Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) Chairman Franco Frattini calls for a collective effort against corruption in sport

Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) Chairman Franco Frattini: “SIGA is ready and willing to work with the IOC to provide a better future for sport” 

Italian Magistrate and Former Vice-President of the European Commission calls for a collective effort against corruption in sport 

Over the past 40 years, I have held a number of high-level positions in diplomacy, government, integrity and sport, including working as a judge tackling the Mafia and organised crime in Italy. 

Throughout my career, I have learned the importance of drawing on individual expertise as part of a collective effort to achieve a common goal. 

Since joining the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) in July as the organisation’ s first independent Chair, I have had the chance to review the current state of affairs in the sports industry and envisage a strategy for the months and years ahead. 

I have also been able to meet with a number of stakeholders committed to conquering the toxic influence of those who give sports governing bodies a bad name, and share ideas of best practice for the path ahead. It is clear that there has never been a stronger need for reform. 

Each day, the public’ s confidence in the governance of sport is eroded further by the seemingly endless list of corruption stories that dominate news headlines around the world. 

This negativity taints the otherwise excellent day-to-day work of so many national international sports organisations and the vast majority of people who work in sport. IOC President Thomas Bach was right in many ways to say that organisations cannot be held accountable for the greed-fuelled actions of individuals. 

However, I believe that, with a more strategic and cohesive effort, SIGA can help the world’ s top sporting organisations create a new era in sport, where individuals are not given the opportunity to tarnish its collective reputation. 

Therefore, one of my primary aims is to reach out to the IOC, FIFA and other sports governing bodies, to see how, together, we can drive real change. 

We all share the same objective: we all want clean and fair sport that the public can have complete faith in. Like in sport, if we unite together behind a shared goal, rather than act in isolation from one another, we will have the greatest chance of success. 

In 2011, I was fortunate enough to be honoured with the Olympic Order by the IOC. The IOC is an organisation I respect and I have full confidence in that, under the leadership of President Bach, it will help lead the Olympic Movement in the fight against corruption. 

But I also believe that the IOC partnering with SIGA will be mutually beneficial and will ultimately benefit the sports industry. 

I recognise that there are hurdles we need to overcome, and realise the need for careful and considered diplomacy. 

I am convinced though that SIGA’ s expertise can provide real value. It is SIGA’ s mission to work with all stakeholders in the sports industry to re-instil trust and build a better future for the next generations. To this end, I hope to meet with President Bach and other leaders soon, and discuss ways in which we can work together and impose the change we all urgently want to see. 

SIGA is ready and willing to work with the IOC and all sports organisations to provide a better future for sport

Meanwhile, great progress is being made at SIGA as we continue to grow our membership and build the strong foundations needed to help the fight against corruption. We now have over 100 supporters committed to preserving the integrity of sport, safeguarding its positive values, and reducing and eliminating the harmful impact that corruption poses to sport and all sporting communities

SIGA continues to hold regular meetings with sport’ s most influential administrators, and learn more and more about how we can help influence change. 

The time for change is now. SIGA is ready to help the top international sporting organisations stop the corrupt few from ruining sport for the overwhelming majority of people around the world who take part in sport for all the right reasons. Honesty, integrity and transparency should always inspire and guide our commitment. Our ambition here is to represent these values not just through good practice but as a leader by good example. 

Franco Frattini

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Dialogue in the Name of the Future – 2017: Russia and the World Around a Century Later

Moscow, 16 November, 2017
Franco Frattini opened the Anniversary “Dialogue in the Name of the Future – 2017: Russia and the World Around a Century Later”

On November 16, research and educational program “Dialogue in the Name of the Future – 2017: Russia and the World Around a Century Later” opened in Moscow. 

Executive Director of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund Leonid Drachevsky welcomed the participants from over 200 countries. After reminding that the current Dialogue in the Name of the Future was organized in the year of the 100th anniversary of the Revolution of 1917, the head of the Fund introduced outstanding politician and public figure, President of the Institute of Eurasian Studies, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy (2002-2004, 2008-2011) Franco Frattini to the audience. 

