Pietro DE MATTEIS (PhD, Cambridge)
Pietro is the advisor on Public Diplomacy at the European External Action Service, the EU diplomatic corps, where he supports the development of new approaches to build trust and mutual understanding between the EU and citizens worldwide. In this capacity he currently also serves as the Deputy Commissioner General for the EU at EXPO2020 Dubai.
Pietro is also an elected city councillor in Brussels (Saint Gilles) to connect the European project with local citizens and for many years he has supported citizens' activism at European level through various organisations (e.g. JEF, GFE). He is the initiator of PowerCrowd.org (a start-up connecting local change-makers for global impact), #EUsolidarity Now (a 80.000 people-strong Facebook Group for European solidarity), Stand Up for Europe (formerly of the European Federalist Party) and he is a founding member of Alliance4Europe.
In the past he worked for the European Commission managing cooperation programmes for Asia and North America and shortly for the Chamber of Commerce of Milan, a Multinational Company in Shanghai, the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris.
Pietro holds a PhD in international studies form the University of Cambridge where he researched in the field of Energy and Climate Change Diplomacy. An economist by training, he graduated from the University of Milan-Bicocca (summa cum laude) after an Erasmus year at University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and then obtained a Masters-level degree from the European College of Parma. He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University (NY) and at Renmin University 人民大学 (Beijing).
AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS
Pietro has been a Rotary International Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar to China and he was awarded a scholarship from the Cambridge European Trust. He is also an Alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) run by the US Department of State.
Pietro is part of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network, the International House of NY, the Mercator Foundation TEFF Network and the Bosh Alumni Network.
Italian (mother tongue)
IN THE PRESS
Below you will find a selection of my articles:
BNR.bg Euranet - Bulgaria - #EUsolidarity now – пространство за истории за европейска взаимопомощ
EEAS - Europe - Strong EU presence at EXPO2020’s Global Goals Week
EEAS - Europe - EXPO2020: an open window into the post-COVID world
New Europeans - Europe - Interview with Pietro De Matteis, #EUSolidarityNow
Le Soir - Belgium - Seuls 25 élus bruxellois sur 695 ne sont pas belges.
Alliance Magazine - Europe 2018 - New common spaces for culture (and for Europe).
Sounds in Europe - Europe - Issue 12 (page 16) 2017 - Culture, Empathy and Foreign Policy: a European perspective.
Katoikos.eu - Europe - Whose interest? Towards the emergence of a European constituency
Onet Wiadomosci - Poland - Słowa Donalda Tuska nt. integracji w UE. Pietro De Matteis: nie poddamy się, muszą usłyszeć nasz głos
L’Echo (Belgium), Calea Europeana (Romania), Via Diplomacy (Greece), The Open Cyprus Daily (Cyprus), Euractiv/Blogactiv.eu (Europe) – “Open letter to two and all European leaders (in 8 languages): “Angela and Alexis stop playing with our future” by Pietro De Matteis and Georgios Kostakos;
Treffpunkteuropa.de - Germany - „Wir brauchen einen dritten Weg für Europa“
The New Federalist - Europe - We need a “third way” for Europe!
Capital Finance International – World- Summer 2014 (page 58) - Democracy and a Social Contract: The Way Forward for Europe. ;
The Parliament Magazine – Europe- “Juncker appointment ensures first ‘democratically legitimate’ EU” Editorial by Pietro De Matteis;
The Parliament Magazine – Europe- “EU faces prospect of ‘coup d’état’ by European council” Editorial by Pietro De Matteis;
The Parliament Magazine - Europe- “Federalism would bring Europe ‘closer to the people’, says MEP candidate” (Pietro De Matteis);
Project for a Democratic Union – Europe- “A federalist vision for Europe” ;
Capital Finance International – Worldwide – “Europe’s First Transnational List has been Presented by the European Federalist Party“;
Capital Finance International – Worldwide – Autumn 2013 – Winter 2013/2014 – European Union: The end of the crisis brings a new beginning.
The New Federalist - Europe - Can today's EU stand a new wave of Enlargement?
Le Taurillon / The New Federalist - Europe - Obama to skip the EU summit: “there is confusion over the summit” US officials say
The New Federalist - Europe - The European Citizens’ Initiative: 1 million signatures to have our voice heard in Europe.
