In Rome, working on European defence and cultural diplomacy

In Rome, working on European defence and cultural diplomacy

Today I am writing from Rome, after a day spent working on European defence and on our cultural diplomacy – two issues where Italy’s initiative has been particularly important.

Yesterday morning I was at the lower Chamber of the Italian Parliament, with the Democratic Party and the group of Socialists and Democrats, to talk about culture as a central component of our foreign policy. Thanks to the work we have done together, the European Union’s civilian mission that we are about to launch in Iraq will count on a cultural expert – who will help Iraqi security forces preserve their cultural heritage, and tackle the trafficking of cultural goods. It is a promise turning into reality, which will then be extended also to our other missions.

Then a conversation at the Institute for International Affairs (IAI) with Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti. We discussed the incredible work we have done in the last months towards a European Union of security and defence. Two thirds of European citizens understand that today’s threats are too complex for any individual country, and have to be tackled together, at the European level. Here is the video of our conversation.