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Fondazione Agnelli and Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto host the President of the ECB for the Colloquia promoted by Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei

A prestigious event of great cultural importance for Turin.

The 29 of November, at the Carignano Theatre, Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, held a Lectio Magistralis as part of the initiatives organised by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei’s Colloquia on Science Diplomacy to promote the values of diplomacy and science in international relations.

The event was promoted and organised in collaboration with Fondazione Agnelli and Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto.

In the presence of the Mayor of Turin and many local authorities, Lagarde was welcomed to the city and its Carignano Theatre by the presidents of the organisations that promote and organise the event: Roberto ANTONELLI, President of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei; John ELKANN, President of Fondazione Agnelli; and Giorgio BARBA NAVARETTI, President of Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto.

Ambassador Ettore Francesco SEQUI, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has sent his salutation speech.

In her Lectio Magistralis ( read the full transcript available on the ECB’s website ) Lagarde stressed how the challenges the world must face today – including the pandemic and climate change – are unprecedented in terms of scale and complexity. Therefore, it is more important than ever to commit to searching for the truth and to contrasting the spread of false and groundless information, while establishing a public dialogue that is clear, contextualised and emphatic: these are required conditions for political action, which must align with science towards shared goals. Past experience has proven to us the progresses that derive from this joint effort: thus, today multilateral cooperation is more important than ever.

John ELKANN, Chairman of Fondazione Agnelli, noted how Turin’s identity – its ability to merge knowledge and know-how, innovation and solidarity – aligns in great harmony with the spirit of the Colloquia and of the speech given by the President of the ECB. “I fully share Lagarde’s vision,” he said. “Fondazione Agnelli committed years ago to supporting education as a means to give all young people better opportunities for personal and social development, enabling everyone to understand today’s reality and, most importantly, to act responsibly. Today, this can only happen within the framework of sustainability and inclusivity defined by the 2030 Agenda”.

The GEDI Group is media partner for the event, which was broadcast via online streaming by La e La Stampa.

Press release available below.


The video of the event