The New Federalist - Europe - Two challenging choices for EU’s future: President Van Rompuy and HR Ashton
The New Federalist - Europe - The President of the European Council: a brief analysis of the Risks and Opportunities
Le Taurillon / The New Federalist - Europe - The Independence of the European Central Bank
Eurobull.it - Europe - La Missione Imprenditoriale Italiana in Cina: La sfida di ridefinire il ruolo dell’Europa
The New Federalist - Europe - When Trade is not only about Economics: Airbus vs Boeing
Below a selection of research papers:
Ministry of Regional Development, Poland – 2013 – “Rural-Urban Partnership for Sustainable Development” by Pietro De Matteis and Sabrina Lucatelli;
European Union Institute of Security Studies – Occasional Papers June 2012 – The EU’s and China’s institutional diplomacy in the field of climate change;
The Sino-European energy and climate change cooperation – Journal of European Contemporary Research – December 2010;
OXPOL University of Oxford - Europe - The “Post-Copenhagen Era” and Cancún: an opportunity for the EU and China
The EU, the US, China and the Energy System: The Energy Diplomacy - Journal of East-European and Asian Studies – Issue n.1, April 2009;
The European Union and the Economic Governance: an International and European Perspective – AESI research paper – June 2006;
The Economics of Happiness: an Economical & Political analysis for Europe – Graduation thesis – 2005;
Les Temoignages de ceux qui font l'Europe - 2017- Chapter in book by Delphine Bourgeois
Below you will find a selection of interviews:
Al Jazeera - World - 'Europe has to reform': How the far right grew in 2017;
HD1 TV Slo - Slovenia - European candidate elected in Belgian local elections;
Europa United - Europe - "Federalism week – in conversation with Pietro De Matteis, president of the European Federalist Party"
CCTV – America and CCTV News– World- “EU Commission President proposes EU military force” and “EU Army”;
Greek Public Policy Forum - Europe - A local approach to build a European public space?
CCTV News - World - Schengen agreement under intense pressure;
L’Indro – Italy- “Interview with Pietro De Matteis: “Le richieste dell’iniziativa europea: rispettate il nostro voto”
One Europe -Europe- “Interview with Pietro De Matteis, MEP Candidate in Belgium”;
Press TV - World - Critics: EU failing on security, refugee issues
Euronews – World – “Interview with Herman Van Rompuy”;
Euractiv.com - Europe – Pietro De Matteis- Federalist candidate: “It’s not about immigration, it’s about mobility”
Europost – International – Pietro De Matteis, co-President of the European Federalist Party: Non-Europe costs dearly;
Press TV - Large protest in Brussels over EU's handling of refugee crisis;
UA - Ukraine - Europe, Nationalism and Russia
BX1 - Belgium - Europe et la situation en Catalogne.
Press TV - World - Critics slate Cameron's EU reforms deal;
Eyes on Europe - Belgium - Stand up for Europe: entre démocratie citoyenne et projet pan-européen
I was also mentioned in several publications, articles and open letters including:
EEAS - World - Strong EU presence at EXPO2020’s Global Goals Week
LRT - Lithuania - Lietuvos paviljone „EXPO 2020“ atidaryta prestižinė ES šiuolaikinės architektūros paroda
EEAS - World - Expo 2020 Dubai: an open window into the post-Covid world
La Capitale - Belgique - "Les voisins organisent un cleanup chaque mois"
Q - Magazine - Romania - Peste 120 de mii de oameni au vizitat Pavilionul României la Expo 2020 Dubai
The Guardian - UK - "Historic deal on shared Macedonian identity must be honoured";
Libération - France - "Soutenons la réconciliation dans les Balkans";
The Wall Street Journal – World- “Election Over, Europe Launches a Turf War“;
L’Echo – Belgique – «Stand Up» veut bâtir les États-Unis d’Europe;
La Libre – Belgique – “Stand Up” se lance dans la bataille pour l’Europe;
ANSA – Italy – Lista di giovani euroentusiasti in campo in Belgio;
Defence News – World – “Britain Rejects EU Army Proposal”.
France24 - World - "EU leaders divided over post-Brexit Europe".
Mondiaal Nieuws - Europe - Europartijen wagen vlucht vooruit
ItalianNetwork - Italy - "Belgio - Elezioni: Pietro De Matteis ha vinto le elezioni"