The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi di Maio, met yesterday with the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Climate Action Policy, Frans Timmermans, before leaving for the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting scheduled for today and tomorrow in London. The talks focused on environmental issues and on the Conference on the Future of Europe.
The Foreign Minister first of all reiterated Italy's full support to the European Green Deal, a fundamental tool for environmental protection and a great opportunity for economic growth at a crucial time for the recovery of the European economy. In this regard, Di Maio pointed out that Italy has been working on a particularly ambitious PNRR on the environment, to which about 60 billion euros have been allocated, i.e. over 40% of the available resources, with the aim of making our economy more sustainable. Italy, Mr. Di Maio emphasised, has also placed the Energy-Climate link at the core of its G20 Presidency, in order to foster climate neutrality and promote technological innovation.
Minister Di Maio then went on to discuss Italy's commitment in the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe, emphasising that it must focus on the priorities of European Union citizens, thus assigning pre-eminent importance to contributions from the civil society and national Parliaments and listening to young people.