Dear Sirs and Ladies,

As the Secretary General of the "Italian Network for Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue" (RIDE), it is a pleasure for me to invite you to participate in the International Conference (in Italian and English) "The EU and Italy for Sustainability in Africa and the Wider Mediterranean" (Concept Note and guest list awaiting confirmation below), scheduled for Monday 4 March 2024 at the seat of the European Parliament and Commission in Italy, Via Quattro Novembre, 149, Rome:

The event, after the necessary registration at 10.30 a.m., will start at 11.00 a.m. and end at 5.30 p.m. To attend it is necessary to register in advance by sending a request by Friday 1 March 2024, via email to our email address , or via WhatsApp number +39.391.7181017.

This conference constitutes the first of a Trilogy of conferences in Italy on Sustainability and Identitarian Cuisine, followed by an event in Rome on Monday 20 May 2024, and another one in Scicli, Sicily, on Thursday 12 September 2024, in the context of the annual inter-institutional Euro-Med Medi-Jer initiative (, this year at its sixth edition.

RIDE, in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Italy and Mediterranean Perspectives, with the contribution of: European Parliament Office in Italy, PRIMA Foundation (Italian Secretariat), Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena (UNISI), Euro-Gulf Information Center (EGIC).

We are also pleased to invite you to the Identitarian Lunch and Refreshment scheduled at 2.15 pm and 5.15 pm respectively.

With the hope of having you among our guests, I remain at your disposal for any clarifications, happy to share further information.

Enrico Molinaro, Ph.D.


  • When and Where: Monday, March 4, 2024, EU Parliament and Commission Offices: Via IV Novembre 149, Rome
  • Who: Co-Organizers: The Italian Network for the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue (RIDE, Head of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Italy), the European Commission Office in Italy, and Mediterranean Perspectives, with the Contribution of: The European Parliament Office in Italy, The PRIMA Foundation (Italian Secretariat), The Department of Social, Political, and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Siena (UNISI), The European Gulf Information Center (EGIC), Il Castagno, Materviva, Salvia, Kmetro0, Grimaldi Impianti; Chairwoman: Michela Zanarella, President, The Italian Network for the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue (RIDE); Scientific Coordinator: Enrico Molinaro, Secretary General, RIDE; President, Mediterranean Perspectives
  • What: International Conference: The EU and Italy for Sustainability in Africa and in the Broader Med Region, in the context of the Medi-Jer annual inter-institutional Euro-Med initiative (VI Ed. 2024)

Sala delle Bandiere (Conference Room) of the EU Parliament in Italy

10.30-11.00: Conference Registration

11.00-11.15: Introductory greetings

  • Carlo Corazza, Director, Office of the European Parliament in Italy
  • Antonio Parenti, Head, European Commission Representation in Italy
  • Matthew Robinson, Director, EGIC (video)

11.15-12.00: An Institutional Perspective

  • Jo (Jyotsna) Puri, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD), International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD)
  • Emanuela Del Re, EU Special Representative for Sahel (video)
  • Almotaz Abadi, Deputy Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
  • Francesco Corvaro, Special Envoy for Climate Change, Italian Government
  • Sergio Marchi, Head, Technical Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty, and Forests (MASAF)
  • Gennaro Migliore, Emeritus President, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean-PAM, Director, Center of Global Studies (video)
  • Renato Loiero, Economic Advisor, Italian Prime Minister Office

12.00-12.45: The European and Italian Parliaments’ Debate

  • Nicola Procaccini, European Parliament member, Fratelli d’Italia
  • Francesca Peppucci, European Parliament member, European Popular Party (video)
  • Giuseppe Ferrandino, European Parliament member, Renew Europe, Azione
  • Brando Benifei, European Parliament member, Democratic Party (video)
  • Piero Fassino, Vicepresident, Defence Commission, Italian House of Deputies
  • Simona Petrucci, Commission on Environment, ecological transition, energy, public works, communications, technological innovation), Italian Senate, member, Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (APUfM)
  • Mercedes Bresso, European Parliament member, Democratic Party (online)

12.45-14.00: The Research and Media Dimension: Sustainability, Safe Climate, and Biodiversity Ecosystems

