Representatives of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) have completed their Enquiry Mission as part of the examination of Italy’s candidature to organise World Expo 2030 in Rome under the theme “People and Territories: Regeneration, Inclusion and Innovation”.

Members of the Enquiry Mission, led by the President of the Information and Communication Committee, Murager Sauranbayev, looked into all aspects of the Expo project submitted by Italy and laid out in its candidature dossier.

Members of the Enquiry Mission, led by the President of the BIE Information and Communication Committee, Murager Sauranbayev, meet with the Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni

Over the course of five days, Members of the Enquiry Mission received detailed presentations of the candidature project, visited the proposed Expo site, and exchanged with national and local officials, as well as representatives of the business community and members of civil society.

Members of the Enquiry Mission, who arrived in Rome on 17 April, met with the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella and with the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, as well as several government ministers including the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani and the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Matteo Salvini. The delegation was also received by the Mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, and the President of the Lazio region, Francesco Rocca.

Members of the Enquiry Mission received detailed presentations of the candidature project

The candidature dossier submitted by Italy outlines a vision for a World Expo addressing the relationships that individuals and communities have with their natural, man-made or virtual environments. The Expo would be held between 1 May and 31 October 2030 on a 155-hectare site in Tor Vergata, situated in the south-eastern corner of Rome straddling the city and countryside. The candidature committee forecasts that 150 countries and 10 international organisations would participate in the Expo and that it would receive 31.5 million visits during its six-month opening period.

The Enquiry Mission to Italy is the last to be carried out as part of the project evaluation phase for World Expo 2030. Enquiry Missions for the candidatures of Saudi Arabia, of Ukraine, and of the Republic of Korea have already taken place. The findings of the Enquiry Missions will be discussed by the BIE’s Executive Committee in May 2023, which will decide to forward to the General Assembly the candidatures it considers to be feasible and viable. In November 2023, during the 173rd General Assembly of the BIE, the host country of World Expo 2030 will be elected via secret ballot by BIE Member States, on the principle of one country, one vote.

World Expos, officially known as International Registered Exhibitions, are global gatherings of nations addressing universal challenges of our time. These unparalleled global events offer a journey inside a chosen theme through engaging and immersive activities. Taking place every five years and lasting up to six months, World Expos welcome tens of millions of visitors, allow countries to build extraordinary pavilions, and transform the host city for years to come.

The most recent World Expo, Expo 2020 Dubai, took place under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, and received over 24 million visits. The next World Expo will take place in Osaka, Kansai, Japan, between 13 April and 13 October 2025, under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.