In the beginning his speech the Italian diplomat thanked the Gorchakov Fund and the Primakov Center for Foreign Policy Cooperation for collaboration with the Institute of Eurasian Studies. 
“When coming to Moscow I always feel among friends”, he acknowledged. Franco Frattini shared his memories about his diplomatic work during hard times for Russia and Europe. He spoke about the initiative of Rome to bring Moscow into the club of superpowers, transformation of G7 into G8. According to the politician, during all these years Italy had been among the closest friends of Russia. Rome envisaged restoration of the foreign policy potential of Moscow and at various times stressed at the highest level that not a single important issue of the global politics could be resolved without Russia. 
Franco Frattini is confident that due to absence of Moscow in the “big seven” colossal opportunities have been missed to make the world a better and safer place. The guest of the Dialogue spoke a lot about what Russia could teach Europe. First of all, it is real unity – a powerful union of different people belonging to different ethnic groups and religions. It is obvious how the national pride of Russian citizens is reviving due to achievements in the foreign policy. This being said, Europe now is demonstrating deep lines of separation in various fields. 
The politician could not help mentioning the Ukrainian crisis. According to him, the biggest mistake was to offer Kiev a hard choice: to be with Moscow or with Europe. This resulted in the economic collapse and sufferings of the millions of people. Having stressed again that not a single complex issue could be resolved without Moscow, Franco Fratttini urged the Europeans and the Russian to restore strategic relations. This has to be done right away. 

The first day of the Dialogue was dedicated to discussions of different aspects of the Russian history during the period of 1917-2017. Professor of Moscow State University Alexander Sagomonyan, Director of analytics center Rethinking Russia Alexander Konkov and Associate Professor of Moscow State University Alexey Fenenko presented to the audience. 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov met the participants of the project.
"We attach great importance to dialogue with members of the research and expert community, who represent a wide range of positions and views on the world politics. We believe that an open and free discussion in this format will enable researchers to familiarise themselves more profoundly with Russia’s approaches to the resolution of pressing international issues and will help allay the myths about our country that are being pushed forth by our opponents in the information space." 
During the meeting, the Minister  shared his assessments of the international situation, dwelled on priority fields of the Foreign Ministry’s work and answered questions from participants in the Gorchakov Fund’ programme.

Organizers of the project this year are the Primakov Center for Foreign Policy Cooperation and the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. The event is also organized with the support of the grant of the President of the Russian Federation for development of the civil society provided by the Foundation of Presidential Grants.

“Dialogue in the Name of the Future” is an annual research and educational program for young experts, whose professional interests are focused on foreign policy, international relations and public diplomacy. During five days of intensive intellectual activities, lectures and seminars 45 participants from over 20 countries will exchange opinions with their colleagues from other countries, analyze consequences of the revolution of 1917 for the modern system of foreign affairs and discuss the current international agenda with respected Russian and foreign analysts. 

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Franco Frattini awarded with a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Moscow

Moscow, 16 November 2017 
Franco Frattini awarded with a Doctorate Honoris Causa 

The Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Aleksey Gromyko, during the celebration of the 30-th anniversary of the Institute, awarded President of the Institute for Eurasian Studies and of the Italian Society of the International Organisation (SIOI-UNA Italy) Franco Frattini with a Doctorate honoris causa
Then President Frattini, in the presence of several academicians, state officials and ambassodors, held a Lectio magistralis on the Russia-EU relations. 

"Cooperation between Europe and Russia is necessary in order to deal with several threats of the contemporary world, from terrorism to migration and international crime. Russia has shown during centuries a unique capacity of building a multiethnic and multireligious society, with elements of islamic, jewish and even buddist traditions. But this has been done, and nowdays is done, paying attention to the preserve its fundamental Christian identity. 

I remember very well when in 1994 the Italian government took the initiave of inviting the Russian Federation to participate in the G7 summit in Napoli. This was a very important step on the way to integrate Russia in the international system after the fall of the Soviet Union. Another fundamental step, again result of Italy’s initiative, was the establishment of the NATO-Russia Council in Pratica di Mare in 2002. We should re-establish that fruitful phase of dialogue with Russia, that allowed both Europe and Moscow to gain very positive economic and political results in the period 2002-2008 and even after the Georgian war and the beginning of the international financial crisis. 

Russia represents at the same time a great Eurasian power, with all the geopolitical possibilities connected to this status, and a product of the European culture and history. Literature, art, architecture, religious tradition make undoubtedly Russia an European country"

During his visit in Moscow, President Frattini had several meetings with important Russian personalities, including the Rector of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations, Anatolij Torkunov and Vladimir Mau, Rector of the Presidential Academy of Economy and Public Administration, where President Frattini held a conference on "Geopolitics in the Mediterranean Region".

The parties hashed out issues of cooperation between the United Nations Associations of both countries and discussed the creation and implementation of educational programs, including the Model United Nations. 
Anatoly Torkunov and Franco Frattini also spoke about the collaboration between Russian and Italian universities and the launch of dual MA programs. 
The meeting was also attended by the Chair of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of United Nations Associations and Head of the UNESCO Chair at MGIMO Alexei Borisov and members of the faculty.

