Program

Friday, November 21, 2008
(Location: Sait Halim Pasa Mansion, Koybasi Caddesi 117, Istanbul)
8:00 - 8:15 pm

Welcome reception

Dieter Rampl, Chairman of UniCredit Group
Bulent Karadeniz, Acting Chairman of the Centre for Strategic Research, Turkey

8:15 - 10:30 pm

Dinner hosted by Mr. Ali Babacan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey with the participation of Mr. Massimo D'Alema, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy

 

Saturday, November 22, 2008
(Location: Conrad Hotel)
8:30 - 8:45 am

Welcome coffee

8:45 - 9:00 am

Introductory remarks by Dieter Rampl, who introduces the Ministers to the plenary session:

9:00 - 9:30 am

Ali Babacan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Turkey

9:30 - 10:00 am

Massimo D'Alema, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Italy

10:00 - 12:45 am

Workshop 1 - Political Relations
The role of Italy and Turkey in the Middle East

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu*, Chief Political Advisor to the Prime Minister
Co-Chairman: Marina Sereni, Member of the Italian Parliament, Vice-President of Ulivo Party

10:00 - 12:45 am

Workshop 2 - Economic Relations
Turkey: a new engine for Europe?

Chairman: Gerardo Pelosi, Columnist Il Sole 24 Ore (Italian financial newspaper)
Co-Chairman: Mrs. Zeynep Bodur*, Co-Chairman of Turkish-Italian Business Council

10:00 - 12:45 am

Workshop 3 - Socio-cultural Relations
What do Europeans think of Turkey and what do Turks think of Europe?

Chairman: Mr. Suat Kiniklioglu*, Member of Turkish Grand National Assembly
Co-Chairman: Amb. Renato Ruggiero, former Director General of WTO, former Counselor of the Italian Prime Minister for the Declaration on the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

12:45 - 2:00 pm

Buffet lunch with the participation of the Ministers

2:00 - 2:45 pm

Press Conference with the two Foreign Ministers

2:45 pm

Plenary Session

2:45 - 3:15 pm

The Chairman of each Workshop will report to the Plenary Session (10 minutes each)

3:15 - 3:45 pm

Debate among participants


Final Remarks by:
3:45 - 4:05 pm

Which Europe Turkey is facing?
Amb. Renato Ruggiero, former Director General of WTO, former Counselor of the Italian Prime Minister for the Declaration on the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

4:05 - 4:25 pm

EU-Turkish Relations
Marc Pierini, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Turkey

4:25 - 4:45 pm

Halim Mete, Deputy Chairman of the Union of Chambers and
Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

4:25 pm

Departure of Italian guest to the airport or for a dinner on boat