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Meeting of Italian institutions in the UK



Meeting of Italian institutions in the UK

An online meeting was held today with representatives of Italian institutions based in the UK, including Banca d'Italia, the Italian Trade Agency, the Italian Tourist Board and the Chamber of Commerce. The meeting, chaired by Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, gave an overview of the situation now that the Brexit transition period has ended, as well as plans for economic and cultural promotion and the state of political and industrial relations.

The participants reviewed the main issues that have emerged during this initial period of adaptation to the new rules to which Italian businesses and financial and economic bodies are now subject. It was noted that there has been high demand for information and assistance regarding issues such as the new customs procedures and the types of work visas.

"We continue to prioritise businesses, replying to requests and ensuring that our external communications spotlight content from internet portals and from the information campaigns carried out by the embassy and the Italian Trade Agency in recent months," said the ambassador. He also emphasised that the London and Edinburgh consulates had remained fully operational throughout the pandemic to assist Italians residing in the UK and that the consulate in Manchester will soon be reopened.

The participants also looked at the bilateral collaboration focusing on sustainability and ecological transition that is already taking place in various sectors. 

"The UK's and Italy's parallel presidencies of the G7 and the G20 respectively and the COP26 summit at the end of the year provide the backdrop to a strengthening political dialogue, continued police collaboration and closer defence relations," said the ambassador, highlighting the importance of coordinated action in these areas by all Italian institutions.

The meeting was also an opportunity to look at the busy calendar of economic and cultural events in the coming months, and the ambassador encouraged the use of digital tools for such initiatives, as recommended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These events will focus particularly on the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri's death and the opportunities for Italian businesses offered by the British market.