Draghi receives Macron. Today the signing of the Quirinale Treaty

Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron in Palazzo Chigi on Thursday evening for a bilateral meeting with a view to signing the Quirinal Treaty on Friday, November 26. After the face-to-face between the two leaders (which lasted an hour), the meeting expanded to ministers and delegations.

Mattarella: working together for a stronger EU

On Thursday afternoon, Macron was received at the Quirinale, welcomed by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella. After the interview, Macron moved to Palazzo Chigi to meet Mario Draghi. At 9 pm he returned to the Quirinale for dinner offered by Mattarella.

«The enhanced cooperation between Italy and France – underlined Mattarella who met the French president in the afternoon – should aim to bring the necessary ambition within the EU. The European dimension is the key element at a stage where we are called to overcome the crisis related to the pandemic and start afresh with renewed enthusiasm to successfully face the great challenges of the ecological and digital transition. The many measures envisaged to strengthen dialogue and cooperation and to stimulate common initiatives are an investment in the common future of Italy and France ”.

For the Italian head of state, “the signing of the Treaty for Enhanced Bilateral Cooperation is an important achievement, a far-reaching text. It is a treaty that unites two founding countries of the European Union who share a commitment to build the great European project. A stronger relationship between Italy and France contributes to building a stronger EU, which is all the more necessary today in light of the challenges that only a more integrated Europe can face, as the pandemic crisis has shown ”.

the delegations

Foreign Ministers Luigi Di Maio, Interior Ministers Luciana Lamorgese, Defense Lorenzo Guerini, Economy Daniele Franco, Economic Development Giancarlo Giorgetti and EU Undersecretary Enzo Amendola also participate in the comprehensive bilateral agreement between Draghi and Macron. On the French side, ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian (Foreign Affairs), Bruno Le Maire (Economics), Florence Parly (Defence), Gérald Darmanin (Interior), Secretary of State Clément Beaune (European Affairs) were present.

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