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Minister Fitto: “Very important results for Italy at the European Council”

22 March 2024

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"Very important results for Italy yesterday and today in Brussels at the European Council", so the Minister for European Affairs, the South, Cohesion Policies and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, Raffaele Fitto.

"Thanks to the determination of President Giorgia Meloni, the summit gave a mandate to the Commission and the Council to swiftly adopt concrete and effective initiatives to support farmers. The European Council has indicated a number of concrete measures on which to work quickly to support the agricultural sector: in addition to measures to simplify and alleviate administrative burdens, at specific Italian request, initiatives to alleviate the financial difficulties of our farmers and the prospect of an extension of the provisional state aid framework, including the issue of raising the minimum threshold, the so-called 'de minimis' issue."

"The Heads of State and Government reiterated their support for Ukraine and defined a united position on the crisis in the Middle East. It also confirmed the importance of the enlargement policy not only towards Ukraine and Moldova but also towards the Western Balkans with the decision to open negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Finally, at the request of President Meloni, - Minister Fitto concludes - the European Council has returned to discussing migration, reaffirming the priority of the external dimension and calling on the European Commission to continue strengthening all the instruments available to the EU to strengthen political and economic cooperation with the countries of origin and transit of migrants and effectively combat human smuggling".

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