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Inauguration ceremony of Mario Draghi’s Government at Palazzo Chigi

13 February 2021

After the new Government was sworn in by President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace, the traditional ‘handover ceremony’ was held at Palazzo Chigi, with outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte passing the famous bell used to open Council of Ministers meetings to newly sworn-in Mario Draghi. 
After the ceremony, PM Draghi chaired the first Council of Ministers meeting.

The ceremony

Accompanied by the incumbent Military Advisor, President of the Council of Ministers Mario Draghi received military honours before reviewing the Guard of Honour lined up in the inner courtyard of Palazzo Chigi. 

After being greeted by the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, he was then accompanied up the Scalone d’Onore (‘Grand Stairway of Honour’) and into the Sala dei Galeoni (‘Galleon Room’), where he was welcomed by the outgoing President of the Council of Ministers, Giuseppe Conte. The two then had a confidential handover meeting in the Prime Minister’s office, after which they were joined by the outgoing Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Council, Riccardo Fraccaro, and the newly appointed Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Council, Roberto Garofoli.

Newly sworn-in PM Mario Draghi and former PM Giuseppe Conte, together with their respective Undersecretaries of State and the Secretary General, then returned to the Sala dei Galeoni for the symbolic ceremony to hand over the bell used to open Council of Ministers meetings.

Following the ceremony, President of the Council of Ministers Mario Draghi returned to his office, while the outgoing leader Giuseppe Conte walked down the Scalone d’Onore, accompanied by the Head of the State Ceremonies and Honours Office. The former PM was officially greeted by the incumbent Military Advisor in the inner courtyard and, after receiving military honours from the Guard of Honour, he left Palazzo Chigi.