2006 - 22nd YLC - Venice, Mestre, Padua, Italy

Enlarged Europe: Good News or Bad for Transatlantic Relations?

On October 5-7 the Council for the United States and Italy held its 22nd annual Young Leaders Conference on the subject "Enlarged Europe: Good News or Bad for Transatlantic Relations?".

Participants at the conference (sponsored by Sanpaolo Imi Group) were 47, equally divided among the United States, Italy and other member countries of the European Union, plus prospective EU candidate countries. 
The conference started on Thursday, October 5, with an opening plenary in Venice, hosted by Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia (at which pre-selected participants introduced various aspects of the conference subject), followed by a dinner. The invited speaker was Fabrizio Saccomanni, Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
On Friday, October 6, participants met in Mestre, where three regionally-balanced working groups discussed three topics: "Any Farther, How Much and Why?", "Interconnection Between Enlargement and Economic, Social and Political Integration", and "Transatlantic Impact".
Friday dinner took place at Villa Braida. The invited speaker was Maurizio Massari, from the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, former Head of OSCE Mission to Serbia Montenegro (an alumnus of YLP himself).
On Saturday, October 7, a plenary in Padua, hosted by Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, discussed the reports of each of the working groups and debated general conclusions.
At the end of the conference the group visited the Scrovegni Chapel and the Andrea Mantegna exhibition in Padua.
The gratitude of the Council goes also to the German Marshall Fund of the United States for its continued support of the Young Leaders Program.