On 16 and 17 June, a few days before Italy is set to take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Minister of State Michael Roth travelled to Rome to meet representatives of Government and Parliament for consultations on Europe’s priorities for the next six months.
In a meeting with his counterpart Sandro Gozi, the Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister of State Roth stressed the significance of the coming months. “I am delighted that on 1 July, Italy, a founding member of the European Union who has passionately defended a united and strong Europe over many decades, is taking the reins,” said Minister of State Roth.
Working for more social cohesion
Secretary of State Gozi stated that Italy would spare no effort in working for more growth, employment and social cohesion as well as better protection of fundamental freedoms. During their meeting, Roth expressed his hope that Italy would manage to play a constructive role with regard to the numerous pending personnel and political decisions.
I am sure that given its pro-European attitude and extensive experience, Italy will exert a positive influence on the second half of 2014.
Together at the heart of Europe
Minister of State for Europe Roth agreed with Vice-President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Marina Sereni and Chair of the Italian-German Parliamentary Group Laura Garavini that German-Italian relations are of great importance. At an event with senators and members of the Italian parliament the Minister of State said:
The intensity of not only the political, but also the cultural cooperation between the two countries was reflected in the Bibliotheca Hertziana which the Minister of State visited during his trip.
The library is a research institute of the Max Planck Institute and is a key point of contact for researchers specialising in the history of Italian art as well as for members of the public.