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#UNITIPERLORO Evento: AnimaAmbiente - Antropocentrismo la malattia, biocentrismo la cura?

Coordinamento #UNITIPERLORO e SIOI con il Patrocinio del Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare 

 “AnimaAmbiente” – Antropocentrismo la malattia, biocentrismo la cura?

Venerdì 1 dicembre 2017 dalle ore 15 alle 19 
SIOI, Salone delle Conferenze 

Franco Frattini, Presidente della SIOI 

“Il futuro dell’orso e dei grandi predatori tra verita’ mai raccontate e disinformazione mediatica” 
Davide Celli, Scrittore, Giornalista e Presidente dell’Associazione LEGIO URSA 

“Il lupo tra fiaba e realta’:”Il mondo visto con gli occhi del lupo” 
Ethel Onnis, Naturalista Progetto “L’arte nell’essere lupo” 

“Conservazione del lupo: basi scientifiche e elementi sociali e culturali di una difficile sfida” 
Dott. Piero Genovesi, responsabile ISPRA conservazione e gestione patrimonio faunistico nazionale 

“Il mare malato” 
Francesco Saverio D’Aquino – Sea Shepherd 

“DNA intrappolati: l’incubo concreto degli statutari 
Daniele Tedeschi, BSc Phd, Coordinatore scientifico OSA, Direttore Scientifico Progetto Genobioma 

“Violenza sugli animali e pericolosità sociale” 
Francesca Sorcinelli-Presidente di Link Italia 

“Buono, sano e vegano…” 
Dott.Maurizio Conte, pediatra

 “Presentazione progetto Cuori in Corsa” 
Giacomo Lucchetti, Motociclista sportivo 

 “Diritti animali e rovesci umani” 
Luigi Lombardi Vallauri, filosofo e scrittore 

Conclusioni, lettura manifesto, obiettivi. 

Comitato #UNITIPERLORO: Andrea Cisternino, Riccardo Lagana’, Elisabetta Strano, Leonardo Rania

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The CNN Freedom Project: Solutions to end Human Trafficking

(ANSAmed) - ROMA, 10 NOV - Il Cnn Freedom Project, un progetto del network americano che vuole fare luce e sconfiggere le schiavitù del XXI secolo, è sbarcato a Roma, per un dibattito registrato alla Link Campus University che ha toccato uno dei temi più incandescenti dello scenario internazionale: la crisi migratoria e il traffico di esseri umani che ne approfitta. 

Moderata dal giornalista Richard Quest, la conversazione ha coinvolto ospiti di alto livello come Gervais Appave, cosigliere politico del direttore generale dell'Oim; Franco Frattini, ex ministro degli Esteri ed ex Commissario europeo alle migrazioni; Julie Okah, direttrice generale della Naptip, l'agenzia anti-traffico di esseri umani della Nigeria e Joanna Rubinstein, presidente della World Childhood Foundation

In tutti gli interventi, la consapevolezza che dietro le migrazioni ci sia in moltissimi casi la mano e lo sfruttamento delle organizzazioni criminali, sia nei paesi d'origine, sia durante il transito, sia all'arrivo in Europa. Una circostanza confermata anche da uno studio della Link, per il quale, nel caso degli arrivi dalla Libia, su ogni 100 migranti, 70 sono vittime dei trafficanti. "Un recente studio ha indicato che il 73% dei migranti che attraversano il Mediterraneo sono vittima di abusi e sfruttamento - ha osservato Appave - Tutti loro sono sottoposti a tre tipi di rischio: quello di finire in mano ai trafficanti nel loro paese; quello per il quale chi permette loro di partire deve massimizzare il profitto, per cui li stipa in tantissime su barche fragili, ed infine i rischi del paese di arrivo, come lavoro in schiavitù e avvio alla prostituzione. Si tratta di una terribile normalità"". Un fenomeno, quello delle migranti che diventano prostitute, su cui si è soffermata Okah, notando come "queste ragazze non possono facilmente ribellarsi, perché c'è chi le controlla, chi minaccia le loro famiglie nel paese d'origine, sono senza passaporto, preso dai trafficanti, e temono costantemente ritorsioni". Un'infinita serie di violenze che vale milioni di euro per l'industria criminale che sfrutta le persone che lasciano i propri paesi. Che va combattuta, è stato sottolineato, con un approccio complessivo al problema, in tutte le fasi del fenomeno. Durante la trasmissione, sono stati mostrati diversi filmati che testimoniano gli abusi sui migranti finiti in mano a trafficanti. Tra questi uno particolarmente drammatico, fornito dalla Guardia Costiera italiana - i cui vertici, presenti in studio, hanno ricevuto l'applauso della platea per le vite che salvano ogni giorno - in cui si vedono le fasi di un salvataggio, con i migranti terrorizzati che si aggrappano ai loro salvatori. In sala, tra gli altri, anche il sottosegretario alla Presidenza del Consiglio Sandro Gozi e il sottosegretario alla Giustizia Gennaro Migliore. 

