France and Italy sign a new cooperation treaty

France and Italy signed this Friday in Rome in the Cuso of a solemn ceremony a bilateral treaty for reinforced cooperation destined to consolidate the mutual an

France and Italy sign a new cooperation treaty

France and Italy signed this Friday in Rome in the Cuso of a solemn ceremony a bilateral treaty for reinforced cooperation destined to consolidate the mutual and key relationship to strengthen the European Union.

The Treaty was signed by the Head of Italian Government Mario Draghi and the French President Emmanuel Macron at the Presidential Palace of the Quirinal before the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.

The new Treaty marks a new start to the two countries after diplomatic friction and promotes European Union (EU) policy at a complicated moment for the block.

"This is a historical moment for France and Italy," Draghi said in the course of a joint press conference during which he recalled the values and personalities that join both countries.

"A new historical chapter opens (..) for our ambitions within the framework of Europe," Macron said by recalting "common geopolitical vision".

On the occasion of the signature Air Patrols of France and Italy flew over the heavens of the capital, leaving a column of smoke with the colors of the two countries.

The signing of a "reinforced bilateral cooperation treaty", better known as the quirinal treaty, is something unusual between countries of the Europe Union.

For France it is the second treaty that signing after the blister in 1963 with Germany and endorsed in 2019.

The Treaty aims to intensify cooperation in all sectors, from foreign policy, defense and safety, to migration, economics, research, culture and issues between borders.

The new covenant, which was in preparation since 2017, had to be frozen with the arrival to power in Italy in 2018 of the then 5 star movement anti-state training (M5S), whose leader then, Luigi di Maio, current Foreign Minister, He opened openly at Macron and supported the protest movement of the "yellow vests" in France.

At the beginning of 2019, France came to convene even its ambassador in Rome, a gesture that had not been seen since World War II.

France and Italy, second and third economies of the euro zone behind Germany, represent almost a third of the citizens of the European Union and their GDP.

Date Of Update: 26 November 2021, 07:13

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