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Farnesina. Alfano in Palermo for the 52nd National Congress of Civil Law Notaries

“Between the activities of a diplomat and those of a notary public there are many more complementarities than one could imagine: a diplomat negotiates peace and signs the agreements to implement it while the notary public prolongs it over time,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, in the introduction to his address at the 52nd National Congress of Civil Law Notaries at Palermo’s Hotel San Paolo Palace on Saturday, 14 October.

He went on: “This year, at the Foreign Ministry, I placed our emphasis on the attraction of investments: our Embassies and Consulates processed almost 180,000 applications for business visas, improving the service also through the ‘Visa for Italy’ Portal. At the same time, we have also opened a Foreign Investment Office: our goal is to make an ever-more tangible contribution to the national economy, for the benefit of all.”

“Notarial functions represent an important component of the service provided by our consular offices. Last year alone, the Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic and consular network released approximately 22,000 notarial deeds: an activity that becomes all the more relevant as it entails defending national economic and commercial interests through the law. At play are efficiency, transparency, legality and growth,” continued the Foreign Minister, who concluded hoping for “a further quantum leap in the cooperation between the National Council of Civil Law Notaries and the Foreign Ministry.”