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  • 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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  • U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the Wilson Center Alumni Conference
    U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the Wilson Center Alumni Conference

    Rome, October 10, 2014 -- Chairman De Gennaro, thank you for the introduction, and for kindly inviting me to say a few words. Thank you also to the Center for American Studies for hosting this annual gathering of alumni of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.  

  • NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Meets with ASI President Roberto Battiston
    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Meets with ASI President Roberto Battiston

    Rome, October 7, 2014 -- At their first bilateral meeting in Rome, Italy on Oct. 7, 2014, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. and Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) President Roberto Battiston reviewed the status of bilateral cooperation between the two space agencies.  

  • Remarks by the U.S. Ambassador John R. Phillips during his trip to Friuli
    Remarks by the U.S. Ambassador John R. Phillips during his trip to Friuli

    October 5, 2014 -- In 1902, my great grandfather Luigi Colussi from Poffabro made a fateful decision to move his family to America where a new industrial revolution was underway creating labor shortages in the United States but also job opportunities for those in Europe (and Italy) who couldn’t find work here at home. 

  • "Discovered Invented and Made" in Rome at Maker Faire
    "Discovered Invented and Made" in Rome at Maker Faire

    Rome, October 2, 2014 -- With the Let's Make conference, the EU edition of the Maker Faire in Rome launched on October 2 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. For the second year, the U.S. Embassy is collaborating with the organizers of Maker Faire to reinforce the Administration's message in support of innovation and youth. 

  • Remarks by Ambassador John R. Phillips Eid al-Adha Reception
    Remarks by Ambassador John R. Phillips Eid al-Adha Reception

    Rome, October 1, 2014 -- Good evening and welcome to Villa Taverna. It is a great pleasure for me to have you here tonight and to celebrate this Eid with the Muslim community of Rome. In a few days, many of you will celebrate Eid al-Adha, a day when Muslims around the world commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God and the historical end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.  

  • Ambassador John R. Phillips Remarks for the groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015
    Ambassador John R. Phillips Remarks for the groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015

    Milan, July 16, 2014 -- [...] Today’s groundbreaking is the culmination of the first part of the United States’ commitment to Milan Expo 2015. Starting with President Obama’s promise last March, and with the choice of the Friends of the USA Pavilion to oversee our efforts, and now the official handover of this lot to the United States, we are on our way to creating a USA Pavilion that will showcase our country’s innovation and make a profound contribution towards the Expo’s critically important goal of “Feeding the Planet.” 

  • Ambassador Phillips’ Fourth of July Remarks
    Ambassador Phillips’ Fourth of July Remarks

    Rome, July 3, 2014 -- Good evening and welcome to Villa Taverna. We are here to celebrate the birth of America 238 years ago on July 4, 1776. On that date, after months of debate in Philadelphia and after a year of fighting with the British, the Continental Congress consisting of 56 colonists representing 13 colonies made the momentous decision to vote to sever the ties with the Crown of England, the Mother Country.  

  • “The United States, Italy, and European Security” U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet
    “The United States, Italy, and European Security” U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet

    Rome, June 6, 2014 -- I am pleased to be back in Rome at the Montecitorio Meeting Centre. I would like to thank Mr. Paolo Messa and the Embassy for organizing this event, and thank you all for joining me today. Sixty-five years after NATO’s founding, its members have the opportunity to revitalize the Alliance. 

  • U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the Memorial Day 2014
    U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the Memorial Day 2014

    Florence, May 26, 2014 -- Minister Rossi, Rear Admiral Sadler, ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply honored to be here. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and the 70th anniversary of the Italian campaign, today’s Memorial Day event is an especially solemn occasion. 

  • 21st Century American Spaces: Innovation, Learning and Entrepreneurship
    21st Century American Spaces: Innovation, Learning and Entrepreneurship

    Pistoia, May 19-21, 2014 -- This week, YouLab Pistoia: An American Corner, located at the Biblioteca San Giorgio in Pistoia, is hosting a group of 40 American Spaces coordinators from southern, eastern and central Europe at a workshop entitled "21st Century American Spaces: Innovation, Learning and Entrepreneurship." Participants from a total of 16 European countries from Azerbaijan to Portugal have come together to learn new ways to reach their communities.  

  • "Current Regional Crises and Italian/European Foreign Policy Response", Remarks by DCM Kathleen Doherty
    "Current Regional Crises and Italian/European Foreign Policy Response", Remarks by DCM Kathleen Doherty

    Rome, April 15, 2014 -- Thank you. I’m delighted to be here this evening and to join in such a timely and fascinating discussion. Italy remains one of our most valued and strategic security partners, on issues ranging from the Mediterranean to the Former Soviet Union.  

