Confronting Coronavirus: Italy and the Future of Europe

Mark Dempsey17th April 20201min
Former Prime Minister of Italy, Enrico Letta, discussed his proposals for closer European co-operation in addressing the impact of COVID-19 and provided insights into the effects the virus has had in his country.

Italy has been among the countries most seriously affected by the spread of COVID-19 with the health and economic implications likely to reverberate for some time. A further consequence of the outbreak has been a sense among many Italian citizens that the EU has not offered sufficient solidarity to Italy. Former Prime Minister of Italy, Enrico Letta, discussed his proposals for closer European co-operation in addressing the consequences of the crisis, as well as the economic, political and social impacts of the pandemic in Italy.

This event is part of our Future of the EU27 Project, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

About the Speaker:

Dr Enrico Letta was Prime Minister of Italy from April 2013 to February 2014. He previously served as Minister for EU Affairs and as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts. Dr Letta was a Member of the Italian Parliament from 2001 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2015, and of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2006. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD in EU Law at the School for Advanced Studies of Pisa.