The external action of the EU
MIR and MICaD joined lesson
Tuesday January 17th 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
ASERI, Graduate School of Economics and International Relations
Via San Vittore 18, Milan
Vittorio Emanuele Parsi, ASERI Director
Beatrice Covassi, Head of the European Commission representation to Italy
Fabrizio Spada, Head of Regional European Commission representation in Milan
Beatrice Covassi currently works as Head of the European Commission representation to Italy. Until April 2016 she was Deputy Head for the department in charge of EC big data and open data policy at DG Connect. Between 2010 and 2014 she was First Couselor for the Digital Economy at the EU Delegation to the US in Washington DC where she led efforts in internet governance, cybersecurity and privacy in the online environment. Prior to joining the Delegation in October 2010, she was an EU official in the DG Information Society and Media of the European Commission. At DG INFSO she held the positions of deputy head of the Unit responsible for the Lisbon strategy and i2010 (the Digital Agenda), head of the digital broadcasting sector and assistant to the Director for Electronic Communications Policy. Her areas of specialisation include the digital single market and new media. In Fall 2008 Ms. Covassi spent a term as visiting Professor at George Mason University (Arlington, US) where she taught a course on EU New Media Policy. Prior to joining the European Commission in 2000, Ms. Covassi worked as policy analyst for a major US law firm and as researcher in European law for the University of Hull (UK). Ms. Covassi graduated with a thesis in comparative administrative law from the University of Florence (Italy), and holds postgraduate degrees from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and the Academy of European Public Law (Greece).