“I am extremely satisfied at this result: a prestigious systemic success for our Country, yet more proof that we know how to do teamwork and capitalise on the outstanding resources we dispose of and that our partners recognise,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, on commenting the news of the designation of Bologna as the new headquarters of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).
“The ECMWF Council approved the candidacy of the Italian city: this is a significant recognition of the scientific vocation not only of Bologna’s Tecnopolo Technology District but also of our Country in general,” Minister Alfano continued. “Now Italy is at the centre of the ambitious European project to develop a data processing capacity in the meteorological sector, which is strategic from the point of view of the economy, security and scientific and technological research.”
In recalling the contribution of the Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic network in highlighting the strengths of the Italian candidacy to their institutional interlocutors, the Foreign Minister especially underscored the teamwork in which the relevant national Institutions engaged. He said: “Every player was decisive: the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, of the Environment, of Education, of Defence and of Economy, the Region of Emilia-Romagna and the Municipality of Bologna, and all the other institutions which, each one for its own scope of competence, have contributed to this excellent result. It is a success that must be a source of pride for everybody, well done Italy.”
“I would also like to thank the European Centre and all the Member States for the trust that they have placed in us and that I am certain that Italy and the city of Bologna will know how to pay back,” concluded Mr Alfano.