La trasmissione andrà in onda sulla Cnn il 9 dicembre 


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“Big Eurasia – 2027: Confrontation or Partnership”, Astana Club 13-14 November 2017

Franco Frattini attended the third meeting of the Astana Club

High-ranking politicians, former heads of state, diplomats and leading experts from 28 countries around the world will gather at the discussion platform at the Nazarbayev Center. 

The meeting discussed geopolitical, economic and technological trends that will shape the Eurasian space in the coming decade. Astana Club is an international discussion platform operating under the rules of the «Chatham House Rule» (the principle of “confidentiality”), whose goal is to develop a dialogue of the leading representatives of the expert and political community, discuss global trends and seek solutions to the most important problems affecting the world in general and the Eurasia region, in particular.

Astana club meetings are traditionally held in the Nazarbayev Center (in the building of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy in Astana). The organizers are: the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy and the Institute of the World Economy and Politics by the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy (IWEP). 

Partners: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).

ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Former presidents of European countries are set to participate in the third session of the Astana Club themed Big Eurasia-2027: Confrontation or Partnership, Kazinform reports. 

Serik Beisembayev, head of the domestic policy and social research program of the Institute of World Economics and Politics, told Kazinform correspondent that this year the Astana Club gathered not only experts, but also politicians, ex-presidents and foreign ministers. This, in his words, will lift the event to a brand new level. Participants are expected to discuss the most relevant political issues related to the development of Eurasian space, confrontation between the West and Russia (stricter sanctions) and how it will affect the entire continent, including the Central Asian region and Kazakhstan. 

Former President of Turkey Abdullah Gül, former President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus and former President of Slovenia Danilo Türk are expected to take part in the open panel session with political experts called EU-Big Eurasia: Vectors of Cooperation and Development. 

The 3rd Astana Club session will be traditionally held at Nazarbayev Center. In attendance at the event will be over 60 participants from 28 countries, including prominent politicians, ex-heads of state, diplomats and leading experts.

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Alberto Frattini e la Biblioteca del Moderno: Giornata di Studi al Liceo Mamiani

Alberto Frattini e la Biblioteca del Moderno 

Roma, 24 ottobre 2017 

Si è svolta oggi presso l’Aula Magna del Liceo T. Mamiani di Roma la giornata di studi in onore del Prof. Alberto Frattini.

Gli Studenti del Liceo hanno voluto ricordare il "Poeta Frattini" leggendo e interpretando alcune sue poesie.Il ricco patrimonio librario del poeta è stato donato alla Biblioteca del Liceo Mamiani e sarà consultabile dal pubblico tramite il servizio bibliotecario nazionale. 

Il Presidente Frattini, dopo una visita guidata dello storico Istituto a cura dei giovani liceali, ha incontrato gli studenti nell'Aula Magna per ricordare la vita intellettuale e gli insegnamenti del padre, professore universitario, poeta e scrittore, persona di grande umanità e rigore morale.

Interventi: Dott.ssa Tiziana Sallusti, Dirigente Scolastico Liceo Mamiani; Dr. Franco Frattini, Presidente della SIOI; Prof.ssa Novella Bellucci, Sapienza Università Roma; Prof.ssa A. De Angelis, Liceo Mamiani; Prof. Paolo Musu, IISS Cine TV Roberto Rossellini; Prof. Carmelo Princiotta, IIS Pertini Falcone.

Potente e originale la poetica di Alberto Frattini, caratterizzata dalla sfida dell’esistenza (“questa strana sfida alle ombre voraci del nulla”) vista dal punto di vista della modernità. Nato a Firenze il 29 marzo 1922, Alberto Frattini conseguì la libera docenza di Storia della letteratura e ha svolto una lunga e intensa carriera didattica, prestando insegnamento in numerose Scuole e Università in Italia e all’estero. Collaborò con alcuni dei principali quotidiani italiani, dal Messaggero all’Osservatore Romano, e fu per molti anni corrispondente per l’Italia del “Centre international d’études poétiques” di Bruxelles. Ma soprattutto fu un intellettuale entusiasta pronto a gettarsi nel fuoco della passione artistica. Fondò e condiresse la rivista “Poesia Nuova” (1955-1959) e il “Centro Studi di poesia italiana e straniera” (1961-1962) .

