“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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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) ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»
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