Pontignano Conference

Lord Patten and Hon. Enrico Letta, co-chairs of the Pontignano Conference

The Pontignano Conference started in 1993. It brings together British and Italian politicians, parliamentarians, industry leaders, academics, journalists and other opinion formers to discuss the current key issues facing Britain and Italy.

It is organised by the British Council and the British Embassy in Rome in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in London, the University of Siena and St Antony’s College, Oxford.

The Conference is held under the Chatham House Rule, therefore participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

David Willetts, former Minister for Universities and Science is the new co-chair of the Conference, together with Enrico Letta.

Pontignano 2014

The theme for the 2014 conference was ‘Better together or Better apart?’. The concept note below explains the context of the overall theme as well as the challenges that have been addressed in the four working groups of the conference.

Pontignano 2013

The theme for the 2013 conference was ‘European Welfare Democracy: Changing gear of changing vehicle?’ You can find out more about last year's conference by downloading the brochure.