Minister for European Affairs Vincenzo Amendola's mission to the USA

Minister for European Affairs, Vincenzo Amendola, has completed his mission to the USA. After his stop at the United Nations, the Minister made a visit to Washington on 11 and 12 February for meetings with the US Administration and Congress. At the centre of the talks were relations between Italy and the USA in the framework of transatlantic relations, also with reference to commercial relations.

The Minister met with Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Trade Policy, Kate Kalutkiewicz, Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, Chairman of the Europe Committee in the Senate, Congressmen Bill Keating and Richard Neal, Chairman of the Europe Committee and Chairman of the Budget Committee at the House, as well as Phil Reeker, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia.

With all interlocutors, the Minister reiterated the wish for a strengthening of relations between the United States and Europe in all sectors and recalled the strong Italian support for the dialogue between the European Commission and the US Administration to avoid the spiral of trade tariffs.

The Minister also met the members of the Italian-American delegation in Congress, who in the past few days had addressed a bipartisan letter to the US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, to avoid the application of further tariffs on Italian products.

The Minister spoke at the prestigious Georgetown University on the theme of the future of Europe, illustrating the Italian perspective. During his speech he stressed the strategic importance of the relationship with the USA based on shared values and ideals and the priorities of the European Commission in terms of relations with the African continent, the Green New Deal and the digital revolution, "fundamental keys to open the way to a fairer, more prosperous and sustainable future". "The world - underlined the Minister - is asking for more Europe".