ABOUT US

The Italian Initiative Group (GII) is the association representing the Italian community and its diversified interests in Brussels: business, research, innovation, services, food and agriculture. Since 1995, GII thrives to strenghten Italy’s image in the European capital of Brussels through a better coordination of the Italian stakeholders and the establishment of a network of relations with Belgian and European Institutions.

Today GII includes main public institutions and private business associations; major industrial groups, banks and international oriented companies; research centers and universities; regions and local authorities as well as Italian chambers of commerce.

In the latest years, GII has been promoting high-profile meetings with institutional and entrepreneurial spokesmen going through economic and business topics regarding Italy and Europe.

ACTIVITIES

The Italian Initiative Group is responsible for a wide range of activities, each of which aim at strengthening the relations within the Italian business community in Brussels and at promoting the image of Italy in the Belgian capital. In particular, GII aims at:

  • The improvement of the image of Italy abroad.
  • A better and more effective coordination of the activities and initiatives promoted by Italian actors (public or private organisations) in Belgium.
  • Supporting the Italian economic and commercial exchanges both with Belgium and other foreign countries
  • Becoming a channel of direct communication between its members and the most important representatives of the Italian and international economic and social world.
  • In particular GII is promoting high-profile meetings with institutional and entrepreneurial spokesmen in order to debate on the most relevant topics regarding economics, finance and all the current events potentially affecting the activities of our member.

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wHY BELGIUM?

Traditionally driven by coal and steel productions, Belgium has been able to fit in the increasing integration of global markets, changing deeply its economy.

Logistics, ICT, biotechnology and renewable energies are indeed the new sectors leading Belgium in the 21st century globalised economy.

These remarkable results are due to Belgium privileged location in the middle of geo-economic Liverpool–Genoa axis, where 65% of Europe’s economic activity is concentrated. This unique asset allowed Belgium to become one of the most important logistic hub in the world, with the City of Antwerp home to Europe’s second largest port.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Elena Basile

Elena Basile

Honorary President

AMBASCIATA ITALIANA A BRUXELLES

Alberto Mazzola

Alberto Mazzola

President

FERROVIE DELLO STATO

Roberto Zangrandi

Roberto Zangrandi

Vice-president and treasurer

EDSO

Massimo Baldinato

Massimo Baldinato

Advisor

LEONARDO

Matteo Borsani

Matteo Borsani

Advisor

CONFINDUSTRIA

Flavio Burlizzi

Flavio Burlizzi

Advisor

UNIONCAMERE EUROPA

Petronilla Cifarelli

Petronilla Cifarelli

Advisor

PIRELLI

Daria Ciriaci

Daria Ciriaci

Advisor

CASSA DEPOSITI E PRESTITI

Gianfranco Dell'Alba

Gianfranco Dell'Alba

Advisor

ANIA

Paolo Di Stefano

Paolo Di Stefano

Advisor

COLDIRETTI

Aldo Forte

Aldo Forte

Advisor

ENEL

Luca Giansanti

Luca Giansanti

Advisor

ENI

Domenico Maggi

Domenico Maggi

Advisor

SNAM

Luca Moretti

Luca Moretti

Advisor

CNR

Francesca Passamonti

Francesca Passamonti

Advisor

INTESA SAN PAOLO

Luciano Stella

Luciano Stella

Advisor

MUST & PARTNERS

Guido Zincone

Guido Zincone

Advisor

FIAT DELEGAZIONE PER L'EUROPA