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  • Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the Bocconi University
    Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the Bocconi University

    Milan, April 21, 2016 -- [...] I know that for many of you, a big decision will be where you wish to begin your careers and whether you will find the opportunities you seek here in Italy. I can bet that for many of you, the pull of your marvelous country – your family and friends – is strong. Italy has nearly everything anyone could dream of, but many of you may have doubts about whether you will find the necessary opportunities here to begin and advance your careers.  

  • Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at Sixth Salone della Giustizia
    Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at Sixth Salone della Giustizia

    Rome, April 19, 2016 -- [...] Last year, I had the privilege to speak at the Salone della Giustizia and talk about the intersection of law and business. Part of that speech focused on civil justice reform. Just this week, I had dinner with lawyers and judges to discuss the progress Italy has made, and is continuing to make, in this area. On Thursday, I will speak with students at Bocconi University in Milan about the link between civil justice reform and Italy’s ability to continue to attract foreign direct investment.  

  • Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the First Ivory Crush in Italy
    Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the First Ivory Crush in Italy

    Rome, March 31, 2016 -- [...] Today’s event is an historic and symbolic demonstration that Italy stands with the United States and many other countries in halting the traffic of our most endangered and precious species. • Wildlife trafficking is one of the most lucrative types of transnational organized crime today. Annual revenues total as much as $10 billion.  

  • Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the opening ceremony for SIOI’s Master’s degree program on Arctic Studies
    Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the opening ceremony for SIOI’s Master’s degree program on Arctic Studies

    Rome, February 29, 2016 -- Thank you President Frattini for inviting me to speak here today. I would like to thank Minister of Environment Galletti, and Ambassador Franchini (Frank-eene) Senior Arctic Official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as Senator Rutelli, who currently chairs a prominent think tank focused on climate change and environmental issues. The leadership you’ve demonstrated has placed Arctic issues on Italy’s national agenda and made this new Master’s program possible.  

  • Ambassador John Phillips Remarks at “From Basic Science to Commercialization: How Research Drives Innovation” Open Forum

    Rome, January 14, 2016 -- [...]This morning the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the 12th Joint Commission Meeting, an important pillar of our bilateral science and technology relationship. Over the past two years, numerous research agencies from the United States and Italy have forged closer cooperation in areas ranging from high energy physics to research for cultural heritage. 

  • Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the Tenth Anniversary of COESPU
    Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the Tenth Anniversary of COESPU

    Vicenza, December 1, 2015 -- Madame Minister, General Graziano, Ambassadors, and distinguished representatives, good morning. Allow me to congratulate Italy on marking 10 years of successful leadership of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units. The center has trained over 5,000 police and helped bridge the critical gap between individual civilian police and military peacekeepers.  

  • NIAF Seminar on "Innovation through Regulation"
    NIAF Seminar on "Innovation through Regulation"

    November 12, 2015 -- Good morning. Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts on the important topic of “How legal reforms can strengthen the economic cooperation between the United States and Italy.” The panel discussions later today will tackle this vital topic in-depth. This is a theme I have focused on during my time as U.S. Ambassador to Italy because I believe that if Italy can get this right it will be of great benefit to Italian and American companies and consumers.  

  • Remarks by Ambassador John Phillips on the Occasion of the signing of the FATCA with the Republic of San Marino
    Remarks by Ambassador John Phillips on the Occasion of the signing of the FATCA with the Republic of San Marino

    San Marino, October 28, 2015 -- I am pleased to be here for the signing of the agreement implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. This is another milestone for a relationship that has endured for many, many decades. I would like to thank in particular Finance Minister Capicchioni and Foreign Minister Valentini for their warm welcome; and thank you to all of you for your longstanding friendship with the United States.  

  • Showcasing Innovation and Economic Reform Roundtable
    Showcasing Innovation and Economic Reform Roundtable

    October 8, 2015 -- Good afternoon. One of the many perks of this job has been the opportunity to travel widely in Italy. I have had the chance to meet many people and to see many of Italy’s treasures. One of the things by which I have been most impressed is the high level of intellectual capital that exists in this country. There is just no other way to say it: Italy has talent. Lots of it.  

