The Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Antonio Tajani will be on a mission to Brussels today and tomorrow, 28 and 29 June 2023.
The Deputy Prime Minister will take part in tonight’s reception organised by the King of the Belgians at the Royal Palace of Laeken on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the European Parliament. Among the guests, in addition to the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, will be leaders of the European Parliament’s political groups, members of the Bureau and committee chairmen. Belgium will hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2024.
Minister Tajani will then take part in a working session convened by the Presidency of the European People’s Party (EPP), which traditionally brings together the heads of state and government belonging to the EPP family and other important party leaders before the beginning of the European Council meeting – which starts tomorrow 29 June in Brussels. The EPP summit enables leaders to discuss and prepare a working agenda and common positions. On the sidelines, bilateral meetings are scheduled with the Finnish Prime Minister, Petteri Orpo, and the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mītsotakīs.
The mission to Brussels will also be an opportunity for meetings with the main representatives of the Italian economic system in Belgium, including the staff of the Embassy, Consulate, and Cultural Institute, the Italian Trade Agency and Chamber of Commerce, ENIT, and Gruppo Iniziativa Italiana, the association representing the interests of the Italian community at the EU institutions in Brussels in the fields of business, agribusiness, innovation, research, and services.
Finally, a meeting is planned with the EU Special Representative for the Gulf region, Luigi Di Maio, whose mandate is to contribute to the stability and security of the region, which is a traditional area of interest for Italy.