  • Ambassador Phillips Remarks for “Smart Cities”
    Ambassador Phillips Remarks for “Smart Cities”

    April 4, 2014 -- [...] A Smart City is no longer an afterthought or something for cyber geeks. Most people in the world are now living in cities. To meet the challenges that this epic change presents, cities around the world will have to reinvent themselves. 

  • Ambassador’s Remarks at Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) Reception
    Ambassador’s Remarks at Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) Reception

    Rome, April 3, 2014 -- [...] At last week’s Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Prime Minister Renzi and President Obama announced the successful completion of our joint efforts under the U.S. Global Threat Reduction Initiative to remove excess highly enriched uranium and separated plutonium from Italy. 

  • Ambassador John Phillips Remarks for Notre Dame Forum Reception
    Ambassador John Phillips Remarks for Notre Dame Forum Reception

    Rome, April 2, 2014 -- Good evening and thank you for this opportunity to congratulate Professor Krupali Krusche, her team and the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activity for their collaboration on this exciting project. I would like to give a special welcome to all of my American compatriots. 

  • U.S.-Italy Asset Sharing Ceremony
    U.S.-Italy Asset Sharing Ceremony

    Rome, April 1, 2014 -- During a ceremony yesterday at U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy received a check for 1.5 million dollars from U.S. authorities deriving from assets seized during the joint Italian-U.S. operation ‘Fire and Ice’ – a drug trafficking and money-laundering investigation that lasted several years.  

  • Opening Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at Amway Entrepreneurship Event
    Opening Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at Amway Entrepreneurship Event

    Rome, March 20, 2014 -- Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an honor to have you here, and I am delighted to host this roundtable. We are here to discuss the findings from Amway’s 2013 entrepreneurship report and explore how policy makers can support, encourage and empower entrepreneurs to turn their visions into reality.  

  • Global Equality Fund
    Global Equality Fund

    March 2014 -- The U.S. Embassy in Italy is pleased to announce the availability of a funding opportunity through the Secretary’s Global Equality Fund. It aims to protect the Human Rights of LGBT Persons through supporting the work of local civil society organizations working on LGBT issues.  

  • Intervento dell'Ambasciatore Phillips al Consiglio Direttivo Piccola Industria di Confindustria
    Intervento dell'Ambasciatore Phillips al Consiglio Direttivo Piccola Industria di Confindustria

    Rome, February 27, 2014 -- I am delighted to be here today. As some of you may know, I moved to Italy in September in my current capacity as U.S. Ambassador, but I have been to Italy more than 50 times in the past decade. Moving here felt very much like I was coming home.  

  • The U.S. Embassy Consular Section at Rome’s Salvation Army Center for Consular Leadership Day
    The U.S. Embassy Consular Section at Rome’s Salvation Army Center for Consular Leadership Day

    Rome, February 26, 2014 -- The Consular Section, U.S. Embassy Rome participated in Consular Leadership Day on February 26 at the Salvation Army Center located Via Apuli in Rome. This was an expression of thanks to the Salvation Army for the tremendous assistance they have provided to American citizens in need over the years. 

  • Condolence Message for the John Durkin Family

    Rome, February 22, 2014 -- The U.S. Embassy extends its condolences to the family of John Durkin, an American student participating in a study abroad program in Rome. 

  • Ambassador Phillips and U.S. Military Recognize Four Italian Officers in Award Ceremony
    Ambassador Phillips and U.S. Military Recognize Four Italian Officers in Award Ceremony

    Rome, 30 January 2014 -- Today Ambassador Phillips honored four Italian military officers for their contribution to our collective security and defense cooperation. This ceremony recognized the significant contributions of these Italian officers to U.S.-Italian relations.  

  • Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at Centro Studi Americani
    Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at Centro Studi Americani

    Rome, January 27, 2014 -- Thank you very much Giovanni for welcoming me and my wife here tonight. I am so impressed that we have this organization right here in Rome dedicated to the study of the United States. Italy and the United States have had such a close and enduring relationship over many, many years.  

  • Ambassadors of Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States Welcome Partnering with Italy in the International Effort to Dispose of Syrian Chemical Weapons

    January 24, 2014 -- Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States welcome the opportunity to partner with Italy in the international effort to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.  

