Friday 17 March Opening ceremony of the 2022-2023 academic year at the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo

Guest of honor Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission and responsible for the Green Deal

The Opening Ceremony for the2022-23 academic year will take place on Friday 17 March at 10 in the Sala Rossa of the Agenzia di Pollenzo.

The Rector prof. Bartolomeo Biolatti will give an opening speech, followed by the Lectio Magistralis of the guest of honour, the Executive Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.

A Q&A session between Frans Timmermans and the UNISG students will follow.

The president of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Carlo Petrini, will close the morning with his final speech.


Frans Timmermans began his career with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987. After taking part in the junior diplomat training programme, he worked at the European Integration Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow. He later worked for Hans van den Broek, European Commissioner for External Relations, and Max van der Stoel, High Commissioner on National Minorities for the OSCE.

In 1998, Frans Timmermans was elected as a member of the House of Representatives for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA), where he dealt principally with foreign affairs. In the fourth Balkenende government, from February 2007 to February 2010, Mr Timmermans was Minister for European Affairs. In 2010, Mr Timmermans returned to Parliament as the Labour Party’s spokesperson on foreign policy.

On 5 November 2012, Mr Timmermans became Minister of Foreign Affairs in the second Rutte government. Two years later, on 1 November 2014, he became First Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for better regulation, interinstitutional relations, sustainable development, the rule of law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Since 1 December 2019,