The training is organised with the patronage of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Czech Republic and Spain. The Foreign Ministry is responsible for the State’s functions, tasks and duties in matters concerning Italy’s political, economic, social and cultural relations with other countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is a Czech government agency which is responsible for international relations of the Czech Republic. The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation is the department of Government of Spain responsible for Spain's foreign relations.
The Foreign Ministry is responsible for the State’s functions, tasks and duties in matters concerning Italy’s political, economic, social and cultural relations with other countries.
Its duty is therefore that of ensuring that the international and European activities of Italy’s other ministries and government offices are consistent with the country’s international policy objectives.
The Ministry operates through a network of offices throughout the world: embassies, permanent missions to the international organisations, special diplomatic delegations, consular offices and Italian cultural institutes. The main sectors where it works include:
- International relations, especially establishing closer relations with the emerging economies, enhancing Italy’s contribution to international security and contributing to our country’s energy security;
- Representing the Italian position in the European integration process, in implementing the European Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and in the European Union’s external political and economic relations;
- Support for enterprise, economic-commercial questions, promoting the “Made in Italy” brand and supporting Italian businesses abroad;
- Promoting the Italian language and culture abroad;
- Support and services for Italians abroad;
- Development Cooperation with the double objective of ensuring that human rights are protected and fostering the economic growth of all peoples;
- Communication and information for the institutions, the media and citizens.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is a Czech government agency which is responsible for international relations of the Czech Republic.
The Ministry is headquartered in Černín Palace in Prague. The Ministry operates the diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic abroad and is responsible for implementing the foreign policy of the Czech Republic and Czech diplomacy efforts.
The Ministry is led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is appointed by the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic as part of creating Government of the Czech Republic which is confirmed by the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic. Current Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is Lubomír Zaorálek.
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation is the department of Government of Spain responsible for Spain's foreign relations. The present incumbent of the office is José Manuel García-Margallo of the People's Party (PP).
The official mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain is to:
- Plan, direct, execute and evaluate Spain's external policies;
- Co-ordinate and improve Spain's relations with other nations and with international organisations;
- Promote the economic, cultural and scientific relations of Spain;
- Develop Spain's economic, cultural and scientific relationships with other nations;
- Direct the International Co-Operation Policy on Development;
- Protect Spanish citizens in foreign areas and to participate in the proposal and implementation of external policy.
Subordinate to the Ministry, there are several Secretaries of State within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for distinct areas of policy (e.g., the Secretary of State for Latin America).
The Spanish Foreign Ministry coordinates with the Royal Household of the king on diplomatic engagements internationally. Additionally, the Minister of Foreign Affairs is by law the Chancellor of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, an Order given both to Spanish citizens and foreigners whom Spain considers praiseworthy. The king remains the patron of the Order.