02/03/2009 Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi is due to make his maiden trip to Italy, in his capacity as chairman of the African Union, in order to take part in the G8 working sessions on the third day of the Summit, when the leaders of the main African countries and of the African Union have been invited to attend.
24/02/2009 In the course of the Franco-Italian summit, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy dwelt at some length on the issues on the agenda at the G8 Summit on La Maddalena in July, with Italy's proposal to involve the emerging countries in the G8's work at the top of the list
23/02/2009 In an interview carried in Paris daily Le Figaro ahead of talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi illustrates Italy's proposals for a "variable geometry" summit designed to be inclusive and open to the emerging economies. The Italian Presidency's plan include support for the economy of the West Bank.
22/02/2009 Leaders of the G20 group's European members, meeting in Berlin, evinced the will to strongly coordinate their proposals and decisions, as both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had occasion to stress.
19/02/2009 The Italian and British Prime Ministers stressed the need for a coordinated approach to the global crisis. The two leaders' talks also focussed on the issues on the agenda at the forthcoming G8 summit, due to be held on the island of La Maddalena in July.
18/02/2009 The Italian duty Presidency aims to place the social and human aspects of the crisis at the centre of the debate. In addition to the eight major countries, the Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, Mexican, South African and Egyptian labour ministers and international organisations such as the ILO, the OECD and the IMF will be attending the meeting.
14/02/2009 Imparting a fresh boost to growth and employment, considering the stabilisation of the economy and markets a priority, and averting protectionism: these are the core conclusions reached at the meeting of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Rome on 13 - 14 February.
12/02/2009 The G8's first ministerial session is to get under way in Rome tomorrow. The Finance Ministers and Central Bank directors of the G7 Countries (Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States) will be joined by their counterparts from the Russian Federation for certain specific sessions. Their talks are going to focus on the financial and economic crisis, and on the action required to stabilise the global economy.
10/02/2009 "Italy wants to promote an approach based on a partnership among equals, getting the African countries involved in such issues as the environment, energy, food security, infrastructures and security". That is the message that Foreign Minister Franco Frattini delivered to the Angolan President and to the other political leaders with whom he met in Luanda today.
07/02/2009 Foreign Minister Frattini truly believes that better-structured dialogue with all of the leading players on the international stage can forge the embryo of a future global governance. He illustrated Italy's proposals for an inclusive and co-responsible approach to the global challenges in an address to a seminar organised by Confindustria.
06/02/2009 The French delegation, led by President Sarkozy’s chief of protocol, toured the July G8 Summit sites in the first week of February.
04/02/2009 Speaking at the inauguration of the academic year at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini outlined the policies for Italy’s year as G8 President and possible ways for bringing the international institutions closer to the general public.
27/01/2009 The telephone conversation between Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and British Secretary of State for International Development Douglas Alexander focused on the Global Partnership on Agriculture and Food Security, international finance and humanitarian aid for Gaza.
23/01/2009 Food emergency and the rising price of raw materials are going to be on the agenda at Cison di Valmarino, in the province of Treviso, from 18 to 20 April. According to Minister Zaia, the two priorities are putting farming back in the centre of things and boosting agricultural output in developing countries.
12/01/2009 This meeting will be the first ministerial session of the G8 Summit. According to the calendar finalised to date, it will be followed by a meeting of Labour Ministers in Rome from 29 to 31 March. A meeting devoted to agriculture is also on the agenda for the very first time in the G8's history.