Lord Patten and Hon. Enrico Letta, co-chairs of the Pontignano Conference
The Pontignano conference started in 1993. It brings together current and future leaders from the UK and Italy to address common challenges and develop networks and close relationships. Organised by the British Council, British Embassy in Italy and Siena University, the conference has developed a network that includes ministers, prime ministers, presidents and leaders from the business and academic.
Better together or better apart?
Italian and British views of Europe
The 22nd annual Pontignano Conference took place in the Certosa di Pontignano, near Siena from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 October 2014.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Better together or better apart”. More than a hundred British and Italian delegates from the world of government and civil society, academia, media and industry came together for three days to discuss how the European Union can help to deal with the problems that our Countries face. Do they favour a looser EU or greater integration? And what can we learn from each other?
For further information on the 2014 Conference please download the programme and the agenda (see downloads section below).
European Welfare Democracy: Changing gear of changing vehicle?’
The 21st edition of the Pontignano Conference was held from 4 to 6 October 2013. You can find out more about last year's conference by downloading the brochure in the section below.