The REBUILD project lands at the Festival of economics – a 4-day conference with speakers from the world of academia, international and national economists, representatives of European and national institutions, managers of Italian and multinational companies, ministers and distinguished guests – with a conference entitled “REBUILD: Libya starting from the local dimension”.


  • European local authorities: Mattia Gottardi, Councillor for Local Government and Relations with the Provincial Council, Autonomous Province of Trento
  • Libyan Authorities: Tamim Abdul Hafeez Al Na’as, Vice Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Local Administration in Libya (representative body of the 140 Libyan mayors) 
  • EU Representative: Piero Mauro Zanin, Vice President of the CIVEX Commission (Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs) of the European Committee of the Regions and President of the Regional Council of Friuli Venezia Giulia

Facilitation: Roberto Bongiorni, IlSole24Ore journalist


In 2011, Libya’s highly centralised state regime collapses and the country enters a period of high tension and conflict. Subsequently, the decentralisation process begins, also sanctioned by the 2012 Constitution, which emphasises the local level as the basis on which to build the structure of the future Libyan state. 

The event aims to offer keys to understanding the challenges that test the nation state and to highlight the role that local authorities can play in this context.

The event is also an opportunity to present the Nicosia Initiative, a Libyan-European programme for dialogue and exchange between European local authorities, and in particular the REBUILD training and mentoring project, coordinated by the Autonomous Province of Trento in cooperation with ten Libyan municipalities and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, with the technical support of the Centre for International Cooperation.