In spite of differences, Italy and the Netherlands are both founding members of the European Union and share a common outlook in a number of policy areas that are crucial to the EU’s future. The Van Wittel-Vanvitelli Roundtable aims at identifying opportunities for possible cooperation between Italy and the Netherlands and exploring their joint potential in driving European solutions. Deeper ties between the two could serve their individual interests, as well as the broader European agenda, and could, for instance, help bridge a perceived North-South divide across the Union. For these reasons, each roundtable brings together Italian and Dutch Government officials and policymakers, experts and thinkers from the Netherlands and Italy to share ideas and best practices on common European challenges.
The project is implemented by IAI in cooperation with Clingendael Institute and with the support of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Italy and The Netherlands, and in the framework of the strategic partnership with Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo.