The collaborative relationship between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dante Alighieri Society was given a new lease of life with the signing today, Tuesday 29 July 2014, of a new Convention.
The agreement was signed in the Farnesina’s Aristide Sartorio room by the Director General for Country Promotion, Ambassador Andrea Meloni, and the President of the Dante Alighieri Society, Ambassador Bruno Bottai.
Joint cultural promotion initiatives
The need to up-date the guidelines for collaboration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dante Alighieri Society had become apparent. The newly signed Convention provides a new framework for joint initiatives already under way in the promotion and dissemination of the Italian language and culture throughout the world. It also reflects a mutual intention to establish closer coordination between the Farnesina’s diplomatic-consular missions and the Italian Cultural Institutes, on the one hand, and the Dante Alighieri Committees, on the other.
The text of the new Convention was drafted with the help of the Directorate General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies. At no additional cost to the State, the new agreement will enable the Farnesina to suggest priority regions or countries in which to establish closer collaboration to the Dante Alighieri. The agreement also envisages regular meetings to evaluate the activities already carried out and plan joint cultural and language promotion projects.