy has a solid reputation for science, with high quality university programs in engineering, ...
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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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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Gentiloni of Italy in Joint Press Conference

Mr. Prime Minister, I'm thrilled that you are here today to discuss how we can make this great relationship even more productive in the years to come. On the economy, Italy is one of America’s largest trading partners. A lot of people don’t know that. We both seek a trading relationship that is balanced, reciprocal ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers Stand United to Face Pressing International Challenges

While the statement covers nearly two dozen regions and topics of interest ranging from Middle East and Africa to maritime security, the issues of counterterrorism, defeating ISIS, and the crises in Iraq and Syria were adressed at great length. The statement acknowledged that international cooperation remains of paramount importance in the fight against terrorism. Regarding ...
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Secretary Tillerson: United States Will Stand Up to Those Who Commit Crimes Against ‘Innocents’

Today, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended a ceremony at the Sant'Anna di Stazzema memorial in Italy, which is dedicated to the victims of the massacre committed in the village by the Nazis in 1944 during World War II. At the wreath laying ceremony at Sant’Anna Secretary Tillerson stated, “We remember the events of ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson To Travel to Lucca and Moscow

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Lucca, Italy, April 9-11 to attend the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting provides a venue for the foreign ministers to discuss global political and security issues of mutual concern. Their discussions will set the stage for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit which President ...
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Consul General Abigail M. Rupp Visits Reggio Emilia

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp traveled to Reggio Emilia to meet with City Councilwoman for International Relations Serena Foracchia, Vice Prefect Alessandra De Notaristefani Di Vastogirardi, Questore Isabella Fusiello and Chamber of Commerce President Stefano Landi. Following the meetings, she spoke at a seminar, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, entitled, "Le opportunità commerciali tra ...
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Mattis Praises Italy’s Security Contributions in First Meeting With Defense Minister

In his first meeting with his Italian counterpart in today, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis thanked Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti for her country’s hospitality for U.S. forces and its contributions to various security missions. The two defense leaders met in Brussels on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers conference to discuss “the close and enduring ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy to discuss strengthening bilateral cooperation across a range of shared interests, including security and counterterrorism. The leaders discussed Libya, the influx of migrants and refugees into Europe, as well as Italy's priorities, and the upcoming G-7 meeting in Italy. President Trump reiterated ...
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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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Third National Congress on the Alternative Justice System

The Ambassador views civil justice reform as a way Italy could make itself a more attractive destination for foreign direct investment. He has made this a central part of his message on the Italian economy during his time in Italy. He has given speeches in Milan, Florence, and Rome to business leaders and to students ...
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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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FBI Returns Roman Statue of Peplophoros Stolen in Villa Torlonia, Rome

FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McGarrity of the New York Field Office and Joon H. Kim, Deputy U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, formally presented the Torlonia Peplophoros statue to Generale di Brigata Fabrizio Parrulli of Italy’s Carabinieri in a ceremony today at the New York Historical Society Library. The statue ...
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President’s Call with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

President Obama spoke today by phone with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy to thank him for the close friendship and partnership the leaders enjoyed during the Prime Minister’s tenure. President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi discussed the outcome of Italy’s December 4 constitutional referendum. The President emphasized that Italy will remain one of the ...
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Joint Press Availability With Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni

We’ve updated our ideas on various international issues that we are working on together, and Italy has always been grateful for the U.S. leadership in Yemen. We also spoke of the Syrian crisis; and as I already said at the press conference after the meeting with Minister Lavrov, we cannot build up a path towards ...
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SIOI Zero Hackathon Official Opening FAO

Good morning! It is a pleasure to be here with you today to launch this important event that embraces collaborative problem solving with the goal of producing solutions to some of the most challenging issues we face today. I would like to thank SIOI for sponsoring this event and FAO for providing such a beautiful ...
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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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DCM Degnan at Coding Girls Workshop

