“Germany and Italy share the same strategic objective: the completion of the European integration process”. Thus Prime Minister Mario Draghi, in a passage of the video message for the 15th Italian-German Economic Forum, in which he remarked “how strong and deep the relations between our two countries are”. “After the tragedies of the pandemic, we want to proceed together on a path of rapid, inclusive and sustainable development. A stronger Europe from an economic, diplomatic and military point of view is the only way to have a stronger Italy and a stronger Germany. strong”.
“We must be proud of our social model – remarked the Prime Minister – for its attention to health, the environment and inequalities. And we must adapt it to the future, thanks to innovation, structural reforms and greater involvement of young people. and by women in the labor market “.
For Draghi, “this is a very favorable moment for relations between Italy and Germany. We must strengthen our cooperation mechanisms within the European Union. And work together, in the interest of businesses and all citizens”.
“Germany is Italy’s largest trading partner and the main destination for Italian investors,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “Most of the tourists visiting Italy come from Germany. Both sides benefit from this close partnership. Good cooperation is more important than ever these days.” Chancellor Angela Merkel declared this, speaking with a message to the 15th Italian-German Economic Forum.
“Germany and Italy are the manufacturing engine of the European Union,” said Draghi. “About half of its industrial production comes from our factories. From mechanics to means of transport, we are often a single value chain – a tangible sign of the advantages of the single market and monetary union. Germany is indeed the first trading partner for Italy. In 2020, trade between the two countries amounted to 116 billion euros, more than Italy’s trade with the United States and China combined “.
“Germany trades more with Lombardy than with Turkey – continued our Prime Minister -. And Italy trades more with Bavaria than with the whole of Poland. Our prosperity and well-being largely depend on ‘to be united “.
“We want to accelerate the commitment to decarbonization, reduce emissions and focus on cutting-edge technologies such as hydrogen, on which there is a structured collaboration at European level. The timing of this process must be ambitious, but compatible with capabilities. of adaptation of our economies. And the State must be ready to help citizens and businesses in facing the costs of this complex transformation “. Thus Prime Minister Mario Draghi, in a passage of the video message for the 15th Italian-German Economic Forum in which he recalls how the Next Generation EU is “a program that represents a unique opportunity for the development of our countries and for the strengthening of the Union. “, and how both Italy and Germany have” allocated about 40% of the resources to the ecological transition “.
“At least one fifth of the funds of the Next Generation EU program is destined for the digital transition – said Prime Minister Draghi -. We intend to help companies innovate and we want to make life easier for citizens. We aim to modernize the public sector, starting from schools and hospitals in depressed areas. And to spread digital knowledge, so that they are a tool for social mobility and overcoming inequalities “.
“The link between our economies is destined to strengthen – continues the Prime Minister -. I am thinking, for example, of the Important Projects of Common European Interest, to which we allocate 1.5 billion in the PNRR. The microelectronics project sees us collaborating in the strategic sector of semiconductors. We have already collected many expressions of interest and we intend to make it an area of long-term collaboration between our countries “.