Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy


Address: Piazzale della Farnesina 1, 00135 Rome, Italy

Tel.: 0039 06 36911


The Minister

Paolo Gentiloni

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


In 1993 Minister Paolo Gentiloni was appointed Jubilee and Tourism Councillor in the Rome City Council.

He has coordinated numerous election campaigns and in 2001 coordinated the election campaign of LŽUlivo for the political elections.  

Following the 2001 election, Gentiloni was elected Member of Parliament.

From 2000 to 2006, he was Chairman of the Broadcasting Services Watchdog Committee, the committee oversees the activity of state broadcaster Rai and he served as appointed Minister for Communications in Prodi second government from 2006 until 2008.

Gentiloni was elected again the Chamber of Deputies in the 2013 general election, in the centre-left coalition.

During the XVII Legislature Gentiloni has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and also a member of the Standing Committee of African and global issues.  

He then chaired, within the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the bilateral section of the Italian-US friendship. 

Gentiloni was also one of the 45 members of the national founding committee of the Democratic Party in 2007.


The Foreign Ministry is responsible for the State’s functions, tasks and duties in matters concerning Italy’s political, economic, social and cultural relations with other countries. Its duty is to ensure that the international and European activities of Italy’s other ministries and government offices are consistent with the country’s international policy objectives. The Ministry operates through a network of offices throughout the world: embassies, permanent missions to the international organizations, special diplomatic delegations, consular offices and Italian cultural institutes.

The Ministry’s main activities are:

  • International relations, especially establishing closer relations with the emerging economies, enhancing Italy’s contribution to international security and contributing to our country’s energy security;
  • Representing the Italian position in the European integration process, in implementing the European Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and in the European Union’s external political and economic relations;
  • Support for enterprise, economic-commercial questions, promoting the “Made in Italy” brand and supporting Italian businesses abroad;
  • Promoting the Italian language and culture abroad, through Italian schools, scholarships and grants for foreign citizens, language courses organised by the Italian Cultural Institutes, and archaeological missions;
  • Support and services for Italians abroad through the consular register office, assistance and protection for residents and tourists, intervention in emergencies, consular services, help for Italian prisoners abroad and assistance in cases involving international child abduction;
  • Entry visas to Italy;
  • Development Cooperation with the double objective of ensuring that human rights are protected and fostering the economic growth of all peoples;
  • Communication and information for the institutions, the media and citizens: information is provided by the political leadership, the Press and Institutional Communication Service and the Office for Relations with the Public.