  • Davide Dionisi, Special Envoy of the Italian Government for Religious Freedom
  • Enrico Giovannini, President, The Italia Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS)
  • Marco Taradash, Journalist
  • Micol Pancaldi, Head, International TV coproduction and training, COPEAM (RIDE and ALF Italy member)
  • Nizar Ramadan, Editorial Director, Kmetro0
  • Daniele Frigeri, Direttore, Research Center for International Politics (CESPI: RIDE and ALF Italy member)
  • Elisabetta Righini, Director, Yunus Social Business Centre, Urbino University (RIDE and ALF Italy member)
  • Felicia Bongiovanni, Artistic Director, Yunus Social Business Centre, Urbino University (RIDE and ALF Italy member)
  • Salvatore Capasso, Head, Department of Social and Human Sciences, Italian National Research Center (CNR), Board of Directors, RIDE
  • Matteo Costola, PhD Student, Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma (UNINT)
  • Sara Savastano, Director Research and Impact Assessment Division, IFAD
  • Pierangelo Isernia, The Department of Social, Political, and Cognitive Sciences, University of Siena (UNISI, RIDE and ALF Italy member, online)
  • Richard Elelman, Head of Politics, Eurecat (video)
  • Desirée Quagliarotti, Researcher, ISMED-CNR, Italian Representative at the ALF Advisory Council
  • Sandro Dernini, President, Plexus International Forum Onlus (RIDE and ALF Italy member)
  • Giovanni Stanghellini, The PRIMA FoundationPRIMA Foundation (Italian Secretariat), (Italian Secretariat), Santa Santa Chiara LabChiara Lab, University of Siena University of Siena (RIDE and ALF Italy member)(RIDE and ALF Italy member)

Spazio Europa (Conference Room) of the EU Parliament and Commission in Italy

14.15-15.00: Identitary Lunch Break

Sala delle bandiere (first floor) of the EU Parliament and Commission in Italy

15.00-16.00: The EU, the Mattei Plan, Africa, and the Broader Med Region

  • Marco Ricceri, Secretary General, Eurispes (RIDE and ALF Italy member), Coordinator, Multidisciplinary BRICS Laboratory
  • Georgios Mitrakos, Director General, International Center for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS)
  • Roberto Ridolfi, Eurispes, Member, Multidisciplinary BRICS Laboratory
  • Mmathari Mashao, Minister of the South African Embassy in Rome
  • Firas Habbal, President, Emirates Scholar Research Center (online)
  • Gianluca Senatore, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Università Sapienza
  • Gianluigi Rossi, Director, Observatory on the Mediterranean, S. Pio V Institute of Political Studies (RIDE and ALF Italy member)
  • Michael Driessen, 2012 Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of MA in International Affairs, of MA in International Affairs, John Cabot University John CabotUniversity (RIDE and ALF Italy (RIDE and ALF Italy member
  • Piercamillo Falasca, Institutional Advisor, EGIC
  • Virgilio Dastoli, President, European Movement (RIDE and ALF Italy member)
  • Marco Scurria, Secretary, EU Policies Committee, Italian Senate

16.00-17.00: Lifestyle, Culture, Food Security, and Wellness

  • Alexandra Valkenburg, EU Ambassador at the Holy See and UN organizations in Rome
  • Rajae Naji El Mekkaoui, Moroccan Ambassador at the Holy See
  • Issa Kassissieh, Palestinian Ambassador at the Holy See
  • Andrea Canepari, Head, Office for Internationalisation of local governments, tourism, sport, Italian chambers of commerce abroad, EXPOs, promotion of Italian design, Italian food and wines, Directorate General for Country Promotion (DGSP), MAECI
  • Stefano Scalera, Counsellor to the Minister, Deputy Head, Minister’s Cabinet, MASAF
  • Cristina Chirico, Head, International Relations Office, CIA-Agricoltori Italiani (Italian Farmers), Facilitator on Food Security, Working Group World Farmers Organization
  • Angelo Argento, President, Cultura Italiae (RIDE and ALF Italy member)
  • Karl Wolfsgruber, Anthropologist, Director, Biodiversity and Sustainability Division, Renaissance Evolution Foundation
  • Elena Pascale, Director, Cavalsassi Foundation
  • Remo Cecconi, Quality Manager, Materviva SPA

17.00-17.15: Conclusions, Discussion, and Future Prospects

17.15-17.30: Final Identitary Refreshment

Flyer 1

Flyer 2

On. Benifei's Video

On. Brezzo's Video