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Giulio Venneri

Dr Giulio Venneri is the team leader for the rule of law and democracy in the Directorate General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Previously, he served as team leader for relations with Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also held tenure as the Permanent Secretary of the International Monitoring Operation (IMO), deployed by the European Commission and the US State Department to oversee the vetting of magistrates and justice reform in Albania. Amongst his previous roles at the European Commission, he coordinated the rule of law and security sector reform in the Enlargement process, the visa liberalisation dialogue, and mine action. Before joining the European civil service, he worked at the "Global Issues” unit of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Active in academia, he is an adjunct professor at the School of Government of LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the degree in Policies and Governance in Europe at the Political Science Department. He is the coordinator of the policy lab at the Diplomacy and Global Politics programme of the University of Westminster in London. His most recent publication includes the volume “The European Union’s Engagement with the Southern Mediterranean: Integrating the European Neighbourhood Policy”, released in September 2023.