  • Ambassador Remarks to the Magna Carta Foundation  “Summer School 2015”
    Ambassador Remarks to the Magna Carta Foundation “Summer School 2015”

    Frascati, September 8, 2015 -- Buona sera a tutti! It’s so lovely to be in Frascati on this late summer afternoon. Thank you very much Onorevole Paolo Alli for that kind introduction. And thank you very much Senator Quagliariello for your invitation to speak to this fine group of students today. The Magna Carta Foundation is a vital voice in support of liberal democratic values, and of a strong transatlantic alliance. 

  • Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at Independence Day Celebration
    Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at Independence Day Celebration

    Rome, July 2, 2015, Villa Taverna -- Ladies and gentlemen, this event is one of the highlights of the year for all of us at Embassy Rome. This is my second opportunity to speak at our annual July 4th event. The one comment that I heard most often about my speech last year was that it was way too long – imagine that -- so this year I promise to be mercifully short! First, let me thank you all for coming and welcome once again to Villa Taverna. 

  • Ambassador John Phillips inaugurates “Dinner with Jackson Pollock - Ricette, Arte & Natura” at the Vittoriano in Rome
    Ambassador John Phillips inaugurates “Dinner with Jackson Pollock - Ricette, Arte & Natura” at the Vittoriano in Rome

    Rome, May 27, 2015 -- [...] This is a special opportunity to demonstrate an important aspect of American culture: food, an issue which is of particular interest to all of the countries participating in Milan EXPO. With currently over 7 billion people populate our small planet, and food security – along with the issue of the ways we can feed the planet now and in the future – is one of the most pressing issues we face today. 

  • Repatriation Ceremony, Remarks by Ambassador John R. Phillips
    Repatriation Ceremony, Remarks by Ambassador John R. Phillips

    Rome, May 26, 2015 -- They are accompanied by members of their respective offices. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mike Unzueta, our Homeland Security Investigations attaché and the members of his staff for their excellent cooperation with our Italian colleagues.  

  • Ambassador John R. Phillips at the Memorial Day Commemoration 2015, Florence
    Ambassador John R. Phillips at the Memorial Day Commemoration 2015, Florence

    Florence, May 25, 2015 -- Prime Minister Renzi, Ministers, veterans, ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply honored to be here again this year. I am particularly pleased that Prime Minister Renzi joins us here today as we pay tribute to those brave Americans who lie in eternal repose on Italian soil on this Memorial Day.  

  • Ambassador John Phillips  2015 Commencement Speech at John Cabot University
    Ambassador John Phillips 2015 Commencement Speech at John Cabot University

    Rome, May 18, 2015 -- President Pavoncello, trustees and faculty, Ms. Maraini, distinguished guests, and especially members of the 2015 graduating class of John Cabot University: it is an honor to be invited to speak to you on this special occasion here at the beautiful and historic Villa Aurelia, a place close to my heart after the years I spent on the board of the American Academy.  

  • Ambassador Phillips Remarks at Komen Reception
    Ambassador Phillips Remarks at Komen Reception

    Rome, May 14, 2015 -- I want to welcome everyone to the reception this evening as we prepare to kick off this weekend’s Race for the Cure. This continues to be an incredible event here in Rome. Last year, in Italy, 70,000 people turned out to raise money to support breast cancer patients.  

  • Press Conference at Opening of Venice Biennale, Remarks by Ambassador's Phillips
    Press Conference at Opening of Venice Biennale, Remarks by Ambassador's Phillips

    Venice, May 7, 2015 -- [...] This event has rightly come to be considered the most important contemporary art exhibition in the world. I am proud that American artists have had a large role, and made a profound impact at the Biennale. The very first Biennale, in 1895, featured the work of American painter Winslow Homer.  

  • USA Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015
    Science and Innovation: The United States Response to Hunger

    April 29, 2015 -- In 2 days the world will gather in Milan for a global conversation about feeding the nine billion people who will live on our planet by the year 2050.  