Tra le principali opere di Frattini (tradotte in varie lingue: dal francese al tedesco, dal greco allo spagnolo, dall’ungherese al russo) possiamo citare le raccolte poetiche Giorni e sogni (1950); Fioraia bambina (1953); Speranza e destino (1954); Come acqua alpina (1956); Salute nel miraggio (1965); Tra il nulla e l’amore (1969); Caro atomo (1977). Ha pubblicato numerose opere di critica su Dante, Foscolo, Manzoni e soprattutto Leopardi. 

Alberto Frattini ha lasciato tra le sue carte un memoriale incompiuto dal titolo Foresta di Giorni, che la sua famiglia pensato di rendere pubbliche per ricordare la straordinaria attività e la vitale energia dell’autore. Accanto alla reiterata attenzione per il tanto amato Leopardi, Frattini ha creduto nelle prospettive dei giovani poeti, di quelli animati dal vero fuoco interiore.

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Ricordo di Federico Caffè: Contributi in tema di Organizzazione e Cooperazione Internazionale

SIOI, 18 ottobre: Si è svolto ieri alla SIOI, il convegno in ricordo di Federico Caffè organizzato in collaborazione con la Facoltà di Economia dell'Università La Sapienza.
Hanno aperto i lavori il Presidente Franco Frattini, il Prof. Giuseppe Ciccarone, Preside della Facoltà di Economia, “Sapienza” Università di Roma e il Prof. Cesare Imbriani, Presidente del CdA di Telma Sapienza. Il Ministro Pier Carlo Padoan è intervenuto con una relazione sulla proiezione internazionale degli studi e del pensiero di Federico Caffè.

A seguire relazioni e contributi di Luciano Marcello Milone, “Sapienza” Università di Roma; Paolo Guerrieri, Senato della Repubblica; Beniamimo Quintieri, Presidente SACE; Pietro Sebastiani, Ambasciatore d’Italia presso la Santa Sede.

Il Governatore Ignazio Visco ha partecipato ai lavori del Convegno.

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"Global politics, their agenda and how to protect international peace?"

October 16th, 201

President Frattini and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a panel discussion titled 'Society and global politics'
President Frattini stressed on the importance of "not loosing our common identity in the today global chaos . Fundamental rights and human dignity are at a stake. The right integration is living together respecting laws, individual rights and all religions. We should continue all together a tireless fight against radicalism. Considering the today major threats your generation could run the risk of facing the war instead of living in peace and prosperity. We cannot allow this. Global players, in particular, Russia and USA have to cooperate on the most critical issues like the fight against terrorism, please say no to unilateral decisions, our colleagues in Washington might understand that what is decided in Washington does not stay in Washington but it influences everyone in the world"
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov enhanced in his remarks the importance of the festival which has convened thousands of young people from all over the world. "It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better and to agree on maintaining contact in the interests of trust and mutual understanding among nations. It is also a good opportunity to make up for what “adult” politicians have failed to achieve"  (Read the full remarks)

Russia was chosen as the location for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. Young representatives from different countries will meet in Sochi, where from 14 to 22 October 2017 this great youth event will be held. The World Festival of Youth and Students has been held since 1947. Twice - in 1957 and 1985 the event took place in Moscow. The festival in 1957 was the largest in the history of the festival, when in Moscow 34 thousand attended from 131 countries. The purpose of the festival is to bring together the youth of the world community around the idea of justice, the strengthening of international relations, and the development of inter-ethnic and intercultural relations.
This year, the main events will take part in Sochi’s Olympic Park and will bring together around 30,000 young people from more than 180 countries – the best representatives of the student community who achieved success in science, art, sports and politics.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given an official start to the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi.
He wished young people to be consistent and bold in their efforts towards their goals. "I am certain that young people of all countries, nationalities and faiths are united by common feelings and values, by their yearning for freedom, and their hope to achieve happiness, peace and accord on our planet. By a desire to create and achieve greater things. And we will make every effort to ensure you achieve success. The energy and talent of young adults possess astonishing power. Younger generations always bring innovative ideas to the world. You strive to try new things, engage in debate and display your ability to disagree with the status quo and how things are done. Be bold. Create your own future. Strive to change the world and make it a better place. It is all in your hands. Just be sure to never look back. Meanwhile, the festival brotherhood will certainly help you bring your boldest and best dreams and plans to life". (Read the full speach )

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SOCHI - XIX World Festival of Youth and Students

Franco Frattini and Sergey Lavrov speak at the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students

Global Politics, its Agenda: How to Protect International Peace”. 

