"Certainly Basilicata, together with neighboring Puglia, will be able to play an increasingly important role in relations between Italy and our country". The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Albania Arben Imami participated, in Potenza, in the work of the Italian Atlantic Committee, calling it "an important piece for security, in this very fragile moment".
Then he commented on the affairs of the house: "Italy has strongly supported Albania's long transition process from a dictatorial state to a democracy. Also thanks to this contribution, Albania is now a member of NATO and aims to enter the European Union soon. The sharing with Italy of the military presence in Afghanistan - said Imami - is a testimony of the valid and effective collaboration between our countries ". The meeting was closed by Senator Emilio Colombo, honorary president of the Italian Atlantic Committee (which has been conducting study, training and information on political issues for over 12 years), concluding the conference on "Security and cooperation in the Mediterranean" organized by the Club Atlantico Lucano. foreign, security and international economy related to the Atlantic Alliance, with particular reference to Italy's role in NATO). Columbus said that over the past 60 years after the Schuman Declaration, the 'European project' appears to be a great technical and organizational architecture devoid of identity, soul or memory. The failure of this political enterprise is the bitter fruit of the misunderstood perception of oneself and of the sense of one's own history that has soon exhausted the moral energies of the founding fathers, generating the prudences and hypocrisies that have so far characterized the European approach to the South of Mediterranean". The critical analysis of Colombo then focused on the objective of security and stability in the Mediterranean: "It is necessary to resume and relaunch the" political project "that the great builders of Europe had foreshadowed, on the basis of real cooperation and a genuine partnership. The project of a Europe called to play an incisive and recognizable role of guarantor of peace and cradle of the values of freedom and justice. Only by completing the unfinished project of European construction, from the Balkans to the Mediterranean, will it be possible to see clearly the new horizon of North-South cooperation and the challenges of today's globalization. It is a project - said Colombo - that does not exclude and indeed requires, a close synergy of action between the European Union and NATO which, precisely in the quadrant of the enlarged Mediterranean could and should re-launch a new strategic partnership ". Accompanied by the general manager of the Albanian Ministry of Defense Shkelqim Bersha and by the Albanian defense officer in Italy with the. llirjan Balliu, Minister Imami has among others met with the President of the Basilicata Region De Filippo and the mayor of Potenza Vito Santarsiero. "As a member of the Albanian government I had the opportunity to meet many Lucan mayors. Certainly - said Imami - the visit to President De Filippo seals the will of our government to deepen relations with this region ". De Filippo, for his part, touched on the themes of security and relations with Albania: “There is a very deep and ancient history of relations with your land that is today intertwined with large and serious security problems. Italy and Albania will surely be able to perform very important functions in the difficult mission of the sea garrison. A sea that must increasingly be a place of relationships and we hope for tolerance and peace. There are also many possibilities to increase relations in the sectors of the economy, energy, agriculture, tourism and culture. Basilicata has constant business relations with Albania and I hope - concluded De Filippo - that the visit to Basilicata, together with the important conference of the Italian Atlantic Committee, can arouse new and deeper interests for our land ". For mayor Santarsiero, a member of the Committee of the Regions, "the Mediterranean is a subject strongly felt at European level. Europe begins to perceive it as an opportunity. The peoples that face it are finding themselves, almost naturally, with the cultures and traditions that come together to merge in the Lucanian realities ranging from Pollino to Vulture. Having converging objectives is a further demonstration ".
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