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The Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, and the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, chair the first meeting of the Italian-French Border Cooperation Committee

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 31 October, the National Museum of Italian Renaissance in Turin will house the first meeting of the Italian-French Border Cooperation Committee, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, and the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, and established by the Quirinal Treaty.

“Thanks to its composition, the Committee provides the opportunity to promote projects for strengthening the Italian-French relation with a focus on border communities”, said the Italian Deputy Prime Minister, and added, “We will lend an ear to territorial needs, mostly those related to the connections between our Countries”.

The meeting will be hosted by the President of the Piemonte Region, Alberto Cirio, in collaboration with the Mayor of Turin, Stefano Lo Russo. Territorial, parliamentary and cross-border representatives and central administrations will also attend it.

The agenda will cover topics such as mobility and local networks, the enhancement of infrastructure works such as the Mont Blanc Tunnel, the Fréjus Rail Tunnel, and the Turin–Lyon high-speed railway connecting our two Countries. Discussions will also focus on bilateral cooperation for the management of environmental risks, the protection of cultural heritage and the promotion of sustainable development. Specific attention will also be devoted to the youth regarding training, bilingual competencies and youth exchanges.

The two Ministries of Foreign Affairs will make statements to the press following the meeting.

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