San Donato Milanese (Milan), 20 June 2011 – Eni will play a key role in a day dedicated to discussing contemporary energy issues and enjoying a cultural exhibition. On 21 June, the European Parliament in Brussels will host a debate on the new geopolitics of the Mediterranean. This will be followed by the opening ceremony of the “Six-legged dog‘ exhibition, which crosses the Italian borders for the first time.

At 5.45pm, at the European Parliament’s Altiero Spinelli building, the conference entitled “The new Mediterranean: geopolitics of energy‘ will host a debate between the Chairman of Eni, Giuseppe Recchi, and the EU Energy Commissioner, Gunther Oettinger. The participants will discuss the energy future of the Mediterranean region. Further contributions to the debate, which will be moderated by Marta Dassù, General Director International Activities of Aspen Institute, will come from Italy’s permanent representative at the EU, Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, and from the co-Presidents of the Meseuro Centre, European Parliamentarians  Mario Mauro and Gianni Pittella.

Following the debate, at 7pm, the day’s discussions will make way for a cultural event with the opening of the “Six-legged dog‘ exhibition which has been a great success in Italy. The exhibition details Eni’s history since its foundation with a special focus on Europe and on Eni’s founder Enrico Mattei’s pioneering idea of a common energy policy targeting the development of new supply routes, which has been pursued since the early 1960s.

Photos, speeches and original documents will show how the “European view‘ was clear in Eni’s founder mind from the outset, with the aim of fulfilling “the empowerment of the entire community and of its single, constituent parts‘. Brussels will not host the exhibition by chance: Belgium’s capital city was chosen by Mr. Mattei to host Eni’s representative office, managed by Giorgio Ruffolo, in order to share this strategy at a European level.

The exhibition is marked by images of Eni’s key European milestones, ranging from the opening of the Genoa-Ingolstadt and Transalpino pipelines, to the Transitgas gas-line connecting Italy with Holland, Germany, Norway, France and Switzerland, and also Saipem 7000, the pipe-laying crane vessel ambassador of Italy’s technological innovation.

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