  • Remarks by Ambassador John R. Phillips at the 70th Anniversary of the Allied Landing at Anzio
    Remarks by Ambassador John R. Phillips at the 70th Anniversary of the Allied Landing at Anzio

    Anzio-Nettuno, January 22, 2014 -- Dr. Chiavetta, Mr. Bruschini, Ms. Young, thank you for joining us today as we pay solemn tribute to fallen heroes. I am deeply honored to be here. This is my first visit to Nettuno. This morning’s wreath-laying ceremony at X-Ray Beach was a deeply moving event.  

  • Ambassador Phillips Remarks for FATCA Signing Ceremony
    Ambassador Phillips Remarks for FATCA Signing Ceremony

    January 10, 2014 -- I am pleased to be here for the signing of the agreement implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act with Minister Saccomanni. We welcome Italy’s commitment to intensifying our cooperation to improve international tax compliance.  

  • Statement from Robert Stack, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs

    January 10, 2014 -- “Today’s announcement is another important step forward in the fight against international tax evasion, and underscores FATCA’s growing momentum and international support,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs Robert B. Stack. 

  • Ambassador Phillips at an award ceremony to recognize the brave Italian men and women who help to protect the U.S. Embassy Rome
    Ambassador Phillips at an award ceremony to recognize the brave Italian men and women who help to protect the U.S. Embassy Rome

     

  • The U.S. Embassy in Rome
    Italian Regulator Approves IPR Online Protection Regulation. Complimenti!

    December 2013 -- We wish to congratulate Italy, in particular the Italian Communications Regulator AGCOM, on the December 12th approval of regulation to combat online piracy. This is a tremendous achievement, which will benefit both our countries. The Italian and the U.S. content industry have lost billions to copyright piracy online over the years.  

  • Transatlantic Awards Gala Dinner hosted by American Chamber of Commerce
    Transatlantic Awards Gala Dinner hosted by American Chamber of Commerce

    Milan, December 2, 2013 -- Thank you, Vittorio, Simone, and all the members of the AmCham Board. Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to accept the invitation to become honorary president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy. Tonight I want to share with you my vision of the crucial importance of business and commerce in Italian-American relations.  

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Ambassador Phillips and Ms. Douglass
    Happy Thanksgiving from Ambassador Phillips and Ms. Douglass

    November 2013 -- Thanksgiving is a uniquely American tradition. It began with the Pilgrims who had endured a brutal journey from England to America to begin new lives in what they called the New World. In November 1621, a year later, they held a feast —giving thanks for the harvest and for the generosity of their Native American neighbors who showed them how to plant the crops, that enabled them to survive their first harsh winter.  

  • U.S. participates in MUOS discussion

    November 20, 2013 -- The U.S. government was pleased to participate in a technical meeting with Italian officials that was held November 20 at the Italian Air Base at Sigonella and the MUOS site in Niscemi. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss development of a monitoring system for the MUOS site in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Defense.  

  • Ambassador John Phillips at the opening of "Freedom Fighters" Exhibit
    Ambassador John Phillips at the opening of "Freedom Fighters" Exhibit

    Rome, October 24, 2013 -- First, let me congratulate and thank Kerry Kennedy for this gift from another time that speaks to us in timeless ways. The brief remarks I prepared for tonight are focused on John and Robert Kennedy and their struggle for civil right, the title of the exhibit. 

  • U.S. Ambassador John R. Phillips met Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta
    U.S. Ambassador John R. Phillips met Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta

    Rome, October 3, 2013 -- After presenting the Letter of Credence to President Napolitano, the U.S. Ambassador John R. Phillips met the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.  

  • The Ambassador John R. Phillips meets President Giorgio Napolitano during the presentation of his Letter of Credence
    The Ambassador John R. Phillips meets President Giorgio Napolitano during the presentation of his Letter of Credence

    Rome, October 2, 2013 -- The U.S. Ambassador to Italy, John R. Phillips met President Giorgio Napolitano during the presentation of his Letter of Credence  

  • Statement by Ambassador Designate John Phillips
    Statement by Ambassador Designate John Phillips

    Rome, September 13, 2013 -- [...] Over the past four decades, my wife Linda Douglass and I have been to Italy many, many times. We have come back again and again, not just because of the beauty of your land or its extraordinary history. 

  • DHS Acting Secretary Rand Beers
    DHS Acting Secretary Rand Beers presents the AMVER Award

    Rome, September 12, 2013 -- The Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Rand Beers presents the AMVER Award to two Italian maritime companies. AMVER (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System). 

  • September 11 Commemoration in Rome
    September 11 Commemoration in Rome

    Rome, September 11, 2013 -- A wreath-laying ceremony presided by Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino was hosted today at the Twin Towner monument at Piazzale di Porta Capena, between the FAO headquarters and the Circus Maximus.