ROME, DECEMBER 19 – Investing in the development of Africa also means investing in Europe’s future because the migration phenomenon represents – perhaps more than any other – the biggest cultural challenge of our times, both for the countries from which populations are fleeing – weakening them – and for those on the welcoming end. This was the message that President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella delivered to the diplomatic corps in his year-end greetings speech at the Quirinal Palace.
Mattarella emphasized that next year will be an exacting time for Italy on the international front: “In 2017 Italy will hold the G7 Presidency and have a seat at the United Nations Security Council. In coherence with our foreign policy, we intend to perform these functions with the same responsibility that has characterized our country’s international course of action in the past.”
The head of State pointed out that Italy has been calling for European solidarity on migration “because in the present emergency, Italy is the frontier of Europe. We seek to strengthen common structures geared towards integration which – to address the needs that our citizens are vociferously demanding – needs long-term, concrete and visible action.”
Naturally, this does not only apply to migration concerns, “but also to security and common defense where the first steps are finally being taken. Steps, that in order to be credible, must finally be put into effect”, Mattarella remarked. He added that “Europe’s economic architecture must also move forward to compensate the build-up of inequalities and prevent them from generating even deeper chasms across our societies.” (@OnuItalia)