Rome

The Bureau of the EPP Group will travel to Rome from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 September to discuss agriculture, migration, jobs and the future of Europe. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will address an internal meeting with Group Members on the future agenda of the European Commission.

Together with members of the European Commission, Members of the Italian Government and Italian MPs, the Bureau of the EPP Group will debate strong and sustainable European farms and a common European response to migration. An EPP Group Policy Paper ‘Jobs, Jobs, Jobs for a strong recovery’ will be also presented.

A special intervention by Silvio Berlusconi MEP, President of Forza Italia and Former Prime Minister of Italy, is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Other speakers during the meeting will include Ettore Prandini, President of Coldiretti, the Italian Farmers' Confederation, Carlo Bonomi, President of Confindustria, Confederation of Italian Industry, Antonella Folgori, CEO of Reithera, and Petra Von Strombeck, CEO of New Work/XING.

The programme will also include a press visit to La Castelluccia farm.

The closing day will be dedicated to the Conference ‘Christian Values and the Future of Europe' in collaboration with the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union.

Journalists can attend the meeting at Westin Excelsior Hotel (Via Veneto 125). A series of speeches will be transmitted to the press room. The meeting will adhere to the hotel’s COVID guidelines and a Green Pass will be mandatory. Registration will be needed to access the press room.

You can find a general overview of the programme below:

Monday 20 September 2021

Francesco BATTISTONI MP, Under Secretary of State, Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies

Franz FISCHLER, Former European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Ettore PRANDINI, President of Coldiretti, Italian Farmers' Confederation

Luciano FONTANA, Director of Corriere della Sera

Giorgio MULÈ MP, Under Secretary of State for Defence, Italian Ministry of Defence

Margaritis SCHINAS, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Promoting our European Way of Life

Ursula VON DER LEYEN, President of the European Commission (in camera)

Tuesday 21 September 2021

Silvio BERLUSCONI MEP, President of Forza Italia and Former Prime Minister of Italy

Carlo BONOMI, President of Confindustria, Confederation of Italian Industry

Antonella FOLGORI, CEO Reithera

Gilberto PICHETTO FRATIN MP, Italian Vice-Minister for Economic Development

Petra VON STROMBECK, CEO New Work/XING

Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Cardinal Jean-Claude HOLLERICH, President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union

Cardinal Pietro PAROLIN, Secretary of State of the Vatican City 

Fernando DE LA IGLESIA VIGUIRISTI, Professor of International Economics, Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome

Archbishop Paul Richard GALLAGHER, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State

Rev Christian KRIEGER, President of the Conference of European Churches

Dubravka ŠUICA, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Democracy and Demography

NOTE TO EDITORS

The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 179 Members from all EU Member States

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