Hispano-Italian Mini-Summit in Barcelona. Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez , and Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi , will participate on the 18th in the Forum Dialogue Spain-Italy at the headquarters of the Catalan employers Foment of the Treball , where discussion on the funds ‘Next Generation’ , of which both countries are the main beneficiaries; and about the future of Europe.
The meeting, which will last two days, will also feature the intervention of the Second Vice President and Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño ; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya , as well as her Italian colleagues, of Technological Innovation, Vittorio Colao ; Exteriors, Luigi di Maio and Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolani .
There will also be the European Commissioner for Economic Affairs , Paolo Gentiloni, the Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell and the President of the European Parliament, David Maria Sassoli, among others.
The meeting, which was held in Rome last year within the framework of a greater alliance between the two countries regarding European funds, is coordinated by the former leader of the Unió Democràtica, Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida and the former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta .
Sánchez and Draghi will intervene with speeches on the first day after an opening session by the president of Foment, Josep Sánchez Llibre , that of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi ; and that of the Italian foundation Arel, organizer of this meeting together with the CEOE and the Societat Barcelonina d’Estudis Econòmics i Socials de Foment del Treball.
In fact, both the Spanish president and Draghi will have participated on the same Friday in Barcelona in the Cercle d’Economia Meeting , which between June 16 and 18 and after last year’s pandemic hiatus, will once again become a true economic and economic summit. politics.
During the sessions of the Hispano-Italian mini-summit, there will be debates between businessmen, such as the president of Aena, Maurici Lucena , the CEO of Enel (Endesa’s main shareholder), Francesco Starace ; that of Mediolanum, Carles Tusquets ; or the CEO of Cellnex (which has the Benetton family in its shareholding), Tobías Martíne z. But they will not be the only ones, since on Saturday the president of the Italian employers’ association Confindustria, Carlo Bonomi, will intervene, for example.
This forum had been held in Barcelona before the ‘procés’. Duran i Lleida highlights that the two issues that will be debated, the ‘Next Generation’ funds, both from the perspective of the energy and digital transition or on the future of cities and the future of the EU, “are of great importance for the future of Spain, Italy and for the whole of the EU “.
The Spain-Italy Dialogue Forum has been held for more than 20 years. The first of the meetings was in 1999 in Genoa and, since then, it has been held alternately in both countries with representatives from the academic, political, business, economic and communication world.