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Expo 2015: France-Italy agreement signed, announces Bonino

France taking part in Expo 2015.


The contract was signed by Stefano Gatti, for Italy, and Alain Berger, for France. The “symbolic” signatures of the Speaker of the Chamber, Laura Boldrini; the Foreign Minister, Emma Bonino; the President of the French National Assembly, Claude Bertolone; and Deputy Minister Garot were also added. Under the aggrement, France will have one of the biggest pavilions at Expo 2015, near the Italian area. “We’re neighbours and competitors”, said Stefano Gatti, Director for International Affairs at Expo 2015.


We’re on the home straight


Minister Bonino pointed out that “132 countries have signed up for Expo 2015, with 65 contracts already signed. There’s not much time left but we’re on the home straight. We don’t expect major constructions or architecture from the Universal Exposition”, she explained. “The Expo should, rather, be an opportunity for reflection not just on the issue of food (launched for Expo 2015) but also on nutrition, food preservation and waste, all of which have repercussions on the markets”.


A leading role for women


Women will play a leading role in the Exposition. “Along with Deputy Minister Dassù, we’ve decided to add a project dedicated to women”. As the Minister pointed out, the link between women and food is indissolubile. But the emphasis in this new project will also be on businesswomen, researchers and all those who, through their work, are active participants in the life of society. The Expo, concluded Minister Bonino, will also be an opportunity to increase and strengthen the links between all of the states taking part. “Today’s new freedom lies in the proper management of interdependence”, observed Minister Bonino.

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