Digital at the center of cooperation between Italy and Germany and a strategic lever to complete European integration. Thus the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, in the video message sent to XV edition of the Italian-German Economic Forum of the Italian-German Chamber of Commerce.
“This year’s forum focuses on the themes of sustainability, digitization and interconnection between our economies – began Draghi – These are challenges that the European Union has decided to tackle with an innovative tool: the Next Generation Eu “.
“A program – said the premier – which represents a unique opportunity for the development of our countries and for the strengthening of the Union. We both have dedicated about 40% of the resources to the ecological transition. 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 the adaptability of our economies – explained Draghi – And the State must be ready to help citizens and businesses in facing the costs of this complex transformation. At least one fifth of the funds of the Next Generation Eu program are dedicated to the digital transition. We want to help businesses innovate and we want to make life easier for citizens. We aim to modernize the public sector, starting with 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 – he underlined – I am thinking, for example, of the important projects of common European interest, to which we allocate 1.5 billion in the NRP. The microelectronics project sees us collaborating in the strategic semiconductor sector. We have already collected many expressions of interest and we intend to make it an area of long-term collaboration between our countries ”.
“This is a very favorable moment for relations between Italy and Germany – continued Draghi – We must strengthen our cooperation mechanisms within the European Union. And work together, in the interest of businesses and all citizens ”.
“It is a great pleasure to send my greetings to the Italian-German Economic Forum. This event, now in its fifteenth edition, shows how strong and deep the relations between our two countries are – he later said – I find the motto that the Chamber of Commerce has chosen to celebrate its centenary very appropriate: ‘Grow Zusammen’ – Grow Together. After the tragedies of the pandemic, we want to proceed together on a path of rapid, inclusive and sustainable development ”.
“Germany and Italy share the same strategic objective: the completion of the path of integration European – explained Draghi – 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. We must be proud of our social model, 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 women in the labor market ”.
“Germany and Italy are the manufacturing engine of the European Union. About half of its industrial production comes from our factories – Draghi recalled – 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 in fact the first trading partner for Italy. In 2020, trade between the two countries amounted to 116 billion, more than Italy’s trade with the United States and China combined. Germany trades more with Lombardy than with Turkey. And Italy trades more with Bavaria than with the whole of Poland. Our prosperity and well-being largely depend on being united ”.
The intervention of Angela Merkel
Also Chancellor Angela Merkel sent a video message to the Forum. “Since 1921 the Italian-German Chamber of Commerce (Ahk) has done a lot to ensure that our two countries grow together. Today, in order to continue to do so, we aim at sustainability and digitalization ”, he recalled, highlighting that“ collaboration on these fronts is more important than ever ”.
September 22, 2021 – 10:30 am
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