Minister of State Michael Roth travelled to Italy on Monday (3 February) as part of a series of first official visits to Germany’s partners in Europe. While there, Roth engaged in political talks with European Affairs Minister Moavero Milanesi, Deputy Foreign Minister Marta Dassù and members of the Italian parliament.
At the beginning of his visit to Rome, Minister of State Roth met Italy’s European Affairs Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi for an in-depth discussion. After the meeting, Roth issued the following statement :
“The intensive, friendly dialogue I have enjoyed with European Affairs Minister Moavero Milanesi today reflects the trust that characterises relations between Germany and Italy. We agreed to cooperate closely in tackling the economic, social and political challenges facing Europe.
Together we want to contribute to creating a Europe of shared values, which is characterised by growth based on solidarity, employment, education and social cohesion. They are the very foundations of the European identity we want to safeguard for the future.
As it assumes the EU Council Presidency in the second half of this year, special responsibility will be coming Italy’s way. I have assured Minister Moavero that Germany will support our Italian partners in every way we can.”
Support for the Italian Council Presidency
In their talks, Minister of State Roth and his Italian counterpart stressed the importance of bringing negotiations on creating a banking union to a timely conclusion. They also spoke in favour of intensifying political efforts for growth and employment, saying Europe had to throw itself into fighting the dramatically high levels of youth unemployment.
Afterwards, Minister of State Roth had talks with Deputy Foreign Minister Marta Dassù and meetings with members of the Italian parliament.