Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 03/2010

The Italian Foreign Ministry on the way of reform

Raffaello Matarazzo

January 2010

Istituto Affari Internazionali


The Italian government recently approved a reform of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) which should take effect by the summer of this year . By bringing the structure of the MFA into line with those of Italy’s principal European partners, the reform envisages: - a reduction from 13 to 8 in the number of Directorates General (DGs). These will no longer be divided by geographical region but by main subject area; - the creation of a stable, structured relationship between the MFA and the Ministry for Economic and Financial Affairs (MEF); - the creation of “ambassador-managers” who will be called to manage the budgets of Italy’s missions abroad in an increasingly autonomous and entrepreneurial manner.