For a common future: Turkey, the EU and the Mediterranean


Wednesday, November 05, 2008
8:15 am


8:45 am

Introductory remarks:     Ms Marta Dassù, (Director of the Aspen Institute -Italy) ,
Mr Semih Idiz (Columnist of the Milliyet Daily News)

Round table: Turkey, Europe, and Mediterranean: towards a common project
Ms Emma Bonino (Vive President of the Italian Senate),
Mr Egemen Bagis (Member of the Turkish Parliament, and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister)

9:25 am

HE Ambassador Ms Zergun Koruturk, Deputy Undersecretary of the Turkish  Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Lucio Caracciolo (Editor in Chief  of Limes),

Brief introduction to the book "Ataturk" by the Author Mr Fabio L. Grassi  (Yildiz Teknik Üniversitesi - Istanbul)      and Mr. Antonello Biagini (Professor of Eastern European history - Università la Sapienza)

11:15 am

Coffee break

11:30 am

The international financial crisis and its effects on Turkey and on the Central East European Markets.
Mr Alessandro Profumo (CEO of UniCredit Group)

11:50 am

Italy and Turkey, towards a common vision
•Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs HE Mr Franco Frattini
•Turkish Minister for  Foreign Affairs HE Mr Ali Babacan

12:30 pm

Press Conference of the Ministers

Signing ceremony of the Agreement between the Republic of Turkey  and the European University Institute - Florence

1:00 pm


2:30 pm

Closed doors presentation of the new format of the Italian Turkish Forum and launching of the Working Group on Culture.


Mr Giuseppe Scognamiglio (Head of International and Institutional Affairs UniCredit Group),
Mr Bulent Karadeniz (Head of Department Center for Strategic Research Turkey)

Presentation of the new concept of Italian. Turkish Forum (objectives, possible organization structure, working methodology, participants, outcomes, etc.)

Launching of the first year topic: "The opportunities of the Cultural dialogue".

Introductory remarks:   
Mr Ayse Kadioglu (Faculty of Social Sciences and Arts, Istanbul Sabanci University):
Mr Stefano Silvestri (President of IAI)

The main cultural fears and prejudices related to the entry of Turkey in the EU will be outlined by the two experts.

An open discussion will be launched on possible proposals to overcome the cultural barriers currently expressed by public opinion in Italy, Europe and Turkey. Particular attention will be paid to the choice of priority cultural issues to be analyzed by the working Group during the coming months such as: Cultural Identity, Religion, Education, The role of women in society, Art, Immigration, Communication and media, Alliance of civilization.

4:00 pm

Final remarks by     
Mr Giuseppe Scognamiglio (Head of International and Institutional Affairs UniCredit Group),
Mr Bulent Karadeniz (Head of Department of Center for Strategic Research Turkey)

4:30 pm

Closing of the Forum