The Pontignano Conference, established in 1993, brings together politicians and MPs, entrepreneurs and businessmen, journalists and opinion-makers from both the UK and Italy. The themes chosen each year deal with key issues affecting the UK and Italy. The Conference is chaired by Lord Chris Patten and Presidente Enrico Letta.
The Conference is held under the Chatham House Rule.
The twenty first annual Pontignano Conference took place in the Certosa di Pontignano, near Siena, from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October 2013. The theme of this year’s conference was “European Welfare Democracy: changing gear or changing vehicle?” The conference addressed a range of current issues through four working groups and inspired discussions in an informal atmosphere.
The working groups discussed in detail the following themes:
How much of what type of growth do we need to remain welfare democracies?
What changes are needed for the EU to avoid global irrelevance?
What is Europe educating young people for?
How can European Democracy change to reverse declining trust and increasing populism?
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