Italian Ambassador to Serbia, Carlo Lo Cascio, has said that Serbia and Italy have strengthened their friendship during the past year, marked by the pandemic and that business relations between the two countries are still at a good level.
In a conversation with the chairman of the parliamentary friendship group with Italy, Jovan Palalic, Lo Cascio said that Italian companies are still interested in doing business in Serbia while thanking Serbia for its support and assistance to Italy in terms of medical equipment; Italy has also responded by sending a team of doctors and medical personnel in Serbia.
Last year, there were additional visits by top state officials, said the Italian Ambassador.
The Ambassador added that Serbia and the Western Balkans belong in the EU, which is of mutual interest, and therefore it is very important that Serbia continues with the initiated reforms, in order to restart and accelerate the accession negotiation process with the EU.
The interlocutors also agreed that the cooperation between Serbia and Italy in the fields of culture, security, innovation and digital technology is important and that there is always room for further improvement.
Palalic underlined that Italy is a sincere friend of Serbia and thanked for the clear, unwavering and consistent support it provides to Serbia in achieving its strategic goal – EU membership.
Palalic also said that the understanding and friendship between the two countries and peoples is reflected in the mutual solidarity expressed during the crisis caused by the pandemic in the previous year.
“Political relations are at the highest level,” Palalic said, adding that he expects further development of economic relations after the crisis subdues.
“More than 600 Italian companies operate in Serbia and employ a large number of locals, which is extremely important for Serbia. Parliamentarians will continue to work on improving the legislative framework in order to further improve the conditions for investments and opening of new Italian companies in Serbia,” Palalic went on to say.
If we talk about parliamentary cooperation, Palalic underlined that it will be important to continue regular cooperation and facilitate visits of parliamentary delegations, both parliamentary friendship groups and working bodies of the Serbian and Italian parliaments.
“Parliamentarians can also play a significant role in further strengthening cooperation between certain regions and cities in Serbia and Italy,” he concluded.
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