Coming Event

Turkey 2020. The Economy, the Society, the Foreign policy: Possible developments

15th May, 2013

Turati Palace, Via Meravigli 9b, Milan


UniCredit Group and CIPMO initiated in 2011 an alliance aimed at organizing a series of Conferences dedicated to what we call the "Turkey Phenomenon" with the intent to promote a wider understanding of its social, economic and political issues.

Despite a growing interest in Turkey, in fact a superficial approach to the multifaceted and complex new realities of this Country is still detected. The phenomenon of Turkey is still perceived in a fragmented way by public opinion and by Italian and European business circles, while it would deserve a thorough understanding as a whole. Therefore we consider it appropriate to promote an overall reflection on this Country, through a modular process by phases, that is by three thematic workshops, dedicated to analyze the development of society, economic and financial perspectives, and finally the Country's international projection.

After a first meeting held in October 2011, which dealt with current internal dynamics and socio-cultural trends in Turkey, and a new one, held in June 2012, which dealt with the economic relations between Turkey, Europe and the Mediterranean Area, it is now time for a debate focused on the middle term perspectives (Turkey 2020), concerning the internal situation and the foreign policy.


15,00  Opening of the International Conference chaired by Janiki Cingoli, Director of CIPMO

Welcome speech:

Remo Eder, Member of the Milan Chamber of Commerce and Board Member of Promos

Fabrizio Spada, Director of the European Commission - Representation in Milan

Roberto Santaniello, International Relations Director at the Milan Municipality

Opening speeches:

Giuseppe Scognamiglio, Executive Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, UniCredit

Hakkı Akil, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Italy


I Panel: The internal situation and the possible developments

Moderator: Carlo Marsili, former Italian Ambassador in Ankara and scientific coordinator of the project "Fenomeno Turchia - Turkey Phenomenon"


  • Nur Batur, Writer and Political Journalist of the Turkish newspaper Sabah
  • Marta Ottaviani, Correspondent of the press agency TMNews in Turkey and collaborator of the Italian newspapers Avvenire and La Stampa
  • Cafer Sait Okray, Deputy Chairman of DEIK (Turkish-Italian Business Council) and Vice President of the Confederation of Italian Entrepreneurs Worldwide (CIIM)
  • Valeria Giannotta, Assistant Professor at the Political Science and International Relations Department of İstanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

 Question time


II Panel: The foreign projection

Moderator: Antonio Ferrari, Op-Ed writer of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera


  • Volkan Bozkır, Ambassador and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (the Turkish Parliament)
  • Alberto Negri, Special envoy of the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24-Ore
  • Mark A. Heller, Principal Research Associate at Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv
  • Deniz Ülke Arıboğan, Professor and member of the Board of Trustees of Istanbul Bilgi University, columnist at Akşam Daily Newspaper

 Question time


Conclusive Remarks

  • Alfredo Mantica, Former Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Italy
  • Lapo Pistelli, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Italy


For more info and for registation please contact:

CIPMO - Centro Italiano per la Pace in Medio Oriente
Corso Sempione 32b - 20154 Milan
Tel. +39 02 866 147/109 fax. +39 02 866200