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Visit of Vincenzo Amendola Minister for European Affairs to the USA (10-12 February 2020).



Visit of Vincenzo Amendola Minister for European Affairs to the USA (10-12 February 2020).

Washington, February 12, 2020. The visit to the USA of Vincenzo Amendola Minister for European Affairs ended today. After visiting the United Nations, the Minister came to Washington on 11 and 12 February for meetings with the US Administration and in Congress. The meetings were focused on relations between Italy and the USA in the context of transatlantic ties, also with reference to trade.

The Minister met with Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Trade Policy, Kate Kalutkiewicz, Senator Ron Johnson, Chair of the Committee on Europe, Representatives Bill Keating and Richard Neal, respectively Chair of the Europe Committee and President of the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as Phil Reeker, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia.

In all his meeting, the Minister reiterated the importance of strengthening relations between the United States and Europe in all sectors and recalled the strong Italian support for the dialogue between the European Commission and the US Administration to avoid the spiral of commercial tariffs.

The Minister also met with members of the Italian-American Congressional Delegation, who in recent days addressed a bipartisan letter to the US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, to avoid further tariffs on Italian products.

The Minister spoke at the prestigious Georgetown University on the theme of the future of Europe, illustrating the Italian perspective. During his speech he underlined the strategic importance of the relationship with the USA based on shared values​​and ideals and the priorities of the European Commission in terms of relations with the African continent, the Green New Deal and the digital revolution, "fundamental keys to open the way to a fairer, more prosperous and sustainable future ". "The world - the Minister underlined - is asking for more Europe".