President, Emilia-Romagna is one of the Italian regions with the highest concentration of resident Albanian citizens: more than 60 thousand, most of them resident in its region for some time. More and more often they make the leap into the world of entrepreneurship and liberal professions. Do you consider it a positive model?
Indeed it is. This is Emilia-Romagna and this is the society that we want to keep growing. The one in which those who have ideas and desire to do and build have space to do so and support from the institutions, acquiring rights but also duties to be respected. We need to invest in new businesses in all sectors of the regional economy and those who choose to do business here I think find the right conditions to do it. More and more in recent years we have seen large international and Italian groups decide to invest in Emilia-Romagna, it is positive that our production fabric, based on small and medium-sized enterprises, can also strengthen with those who, coming from abroad, can integrate, contributing to growth and new employment.
In these hours on Facebook Albanian citizens residing in Emilia-Romagna joke about the answers to be given to Salvini if they find him at home as happened to the alleged drug dealer Tunisian. Behind the playful tone we can see the desire to exorcise the dark times of the nineties, in which the Albanians were the criminals par excellence and the Northern League papered the cities of Northern Italy with posters that asked to stop the invasion.
Yesterday in one of the many public meetings that I am having in the election campaign, a lady at the entrance of a building in dialect told me: "President, sound to me, you can do it!". I smiled, but what happened is unacceptable. That it is possible to play at the home of a private citizen, among other things by involving a minor who anyone is now talking about and who is sewn on a label that risks carrying all his life, cannot be expected to happen in a normal country . If you are aware of a crime, report it to the police and ask for their intervention, do not do a show with the cameras in tow. Among other things, from those who until a few months was Minister of the Interior: what did you do to improve security in the cities and fight against the drug store? Today the whole neighborhood descends into an indignant square. All my solidarity to that family and to the Pillar and to the Albanian community for the stereotypes of which it has been victim in the past: we also need you to demonstrate what it means to overcome mistrust and truly enter a new society.
The Emilia-Romagna Region is today one of the most active in cooperation with Albania, both for the number and quality of the development projects supported. If you are confirmed as President, do you intend to continue at this rate?
It is a long history of cooperation with Albania. A true relationship of friendship today strengthened by important projects in particular on school and training in Fier and Lushnja. In recent months, the foundations have been laid for new projects. In November we started a collaboration path with the Italian Agency for International Cooperation (AICS) of Tirana for the development of a project in the field of conservation of archaeological and cultural heritage and the enhancement of the historical and cultural heritage of the archaeological area of Bylis ( Municipality of Fier) also through the broadband infrastructure for multimedia tourist services. Full interest in continuing with this rhythm also on another front. In a recent mission in Tirana by Councilor Patrizio Bianchi we offered our total collaboration, both as an Agency for Reconstruction and as a Civil Protection, to share the skills that we gained following the earthquake that hit Emilia-Romagna in 2012 . In this regard, allow me to express to you also closeness and solidarity for the dramatic event that struck you, as I did in the hours immediately following writing to Prime Minister Edi Rama.
A community like the Albanian one - among the most historic and rooted in the Italian territory - looks with particular attention to the second generations, those boys who were born and raised here and speak with a Romagna accent but who must wait for the age of majority to apply for Italian citizenship. You who see in your region grow and train together children born in Italian families and immigrant families, how do you see these young people projecting into the future?
In the meantime, thank you for these questions because they address important issues for your community and for the whole region. Those born in Italy are Italian and, obviously, the children of Italian families and the children of immigrant families who reside and work here must all have the same rights.. My commitment will go systematically in that direction and I wish them all to grow in an open, supportive, dynamic, European and international region. I imagine it this way because the younger generations are like that today, those who are not afraid of change and live it 100% to improve the world. And we must work not to disappoint any of them