  • Ambassador’s Participation at  Fifth Salone Della Giustizia Panel on “Justice and Business”
    Ambassador’s Participation at Fifth Salone Della Giustizia Panel on “Justice and Business”

    Rome, April 29, 2015 -- [...]I am honored to be at the same table today with Minister of Economic Development Guidi, Judge Marvasi from Lazio’s commercial court, and the past vice-president of the Council of Magistrates Vietti, Commercial Judge Catallozzi, and attorney Lucio Ghia. All play such important roles in promoting justice in Italy and business and investment here.  

  • A Violin Enchants Villa Taverna
    A Violin Enchants Villa Taverna

    Rome, March 31, 2015 -- The return of American violinist Robert McDuffie to Villa Taverna, the historic residence of U.S. Ambassadors to Italy, was a genuine triumph. In front of an enthusiastic audience on March 31, Mr. McDuffie, accompanied by pianist Elena Matteucci performed music by Kreisler, Williams, Copland and Gershwin.  

  • Ambassador and Assistant Secretary Launch BEST Entrepreneurial Experience Project
    Ambassador and Assistant Secretary Launch BEST Entrepreneurial Experience Project

    Rome, March 19, 2015 -- On March 19, the U.S. Ambassador John Phillips and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, together with alumni of the Business Exchange and Student Training (BEST) program, launched the BEST Entrepreneurial Experience project at the U.S. Embassy in Rome. 

  • Condolence Message for the Tunis Terrorist Attack

    Rome, March 19, 2015 -- The U.S. Ambassador to Italy John R. Phillips and the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Italy extend our deepest sympathy to those who were injured and the families who lost loved ones in the deadly terrorist attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis.  

  • Ambassador Phillips’ Remarks at Global Entrepreneurship Congress
    Ambassador Phillips’ Remarks at Global Entrepreneurship Congress

    Milan, March 18, 2015 -- Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to be here at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and want to take this opportunity to congratulate the organizers, and the members of the various delegations that have traveled from all over the world to be here today. You all deserve recognition for your commitment to promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation globally.  

  • Elizabeth McKay Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Kickoff Event for the National Campaign Against Cyberbullying
    Elizabeth McKay Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Kickoff Event for the National Campaign Against Cyberbullying

    March 9, 2015 -- [...] Thank you for inviting us to be a part of this initiative by the Italian Observatory against Cyberbullying and Doping. I am very pleased to join so many champions and celebrities who are actively involved in this campaign to promote and build resilience in youth through a culture of sports. As part of the effort, the U.S. Embassy hopes to bring National Basketball Association champion Alex English to Rome in May for the international Day Against Cyberbullying. 

  • Ambassador John Phillips on Justice Reform
    Ambassador John Phillips on Justice Reform

    Pisa, February 26, 2015 -- Buon giorno! Thank you, Rector Perata and Professor De Guttry, for that kind introduction. I am delighted to finally visit Pisa – although I have visited Pisa several times before this is my first time as the United States Ambassador to Italy. Thank you to Sant’Anna and the University of Pisa for your warm, Italian hospitality, which I have come to know all over this great country.  

  • Ambassador's Remarks “On the Trail of the Glaciers”
    Ambassador's Remarks “On the Trail of the Glaciers”

    Rome, January 29, 2015 -- There are many reasons why this Embassy has decided to give a contribution to this comprehensive project, obviously the research was carried out in the U.S., Alaska, but it undoubtedly encompasses scientific and educational values. “On the Trail of the Glaciers,” in fact is a multifaceted project that began in July 2013 with the expedition to Alaska [...] 

  • Music Industry Award Ceremony Remarks of Ambassador Phillips
    Music Industry Award Ceremony Remarks of Ambassador Phillips

    Rome, January 28, 2015 -- Thank you all for being here today. In particular, thank you, General Capolupo, for having taken the time to attend this ceremony. Your presence here today is testimony of the invaluable collaboration that exists between Italian and U.S. law enforcement agencies, as well as a concrete sign that the Guardia di Finanza understands the value of -- and is committed to -- the protection of Intellectual Property.  

