06 nov 2018
Spain-Italy Dialogue Forum

Rosell, Merloni and Saura closed The Sixteenth Spain-Italy Dialogue Forum

• The economic relationship between the EU and Latin America was emphasized.

The co-chairman of the Italy-Spain Forum and president of CEOE, Juan Rosell; the co-president of the Forum and president of AREL, Francesco Merloni, and the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, Pedro Saura, closed the Sixteenth Spain-Italy Dialogue Forum at the Palacio de Santoña, which saw the participation of senior officials and numerous representatives of the economic and business worlds from both countries. On November 5 and 6, they discussed issues such as synergies in innovation, European investment in Latin America and the configuration of a logistics and investment platform between the Mediterranean countries and Africa, among others topics.

Spain-Italy Dialogue Forum

The co-chairman of the Italy-Spain Forum and president of CEOE, Juan Rosell; the co-president of the Forum and president of AREL, Francesco Merloni, and the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, Pedro Saura, closed the Sixteenth Spain-Italy Dialogue Forum at the Palacio de Santoña, which saw the participation of senior officials and numerous representatives of the economic and business worlds from both countries. On November 5 and 6, they discussed issues such as synergies in innovation, European investment in Latin America and the configuration of a logistics and investment platform between the Mediterranean countries and Africa, among others topics.

The president of CEOE, Juan Rosell, highlighted the excellent Spanish-Italian bilateral relations and insisted that Spaniards and Italians "understand each other from the minute they start talking". He recalled that Italy and Spain are the third and fourth countries in the Eurozone. He said that Europe must be global and that, together, we should make small borders disappear in order to achieve a strong and cohesive Europe. A Europe that has great challenges ahead, such as improving its own governance with better and fewer laws, because there are too many, in fact, already close to 200,000.

He also acknowledged some other challenges such as the need to address the problem in the event that a member wants to leave the European club and what can be done if this member changes its mind. He referred to the issue of migration and refugees with a plan in the short and medium term, promoting a social Europe and implementing serious polices with solid arguments explaining that nothing is free or easy, but that everything can be achieved because Europe has a culture of hard work. According to Juan Rosell, all this will help the 25 million companies we have in Europe, the continent of the future and where the binomial Spain-Italy has a lot to say.

Francesco Merloni commented on the importance of this kind of meeting and analysed many of the issues that had been discussed during the course of the Forum. He took some time to revisit areas as relevant as business and economic relations between the two countries. In this regard, he pointed out that their synergies could serve as a bridge between Europe and Latin America and also between Europe and Africa.

Pedro Saura addressed the relationship between Italy and Spain from the point of view of infrastructure. He said that the two countries are highly regarded in this field. He also referred to the Mediterranean Corridor as one of the passages where the economic and social return of infrastructures reaches maximum rates and he indicated that these infrastructures must meet 4 primary goals: stability, mobility, security and maximum economic growth in the short and medium term.