Panel discussion “Society and World Politics” 

Speakers: Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia; Franco Frattini, President of the Institute of Eurasian Studies, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy (2002-2004 and 2008-2011); Leonid Drachevsky, Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund; Alexander Karelin, Member of the Committee for Energy of the State Duma. 

Moderator: Anatoly Torkunov, Rector of MGIMO under MFA of Russia, Member of RAS.

October 16, 2017

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Belgrade, October 11-13, 2017


Discussion Points: 

Rethinking Europe: What role for the Western Balkans? 

Stock-taking of the Berlin process: (How) Can the WB countries ensure substantial and sustainable benefits for their citizens? 

United in disillusionment – united in hope: How to reclaim the credibility of the enlargement process in the eyes of the citizens, both in the WB and the EU? 

In the aftermath of French and German elections: Is EUrope done with supporting Western Balkan “stabilocracies”? 


On the 60th anniversary of singing the Rome Treaties, Italy finds itself symbolically again in the role of a host of a European gathering, this time hosting the Western Balkan countries in Trieste. The idea of common European values coupled with hopes for peace and prosperity that mobilised the initial 6 countries in Rome in 1957, seems to have persevered its appeal for six decades, at least to those countries still aspiring to join the club. 
However, the faith in the European project of both (potential) candidate countries and the EU member states is continuously tested by crises, mounting disillusionment and growing populism. 
In the time of resurfacing nationalisms, inward-looking communities, estrangements and divisions throughout Europe, how can their relationship be strengthened? 
Amidst the ongoing process of rethinking the European Union and its future shape, along with burdensome Brexit negotiations, the enlargement policy is (still) falling outside of Brussels’ spotlight. 

In the light of the Rome Summit, the European Commission presented a White Paper on the Future of Europe outlining five scenarios for EU by 2025, while failing to refer to the enlargement and indicating “a vision for its own future at 27”. 

However, the EU continues to proclaim its unwavering political commitment to the European perspective of the WB region, at least through the Berlin process. 

Initiated by Germany in the centenary of the end of the First World War, it currently represents “the main regional cooperation mechanism keeping alive the EU accession perspective of the Western Balkan countries”. 

The Berlin process also brought an opportunity for a ‘double and parallel’ restart of the integration process, as well as a ‘faster EU track’ for the region uniting the WB countries by the common goal of joining the EU. Already half way through the envisaged five consecutive summits, it is time to recapitulate the progress in regard to goals and commitments made in its frame, and highlight the prospects and best ways to use its potentials for achieving concrete and tangible results in line with local, national and regional needs. 

The 2017 is also marked by crucial elections in a number of key member states – including Austria, the Netherlands, France and Germany. The vision of Europe and European future of these member states has been one of the key points of contention among the candidates. The elections reconfirmed citizens’ need for new political parties and movements offering fresh visions and energy. 
The presidential elections in Austria and France particularly marked a historical shift by bringing unprecedented victories to independent candidates, while crumbling the traditional centre left – centre right division of stale political parties and their worn-out discourses. 

A (symbolic) battle for the future of Europe between the populist right-wing nationalists and liberal pro-Europeans is under way. However, the effects of these elections on the EU enlargement policy and support for accession of the EB countries remain to be seen. 
Will the new, pro-European leaders bring a new outlook for the WB? The citizens of the Western Balkan countries share the mounting discontent with their European neighbours. The spring brought a wave of protests in Serbia, with citizens calling for the protection of democratic values and effective democratic institutions, along with disturbing instability in neighbouring Macedonia. 
Will the newly elected European leaders mark the end of Europe’s support to “stabilocrats”, hence proving to be consistent to proclaimed democratic values also outside their national countries? Despite the disillusionment and fear of globalisation, the answer for overcoming the challenges Europe is facing is in joint, decisive and substantial action towards shaping its common future, through education, research, innovation and connectivity. 

In the times of uncertainty, the WB countries have to (re)claim their place in Europe’s future as partners and contributors to common stability and prosperity.



