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Presentation of the Report by the Italo-German Historical Commission on the events of 1943-45 (Foreign Ministry, Rome 19 December 2012)

On Wednesday 19 December 2012, at 13:15, in the Aldo Moro Hall of the Farnesina Palace, Minister for Foreign Affairs Giulio Terzi will participate with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in the presentation of the “Report by the Italo-German Historical Commission on the events of 1943-45”.

The presentation will be given in Italian and German, with simultaneous translation provided, and will begin with a brief introduction by Secretary General Ambassador Michele Valensise, followed by the presentation of the report by co-presidents of the Commission Professors Mariano Gabriele and Wolfgang Schieder. Speeches by Ministers Westerwelle and Terzi will follow, and a Q/A session will then be open to the audience.

The Commission, made up of ten members (five from each country), was set up following the Italo-German Summit held in Trieste on 18 November 2008, during which, in pledging their faithfulness to the ideals of conciliation, solidarity and integration underlying the European construction, the governments of Italy and Germany agreed to form a three-year commission of historians from both nations with a mandate to analyse the Italo-German war, in particular the internment of Italian soldiers, as a contribution to building a common culture of recollection.

Journalists and camera operators interested in covering the event are asked to apply for accreditation by completing the interactive form available at the link to which all required documentation can be attached in digital format.

If in exceptional cases it is not possible to complete the online accreditation procedure, applications in writing on company letterhead and signed by the director of the organisation concerned—indicating name, surname, date and place of birth, number of a valid ID document and qualification—should be sent by fax to the Press Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (tel. 063691.3432 fax 06.3691.2122).

Accredited members of the press will be admitted at the rear entrance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Via Macchia della Farnesina– beginning at 12:30.

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