Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, will be in Berlin tomorrow and Friday (28 and 29 September), and will hold a meeting with Germany’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock. Following the meeting, the two ministers will hold a press conference.
“Utter cooperation and transparency must always exist between partners and allies bound by a sincere and deep friendship like the one between Italy and Germany. For this reason, I wish to discuss the migration emergency we are currently facing with my colleague”, the Deputy Prime Minister commented.
Other topics on the agenda to be discussed by Tajani and Baerbock include the strengthening of bilateral relations in view of the upcoming intergovernmental summit, the main European and international issues, from the war in Ukraine to relations with Africa and the crises in North Africa.
Tajani will also participate in the fifth Trilateral Forum between Confindustria and its counterparts from Italy, Germany and France, the main networking platform for the industries of the three countries, held annually and traditionally aimed at stimulating reflection and promoting initiatives, operational proposals and recommendations. On this occasion, the Forum will focus on the challenges for the European automotive sector, the decarbonisation aspects of the production system, the digitisation of the industry, European coordination in the defence industry and the prospects for European trade policy.
“Economic and trade relations with Germany are extraordinarily important to us, as the country is Italy’s leading trade partner, number one end market for our exports and leading supplier”, said the Deputy Prime Minister, who emphasised that “we are committed to working on an ambitious yet pragmatic European industrial policy that protects national manufacturing sectors and guarantees innovation, growth and employment in the framework of governance rules that favour investment and growth and not just debt stabilisation”.