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NEWS SPORT:SIGA pledges to unite stakeholders in fight against corruption and safeguard integrity in sports

SIGA pledges to unite stakeholders in fight against corruption and safeguard integrity in sports

Corruption continues to manifest its pernicious effects across our societies, tainting the institutions that many of us hold dear, and eroding integrity in too many sectors and industries. Sport is no exception.

The past few weeks has seen, again, the worst of sports’ dirty laundry been washed under the glare of the world’s media. Allegations of vote buying on an industrial scale have been matched by stories of international sports federations staging palace coups against their senior executives in an attempt to seek better governance. Sports fans around the world have been confronted with shocking headlines about corrupt administrators in the sport that they love, who now face potential jail sentences. 

Sport is in real danger of losing its credibility and trust by the very people it depends on – the public and the hundreds of millions of fans around the world. There has never been a greater need for sport to reform and better govern itself. The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) feels that the time for action is now. Change is necessary, and SIGA is committed to unite stakeholders and drive a cohesive plan of action, through dynamic collective strategies and strong partnerships, to safeguard the integrity of sport in the immediate future. 

Confidence in organisations like the IOC and FIFA is crucial in overcoming the current good governance problems the sports industry is faced with. We are ready to work with the IOC, FIFA and indeed all sports organisations, with the support of our diverse set of members, to anchor a new trust in sport and drive forward effective reforms for the entire sports community. 

SIGA, which is an independent and neutral coalition, has grown considerably since becoming a legal entity in January this year. SIGA now has over 100 members and supporters committed to SIGA’s Universal Standards on Good Governance, Financial Integrity and Sports Betting Integrity, and, at the most recent SIGA Sport Integrity Forum in Lisbon, renowned Italian judge and former Vice President of the European Commission Franco Frattini was appointed as the independent SIGA Chair.

With members coming from both inside and outside the sports industry, and from across sectors and industries, around the globe, SIGA is strategically positioned to unite all major stakeholders and drive reform in areas of governance and integrity. SIGA understands the fundamental challenges facing the integrity of sport and is committed to promoting the highest standards of fair play in the administration of sport, particularly in the areas of good governance, financial integrity and sports betting integrity. 

SIGA will continue to work towards creating a new era in sport, moving collectively to implement, across the community of sport, SIGA’s Core Principles for Sport Integrity and the corresponding Universal Standards. These Universal Standards are designed to advance the highest level of good governance in sporting organisations, underpinned by the guiding concepts of democracy, transparency, accountability and stakeholder representation. 

Whilst the current corruption taint has put sport in a desperate position, it also provides an important opportunity to usher in a new era of upholding integrity in sport, where all organisations are united behind the same common goal. Change is on the horizon. 

SIGA would welcome the prospect of working with the leading authorities in sport and anti-corruption. Through the development of SIGA, we will preserve the integrity of sport, safeguard its positive values and vital role for the benefit of all citizens and future generations, and reduce and eliminate the harmful impact that corruption poses to sport, and all communities.. 

There is simply no place for corruption in sport. We will work together to restore the trust

Franco Frattini, Presidente SIGA (Sport Integrity Global Alliance) 


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SIGA is an independent and neutral coalition of more than 80 international multi-industry supporters. It is the only organisation to bring together sport, governments, academia, international organisations, sponsors, business, rights holders, NGOs and professional services companies, from every region in the world, around a common cause of fostering greater integrity throughout sport. 

SIGA’s members and supporters include Mastercard, Deloitte, the European Professional Football Leagues, Dow Jones, PwC, the World Bank, the International Centre for Sport Security, the Basel Institute on Good Governance, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees, Special Olympics, the Spanish Football League, the Portuguese Olympic Committee, eSports, World Taekwondo, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and World Snooker.

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ONU: Partecipazione italiana al United Nations Youth Delegate Programme

ONU: Partecipazione italiana al United Nations Youth Delegate Programme

L'Italia partecipa da quest’anno al United Nations Youth Delegate Programme (UNYDP), che consentirà a due giovani italiani di prendere parte ai lavori della Terza Commissione dell’Assemblea Generale, competente per i diritti umani. 

Il programma, cui aderiscono 38 Paesi, prevede l’inclusione di giovani nelle attività delle missioni diplomatiche nazionali presso l’ONU. In Italia, lo UNYDP è promosso e organizzato dalla Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI) in collaborazione con il Ministero degli affari esteri e della cooperazione internazionale e il World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA);

I Delegati giovanili italiani selezionati per questa prima edizione del programma sono Giuseppina De Marco e Tommaso Murè, due talentuosi studenti universitari provenienti dall’Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna e dall’Università Roma Tre, partners del Programma insieme a Leonardo Spa.

