"It is incomprehensible that there is not yet a convention between Italy and Albania, faced with the bonds not only of friendship but of strong economic exchange between the two countries", Senator Tommaso Nannicini told Albania News in ainterview some weeks ago.
Today, in addition to continuing the commitment made with the Albanians of Italy, Nannicini supports Gerarta Ballo, our candidate for the European Parliament.
"I came to know about the pension problem thanks to Geri, with her we studied the issue and thought about how to unlock it", says Nannicini for Albania News.
"Now the Italian-Albanian community has the great opportunity to elect to the European Parliament a member of parliament who is sensitive to this issue, as well as others concerning the diasporas and the new Italians", continues Nannicini.
Many thousands of Albanians make contributions in Italy since the 1990s, often having paid them for years in Albania before emigrating. And yet, after a lifetime of work, they are now faced with the problem of recognizing the pension right. Senator Tommaso Nannicini and Geri Ballo worked on the so-called "Nannicini amendment", intended for those who live and work in Italy for many years and have Albanian citizenship or dual citizenship.
The amendment aims to make a convention possible also with Albania - as has already been done with other non-EU countries - and provides for an allocation of 20 million for the signing of a bilateral Italy-Albania convention. "What is lacking - says Nannicini - is an agreement between the two states, which ensures that everyone recognizes the contributions paid in the other and that the contributions can be combined to give the Albanians the right to a pension in Italy".
In conclusion, Nannicini underlines: "It is crucial, for 600 thousand people, that the amendment goes ahead. I know it is a very important battle because many Albanians have written to me. I will go to meet them one by one and I will urge them to network. We all start by supporting Geri's candidacy. From Brussels it will be able to give a great help to this battle of civilizations for all the people who, after a lifetime of work, are today in suspense waiting for the recognition, by their two countries, of the sacrifices made to contribute, with the Italians , to the growth of Italy ".
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