Meeting Between Minister Moavero, the Italian Vice Presidents of the European Parliament and the Heads of Delegation in the EP Parliamentary Groups
On the first day of the EU Summit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enzo Moavero, met in Brussels with the Italian Vice Presidents of the European Parliament, David Sassoli - PD (S&D) and Fabio Massimo Castaldo - M5S (EFDD). They were joined by the Italian Heads of Delegation in the EP parliamentary groups: Mara Bizzotto - Lega (ENF); Lorenzo Cesa - UDC (PPE); Raffaele Fitto - Conservatori e Riformisti (ECR); Eleonora Forenza - Lista Tsipras-L'Altra Europa (GUE/NGL); Elisabetta Gardini - Forza Italia (PPE); Pier Antonio Panzeri - Articolo 1/MDP (S&D); Patrizia Toia - PD (S&D) e Marco Valli - M5S (EFDD).
During the meeting, the most sensitive issues that are currently being debated in the EU Council and Parliament were addressed. Everybody agreed on the need to work together, beyond partisan lines, to better protect Italian interests in the European Union. In this framework, the plan is to launch appropriate forms of coordination between Members of the European Parliament and Government representatives to ensure greater efficiency in systematic functional interactions.
This initial opportunity to exchange views was very detailed and constructive. It laid the foundations for more effective "teamwork" for Italy, fully respecting different positions on specific issues and the competition between different parties in the upcoming European elections in May 2019.
The many concrete topics that were discussed included: managing migration flows and the reform of the Dublin regulation; the situation in Libya and the Palermo Conference; the Multiannual Financial Framework of the new EU budget; the importance of introducing new and genuine own resources for the EU; increasing investments in Africa; preserving funds for the Common Agricultural Policy, for regional cohesion and technological innovation; the Brexit negotiations, protecting the rights of Italian citizens in the UK and denominations of origin and geographical indications of products sold on the British market; the crisis in Venezuela; working to ensure fundamental rights; relations with Turkey; the Austrian initiative on double citizenship in Sud Tirol; the evolution of the situation regarding the new EMA (European Medicines Agency) headquarters that will move from London; and the status of Italian appeals filed with the EU Court of Justice.
Lastly, following a request from Members of the EU Parliament, Minister Moavero provided clarifications regarding the upcoming stability law and government budget. He also detailed current steps in relation to existing European procedural rules that Italy is following.