On 10 January, 2014, Sen. Stefania Giannini - newly elected Head of the Italian Parliamentary Delegation to the CEI Parliamentary Assembly - visited the CEI headquarters to start up a new active phase of the Parliamentary Dimension of the Organisation.

Sen. Giannini met with CEI Secretary General, Ambassador Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri who, together with his staff, outlined the structure and activities of the CEI taking as a reference point the CEI Plan of  Action 2014-2016, approved last December by the Heads of Government of the 18 CEI Member States. She was accompanied by two members of the Italian Delegation elected in the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Sen. Lodovico Sonego and Hon. Tamara Blažina.

During the gathering, Giannini stressed her commitment to focus on three priority areas, namely  infrastructure, entrepreneurship as well as training and research. These topics will also be at the top of the agenda to be tabled to the Italian Government in view of this year’s Italian semester of EU Presidency. Giannini also explained that she would like the CEI to become an opportunity not only for European integration, but also for fostering mobility, development and good relations between neighboring countries.

Representatives of the academic, scientific and economic communities were also invited to the meeting and had the chance to introduce their institutions and activities to Sen. Giannini. In particular, the representatives of the scientific institutions, which are actively involved in the CEI S&T Network, outlined priorities and opportunities for future cooperation with the CEI.
 
Before her visit to the CEI HQ, Sen. Giannini met the President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Debora Serracchiani. Giannini pointed out that a ''zero-bureaucracy zone'' in Italy's Friuli Venezia Giulia region to remove trade obstacles could be taken into account. She also stressed that stronger cooperation relations  between universities and the business sector were crucial. Serracchiani expressed a willingness to establish closer cooperation with the CEI Parliamentary Delegation, taking into account that the Region was internationally oriented towards the member countries of the CEI.      

 
From left: Sen. Giannini and Amb. Caracciolo di Vietri