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HMA Christopher Prentice CMG – Doing time in Italy

HMA Christopher Prentice CMG – Doing time in Italy

What can I say about my time here in Italy? It has been a privilege to be in Rome at a time of immense change, both in Italy and back in the UK. The UK underwent something of an ‘Italian’ experience, with a coalition government – a novelty for us Brits –, before reverting, in the last election, to the more traditional single party government. Here in Italy, there have been four governm... »

UK expats vote in the EU Referendum

UK expats vote in the EU Referendum

UK expats: don’t miss out, you may be able to vote in the EU Referendum. Today, the 4 February, I join the Electoral Commission in the launch of a day of dedicated activities to encourage British expats living overseas to register to vote. It is probably going to be a longer term campaign, but with the Overseas Voter Registration Day we aim to make a bigger splash and reach as many expats as possi... »

Happy Waitangi Day from the New Zealand Consulate General

Happy Waitangi Day from the New Zealand Consulate General

On February 6 each year New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day. This national holiday marks the signing of what is regarded as New Zealand’s founding document, a treaty signed on February 6 1840 between the then Queen of England Victoria, and the chiefs of most of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori tribes. This holiday is at the height of summer on the other side of the world, where it is a g... »

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day

After arriving in Milan a month ago, I have found it to be an elegant, vibrant city. I can only imagine the very different experience my ancestors faced when they arrived in Australia in the 1790s. Australia’s first European settlers landed on the 26th January 1788 – now Australia Day – and were faced with a hot climate filled with strange flora and fauna and a country already inhabited by diverse... »

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

On December 4th 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) designed to provide funding for United States Federal transportation infrastructure improving roads, bridges, transit systems and rail transportation network. This five-year, $305 billion bill, effective January 2016, will be funded without increasing transportation fees instead it will require changes ... »

A Message from Tim Flear, British Consul General in Milan

A Message from Tim Flear, British Consul General in Milan

Dear Easy Milano readers, It has been an eventful year for Milan. Indeed, hugely successful. With Expo 2015, the city came to feel almost like the centre of the universe from May to October. The world fair attracted over 21 million visitors, beating predictions. At this festive time of the year, when traditionally there is heavy consumption of food and drink, the Expo theme of “Feeding the Planet,... »

Message from Canadian Ambassador Peter McGovern

Message from Canadian Ambassador Peter McGovern

Dear Canadians and Friends of Canada in Italy! Happy Thanksgiving! As Canada’s foliage is gaining its legendary colours, students of all ages are now settled into another school year. Here in Italy, the summer heat has (finally) faded and it’s now harvest time: wine, olives, almonds, chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, and other delicious local produce are celebrated in many food-festivals all over the ... »

UK Expats Register to Vote from Overseas

UK Expats Register to Vote from Overseas

This is the first UK General Election where people can register to vote online. The Electoral Commission hopes that the new online process will encourage more UK nationals living overseas to register to take part in elections from overseas. Estimates show that there may be as many as 5.5 million UK nationals living overseas, but there are fewer than 20,000 currently on the electoral registers. To ... »

UK National Day – One GREAT Day at Expo 2015 on June 17

UK National Day – One GREAT Day at Expo 2015 on June 17

UK participation at Expo presents a special opportunity to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday The UK National Day will be celebrated at Milan Expo on 17 June. It marks the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It will be a “GREAT” day linked to the British Government’s GREAT Britain campaign. This will continue for the whole Expo semester with a Global Business Program which enco... »