IAI President Nelli Feroci appointed as European Commissioner

01 July 2014

 

IAI welcomes the appointment of President Nelli Feroci as European Commissioner

 

The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) warmly welcomes the appointment by the Italian government of its president, Ambassador Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, to the post of European Commissioner in the Commission chaired by Manuel Barroso.

Ambassador Nelli Feroci replaces Antonio Tajani, who was elected to the European Parliament on 25 May and today sits in the Assembly in Strasbourg.

As president of IAI since 4 July 2013, Ambassador Nelli Feroci has drawn on his experiences and expertise in European and international affairs to contribute to and consolidate IAI’s research activities in various sectors.

His appointment to the European Commission also stands in recognition of the continuing commitment of IAI to the goal of promoting and sustaining deeper European integration.

Ambassador Nelli Feroci replaces Antonio Tajani, who was elected to the European Parliament on 25 May and today sits in the Assembly in Strasbourg.

A career diplomat from 1972 to 2013, Ambassador Nelli Feroci was Italy’s Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels (2008-2013), Chief of Staff (2006-2008) and Director General for European Integration (2004-2006) at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Throughout his career, he has authored numerous articles and essays on international relations, European affairs and political science (see bio).

The Istituto Affari Internazionali, founded in 1965 on the initiative of Altiero Spinelli, carries out research in the fields of foreign policy, economics and international security. A registered non-profit organization, IAI aims to promote a greater understanding of international affairs by commissioning research, conferences and publications. To this end, the Institute collaborates with other think tanks, universities and research centres in Europe and worldwide, and belongs to various international research networks.

The Institute’s main areas of research are European Union institutions and policies, Italian foreign policy, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, global economic trends and the internationalization process in Italy, security and defence policy and transatlantic relations.