Al loro rientro in Italia, i due giovani delegati incontreranno studenti di scuole superiori e università, rappresentanti di organizzazioni giovanili e studentesche per condividere la propria esperienza, promuovere le attività e il sistema ONU e presentare il Programma. Nella ferma convinzione dell’importanza di confrontarsi e dialogare con i giovani, fornendo loro gli strumenti necessari per potersi esprimere, la partecipazione dell’Italia al Programma Giovani Delegati delle Nazioni Unite si inserisce nell’azione del nostro Paese a sostegno del multilateralismo e della valorizzazione del ruolo che i giovani possono svolgere nella costruzione di società più inclusive e tolleranti.

Una grande opportunità per i giovani italiani ma anche per l’Italia che, dimostrandosi all’avanguardia nell’implementazione delle politiche delle Nazioni Unite sui giovani conferma il dinamismo e la responsabilità del nostro paese all’interno del sistema ONU”, dichiara il Presidente della SIOI ed ex Ministro degli Affari Esteri, Franco Frattini. 
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Consiglio di Stato: A Venezia confronto internazionale alte corti amministrative sul processo telematico



Si è appena concluso l’incontro annuale del board dell'AIHJA l'Associazione internazionale (nata nel 1983) che mette in Rete le Alte Corti Amministrative di ben 89 Paesi del mondo. 

Dopo 22 anni, l’incontro dell’AIHJA e il seminario internazionale sul Processo amministrativo telematico (PAT), al quale hanno partecipato delegazioni di giudici amministrativi provenienti da tutto il mondo, si è tenuto in Italia, nella sede internazionale dell’Università di Venezia (sull’Isola di San Servolo). 

Non avveniva dal 1995, data in cui si tenne a Roma il V Congresso. I giudici amministrativi delle Supreme Corti, provenienti da molti paesi d’Europa e dell’Africa, dalla Cina, dalla Thailandia, da Israele, dal Canada, dalla Corea e dal Cile, si sono confrontati sulle migliori pratiche organizzative in materia di informatizzazione della giustizia amministrativa. 

I dati italiani del PAT, presentati al consesso internazionale dal Segretario Generale della giustizia amministrativa Mario Torsello, parlano di “oltre 170 mila depositi tra ricorsi e documenti con soli 16 mila non andati a buon fine a causa di errori tecnici degli utenti, pari al 7 % del totale. Un successo, considerato che questa innovazione è partita dal 1° gennaio di quest’anno, introducendo una digitalizzazione pressoché totale degli atti processuali che dà valore legale ai soli atti digitali”. 

Dal raffronto dei dati sul PAT presentati a Venezia emerge che è la Finlandia, con l’85%, ad avvicinarsi al Paese più virtuoso, ovvero all’Italia, che vanta il 100% dei ricorsi presentati telematicamente; segue la Francia con il 60% in primo grado, il 90% in secondo grado e il 70% in ultimo grado. La Repubblica Ceca si attesta al 33%, l’Austria al 20%, il Messico all’1,07% e la Svizzera solo allo 0,5%. 

Il Presidente del Consiglio di Stato Alessandro Pajno ha espresso soddisfazione per la sempre maggiore digitalizzazione del processo “che connota sempre di più la giustizia amministrativa come servizio pubblico ai cittadini, con un impatto positivo sulla società civile e sull’economia”. “Il nostro processo di digitalizzazione – prosegue Pajno – ha posto la Giustizia amministrativa italiana all’avanguardia nel panorama mondiale, come emerso oggi dal confronto con gli omologhi di tutto il mondo”. 

Per l’ex Ministro Franco Frattini, che rappresenta il Consiglio di Stato nel consiglio di amministrazione dell’AIHJA “la trasformazione del processo amministrativo in un processo telematico produce molteplici benefici: riduce i costi e migliora l’accesso alle informazioni; rende in generale più rapido, efficiente e trasparente il sistema”. 

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#GermaniaVota 24 settembre: Notte elettorale

Ambasciata della Repubblica Federale di Germania a Roma

24 settembre: Notte elettorale

Alle 19.30 Franco Frattini interviene a #GermaniaVota  per parlare della prospettiva internazionale.

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MEDIA: Franco Frattini 's interview with Going Underground

MEDIA: Franco Frattini 's interview with Going Underground 
Frattini speaks about Brexit, on Libya and the refugee crisis, & why ISIS is the new One Direction

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