  • Ambassador John Phillips Remarks  BEST Program 2015-2016 Presentation
    Ambassador John Phillips Remarks BEST Program 2015-2016 Presentation

    Rome, January 26, 2015 -- Honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to join you here today to launch the new round of the 2015-2016 Business Exchange and Student Training Program, better known as BEST, which the United States Embassy has supported since its inception. I would like to begin by thanking Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for joining us today. 

  • State of the Union 2015
    State of the Union 2015

    Washington D.C., January 20, 2015 -- [...] We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.  

  • Hollywood Star Robert De Niro, Jr. Remembers His Father at Villa Taverna
    Hollywood Star Robert De Niro, Jr. Remembers His Father at Villa Taverna

    Rome, November 16, 2014 -- Ambassador John R. Phillips and his wife, Ms. Linda Douglass, hosted an evening in honor of American actor Robert De Niro, Jr. at their residence, Villa Taverna. The occasion was to present a documentary on the life and artwork of Mr. De Niro’s father called Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. and present two paintings by Robert De Niro, Sr. - Woman Seated in a Green Chair (1966) and Women of Algiers (1968). 

  • Remarks on "Resources Exploitation and Eco-Sustainability of the Arctic Region" by Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs Katherine Hadda
    Remarks on "Resources Exploitation and Eco-Sustainability of the Arctic Region" by Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs Katherine Hadda

    Rome, October 31, 2014 -- Good morning. I am honored to have been invited here to speak with you this morning. America became an Arctic nation in 1867 when then-Secretary of State William Seward engineered the purchase of the Alaska Territory from Russia. Today, the Arctic is home to over 50,000 Americans, many of whose ancestors learned to survive and thrive in the harsh environment thousands of years ago.  

  • Remarks by the U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the Life Sciences Conference
    Remarks by the U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the Life Sciences Conference

    Rome, October 22, 2014 -- Good morning. Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Minister Lorenzin, Minister Guidi, it is a pleasure for me to welcome you to this conference on the future of the life sciences industry. I would like to thank the distinguished speakers who graciously accepted my invitation to participate despite their busy schedules. 

  • "Slavery Never Ends: Redefining Policy in the Fight against Trafficking in Persons" Ambassador’s Remarks
    "Slavery Never Ends: Redefining Policy in the Fight against Trafficking in Persons" Ambassador’s Remarks

    Rome, October 21, 2014 -- [...] I’d like to thank in particular the Centro’s Director, Guiseppe Procaccini, and Pino Gulìa, Vice President of “Slaves No More.” The Center has worked on important issues for many years, and I am glad that you are now partnering with Slaves No More to address this terrible scourge of human trafficking. 

  • Ambassador John Phillips Remarks “Newspapers in the Classroom”
    Ambassador John Phillips Remarks “Newspapers in the Classroom”

    Florence, October 20, 2014 -- I would like to begin by telling you a little bit about myself. My grandfather, Angelo Filippi, immigrated to America from Italy over 100 years ago. I think he would be proud to know that his grandson has returned to represent his adopted country in the great nation where he was born: Italia 

  • Remarks by Ambassador Michael Froman: “Dialogue on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”

    Rome, October 14, 2014 -- “Let me also recognize and tribute Mr Gucht, whose service to his mission and his country over the last several years and decades have really distinguished him as a leader in Europe, and as his day comes to an end soon, I am enormously grateful for our partnership.  

  • PAO Elizabeth McKay Remarks at the Press Conference on Coding Girls
    PAO Elizabeth McKay Remarks at the Press Conference on Coding Girls

    Rome, October 14, 2014 -- Sono particolarmente lieta di condividere questo panel con le istituzioni e i partner che hanno contribuito a realizzare il progetto Coding Girls, di cui vi parliamo oggi. Desidero ringraziare la consigliera Donatella Solda-Kutzmann del Ministero dell’Università, Istruzione e Ricerca e l’Assessore Marta Leonori per Roma Produttiva [...] 

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