Buon pomeriggio a tutti! E’ un grande piacere per me essere qui al Volterra oggi, tra tanti giovani. Una bella sensazione quella di guardare il futuro, e ho davanti agli occhi un futuro pieno di impegno e di promesse. So che una parte di questo impegno e una parte molto importante dal mio punto di ...
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President-Elect Trump and Secretary Clinton Speeches After Election Results

President-Elect Trump: "I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict."
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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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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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Press Conference of President Obama and PM Renzi

Press Conference of President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi of the Republic of Italy The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 18, 2016 Rose Gargen 11:44 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Please, everybody have a seat.  Salve.   Once again, I want to welcome Prime Minister Renzi and his delegation back to ...
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Remarks by President Obama and PM Renzi in Arrival Ceremony

And in Italy, and in Prime Minister Renzi, the United States has a partner with whom we share a common vision. Inclusive, growing economies that create opportunity and reduce injustice and inequality. A Europe that is whole, and free, and at peace. A strong NATO alliance committed to our collective defense and united in the ...
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Fact Sheet: United States-Italy Cooperation

The United States and Italy are working together bilaterally and through the NATO Alliance on international security and humanitarian efforts such as the Counter-ISIL Coalition, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and the refugee and migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Italy is a strong partner and leader in the global effort to counter terrorism and violent extremism, and ...
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President Obama interviewed by “La Repubblica”

Exclusive interview with US President: "Italy is at the forefront of the refugee crisis. But a small number of nations on the frontlines can’t bear this heavy burden alone". On terrorism: "Italy is a vital member of our coalition. I’m confident that we will win and ISIS will lose". On TTIP and free market: "It’s ...
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Attorney General of the United States Loretta E. Lynch

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando will participate in an event with the leaders of the Italian justice and law enforcement authorities on the cooperation of the two countries in the fight against organized crime. The conference will take place on October 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Scuola ...
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Maker Faire 2016

DCM Kelly Degnan wished well to the over 400 innovators, students and experts who participated in the opening conference of the fourth edition of Maker Faire, at the Fiera Roma today. Over 30 countries from all over the world are represented at the Faire, where innovators will showcase new technologies and feature experimentation across the ...
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U.S. Air Force Secretary Lee James in Italy

The U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James departed Rome Sunday following a meeting with Italian defense leadership and a visit to the Italian Air Operation Center and NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Center (DACCC) at Poggio Renatico. Following her meeting, Secretary James said, “I had very informative conversations with defense leaders ...
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Consulate and Artecinema Promote Free Press

“After winning the Pulitzer award I feel even more responsible and motivated, regardless of the risks. Even if I am more exposed to threats, I gained people’s trust,” said Massoud Hossaini, one of the four Afghan photojournalists in “Frame by Frame,” the American documentary about the realities of building a free press in Afghanistan after ...
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U.S. Speaker Jessica Grounds in Salerno

What are the barriers that women have to face to become leaders? What strengths do women leaders offer? How do we increase the number of women running for political office? These were the pivotal topics during a full-day program on September 30 at the University of Salerno, where U.S. speaker and women’s leadership expert Jessica ...
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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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American Team Wins “Best Presentation” Award at Cous Cous Fest 2016

No hashtag could be better than #WelcomeDiversity at the Cous Cous Fest 2016, the ‘international festival of cultural integration,’ where 10 countries competed at the Cous Cous World Championship in San Vito lo Capo and some 50,000 visitors came to the event. On September 22, the Department of State’s American Chef Corps member Mary Sue ...
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Consul General Countryman’s First Visit to Sicily

Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman visited Sicily, September 20-22, focusing on meetings and events in the Palermo area during her first visit. She met with Sicilian President Rosario Crocetta, Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando, Prefect of Palermo Antonella De Miro, and Palermo Chief Prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi, who all were pleased that she chose to ...
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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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Youth Leadership Program for Southern Italy Kicks Off in the United States

The ‘American dream’ came true for 20 young students from Southern Italy who departed for the United States on August 23 for a three-week exchange program. The 2016 Youth Leadership Program (YLP), coordinated by the U.S. Consulate General in Naples in partnership with Indiana University and the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at the ...
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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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