Italy Amends Site Agreement with EUI to Include Palazzo Buontalenti, which will host the STG headquarters.
It is now official: The School of Transnational Governance (STG) will move away from the enchanting hills of Fiesole and find its new place in the heart of Florence, in the historic building of Palazzo Buontalenti.
An addendum to the Site Agreement already in place between the EUI and the Italian Government was signed last Friday 19 October by Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI, Guglielmo Picchi, Italy's Undersecretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Stefano Lombardi, Director of the Agenzia del Demanio for Tuscany and Umbria. The agreement allocates Palazzo Buontalenti to the School of Transnational Governance, adding it to the EUI’s already rich campus.
As the STG is constantly expanding, this agreement will allow it to host a growing number of activities and, in particular, to welcome the future Master’s students. Indeed – and this is another important announcement – the STG will launch a Master’s Degree Programme in Transnational Governance from September 2020.
A snapshot of the courtyard of Palazzo Buontalenti.
The STG will be the first EUI seat in downtown Florence and enhancing the relationship between the Institute and the local Florentine community, as well as allowing for a growing number of people, projects and activities to be better accommodated. In President Dehousse’s words 'This agreement allows us to start a new school, and it brings us even closer to the citizens of Florence. Our presence there will hopefully allow us to further develop the citizen dialogue and discussion on European themes, which is deeply needed.' The Honorable Picchi expressed his satisfaction as well, affirming that 'Italy is pleased to share its patrimony for such an important project. In the EUI's School of Transnational Governance, we have a new school to prepare leaders for the new struggles they face’.