Italy – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau to Rome (16 February 2018)


Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will visit Rome on February 16 to launch, together with her counterpart, Sandro Gozi, the high-level working group tasked with preparing a Quirinal Treaty between France and Italy, jointly announced by President Macron and the Italian prime minister on January 11 in Rome.

The aim of the treaty is to give strong impetus to the French-Italian relationship by giving it structure and by providing it with new goals, with both bilateral and European dimensions, in follow up to the French-Italian summit in Lyon on September 27.

The work of the high-level group, whose members include Sylvie Goulard, Pascal Cagni and Gilles Pécoud for France, and Paola Severino, Franco Bassanini and Marco Piantini for Italy, will be coordinated by the two ministers for European affairs within the framework established by the French president and the Italian prime minister, with the aim of concluding the treaty during the next French-Italian summit due to take place in Italy during the second half of 2018.

Prior to the meeting of the working group, the two ministers will discuss the EU’s new post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework as well as key European issues, notably in preparation for the summit on February 23.