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Italian Constitutional Referendum: What to expect?

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has called for a historical referendum on 4th December 2016. He hopes for more stable governance of the Republic which have prompted him to place his ministerial calling on the betting table. An air of uneasiness has descended upon the Italian political landscape in the days ahead of the referendum.

On the 21st of November, EuroCham welcomed Senator Benedetto Della Vedova, Italian Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. Mr. Della Vedova was formerly a member of the European Parliament and a senior member of the Italian Parliament.

In the discussion, Mr. Della Vedova addressed key elements of the proposed constitutional reforms and shared his opinion and expert knowledge on the impacts of the referendum moving forward.


Welcome remarks

H.E. Dr. Michael Pulch, Head of the EU Delegation to Singapore


Senator Della Vedova, Italian Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

Q&A Session

Moderated by Mr. Antonio de Lecea, PhD, European Union Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (NUS)

About Mr. Della Vedova

As Undersecretary of State at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation since February 2014, in the Government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Benedetto’s portfolio includes relations with Asia-Pacific countries, Canada and Mexico, supporting the internationalization of Italian companies, and economic and financial matters related to the G8 and the G20.

Benedetto is a member of the Italian Senate, elected in 2013 with the party founded by former Prime Minister Mario Monti, Scelta Civica. He has a longstanding career as MP both in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, from 2006 to 2013, elected with the Party of Freedom, and as a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, elected with the Emma Bonino List. During his tenure in Strasbourg, Benedetto was a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and also a member of the Delegation for relations with countries of South Asia and the SAARC.

Benedetto was also a government-appointed Counsellor at the National Council on Economy and Labour of Italy, CNEL, in 2005-2006.

As a commentator on political and economic affairs, Benedetto has been a contributor to Italy’s major economic national newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore and to the Corriere della Sera. He conducts radio programs on Radio Radicale and is a regular commentator for Strade magazine.

A member of the Transnational Radical Party since 1992, he is a staunch advocate of human rights and fundamental freedoms, of the abolition of the capital punishment, of free market and the European Union. He recently promoted a bill in the Italian Parliament on the legalization of cannabis which is co-sponsored by a vast cross-party group of Italian MPs.

He was researcher at the Bocconi Institute for economics of energy sources, IEFE (1987-1990), and at Lombardy’s Research Institute, IRER (1990-1996), as well as Assistant professor for Economics and Agricultural Policies at Università Cattolica, Milan, from 1990 to 1995.

Benedetto has a degree in Economics at Bocconi University, Milan.

*Please note that this event is strictly for EuroCham Members and The Italian Chamber of Commerce (ICCS) Members only.