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Meeting with Emma Marcegaglia

On the occasion of a visit to Washington and preceding her participation in the Council’s biennial conference in New York, Emma Marcegaglia, Chairperson of Confindustria (Italy’s principal private sector representative organization) made a presentation at the Brookings Institution on December 7, 2010, on “The Italian Private Sector in the Post-Crisis Environment: Technology, Innovation and Global Competition”.  Mrs. Marcegaglia, also  Managing Director of Marcegaglia SpA, a world leader in steel processing, is the first woman to head Confindustria in its 100 years’ existence.  The event was organized by the Council and co-sponsored by Brookings’ Center on the United States and Europe and the US Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber’s first collaboration with the Council).  
Mrs. Marcegaglia addressed issues of the transatlantic economy, focusing mainly on the Italian private sector.  In her remarks she emphasized the role of technology and innovation in maintaining economic growth and development and overcoming economic challenges.

The session was attended by government officials, international organizations, universities, and nonprofit organizations.  Following Mrs. Marcegaglia’s presentation Peter Rashish, Vice President for Europe and Eurasia of the US Chamber, offered comments before the floor was opened to discussion.  Michael Calingaert, the Council’s Executive Vice President, moderated the session.