[Policy] Italy, At the Eve of the General Elections
On February 24-25, Italy will hold general elections to determine the new prime minister, following the resignation of Mr. Monti and dissolution of the parliament in December 2012. Facing the European debt crisis, sluggish growth and stagnant economy, Italy's new leader is expected to stabilize the economy and fix the fiscal problems. At the Korea Center February luncheon, the Italian Ambassador to Korea, H.E. Sergio Mercuri, will address the challenges for the new prime minister and his government to deal with and what changes can be made in Italy and Korea relations.
Part 2: The Future of Italy and Korea Relations
H.E. Sergio Mercuri, Ambassador, Embassy of Italy
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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CV of the Ambassador, H.E. Sergio Mercuri
Date and place of birth: 6/25/1959 in Naples, Italy
• Master Degree Magna cum Laude in Economics at Bologna National University, Major in Political Economy; Bachelor Degree in Business and Administration at Bologna National University
• High School Diploma at G. Pontano Classical High School in Naples
Family : Married, one son
Other activities: further professional training and advanced education
• 2010 “Security Stabilization Transition and Reconstruction” (SSTaR) Course at the George C. Marshall Center, European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany
• 1994 - 1995 Legation’s Counsellor Course at the Diplomatic Institute in Rome, Italy (dissertation on German European policy published by the Institute).
Positions held in the Diplomatic Service:
• December 2010: Ambassador of Italy to the Republic of Korea and to the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
• 2007-2010: Special Envoy of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs for Afghanistan. Duties: Coordinating at MOFA and with other Italian institutions several activities for Afghanistan stabilization and reconstruction; traveling periodically to Afghanistan and to the region and working on Italian participation in all the major international fora on Afghanistan; promoting initiatives of Civilian Component in the Herat PRT and constant supervision of its activities.
• 2007: Asia Department; Promoting Justice and Rule of Law as integral part of Afghanistan stabilization and reconstruction process through the organization of a three-day International Ministerial Meeting which promoted, with the following “National Justice Program”, the international involvement in the Justice sector.
• 2005-2007: MOFA Rome, Head of Common Foreign and Security Policy/European Security and Defense Policy Office at the European Integration Department and Deputy European Correspondent.
• 2001-2005: Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. political section, responsible, after September 11, 2001, for monitoring and reporting on Washington’s policy, mainly for Asia and the Middle East with local US Institutions (DOS, NSC, DOD, etc.) and US think tanks.
• 1997-2001: Permanent Representation of the EU in Brussels; responsible for following the entire set of relations among the European Institutions; watching legislative and political activities conducted by the European Parliament and of the Economic and Social Committee; member of the General Affairs Group at the Council.
• 1994-1997: MOFA Rome, Secretary General Office in Rome responsible for channeling and coordinating flows of information among Foreign Ministry’s Departments and submitting updated and qualified information elements to the Foreign Minister’s cabinet.
• 1992-1994: Italian Embassy in Bonn; responsible for working on immigration, legal, social and educational affairs for the Italian citizens living in Germany (ca. 400,000 people); coordinating through harmonized procedures the then 14 Consular offices in the country; preparing the 1994 elections for Italians in Germany, for the European Parliament and Italians Abroad Committees.
• 1989-1992: Consul of Italy in Manchester (Consular area including North of England, East Midlands and North of Wales).
• 1987-1989: Italian Embassy in Seoul, Deputy Head of Mission and Head of the Commercial Office in Seoul; for the 1988 Olympic Games, activities in support of Italian Participation (National and Sport Delegations) and CIO.
• 1984–1987: Rome, Recruited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and assigned to the Human Resources and Administration Department; working in various human resources areas carrying out different personnel and administrative tasks.
Languages: Italian (native), English (fluent), French (fluent), German (fluent), Korean (beginner).