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Message of condolences of President Mattarella to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Erdogan
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The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent the following message to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

«I learnt with profound sorrow of the latest vile attack on defenceless citizens perpetrated last night in the city of Istanbul and, on behalf of myself and of the Italian people, I would like to convey to you my sentiments of grief and my deepest sympathy.
Fundamentalist terrorism has once again directed its destructive fury with the aim of claiming as many defenceless lives as possible and of threatening the tranquillity of each one of us, in every Country, in every place.
Italy stands by Turkey, in the profound awareness that it is necessary to continue combating the barbarity of terrorism with the required firmness and also by continuously affirming, in all possible contexts, the value of liberty and the rule of law, two founding values of democratic coexistence and cohesion that fundamentalism aims to disrupt.
It is with these sentiments that I renew to you, Mr President, to the families of the victims and to the persons injured – to whom I wish a prompt and complete recovery – the heartfelt solidarity of all of Italy».

Rome, 1 January 2017
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President Mattarella congratulates the Minister of the Interior for the Sesto San Giovanni operation The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, asked the Minister of the Interior, Marco Minniti, to extend his warm congratulations to the two officers of the State Police, Cristian Movio and Luca Scatà, for the professionalism and courage with which they conducted the operation last night in Sesto San Giovanni.

The Head of State furthermore asked the Minister of the Interior to extend his best wishes to Agent Movio for a prompt recovery.

Rome, 23 December 2016
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The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, released the following statement:

«News of the identification of Fabrizia Di Lorenzo as one of the victims of the Berlin massacre confirms our worst fears of the past few days.

The grief for her death is great. Once again, a young fellow-Italian is the victim of the senseless and abominable violence of terrorism perpetrated abroad. I express to Fabrizia’s parents and brother the solidarity and sympathy of the whole Country.»

Rome, 22 December 2016

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Egregio Presidente Mattarella,

sono una dei 1661 lavoratori licenziati da Almaviva Contact qui a Roma.

Abbiamo inviato nella giornata odierna, dopo analoga comunicazione nella giornata di ieri, una corposa email al Viceministro allo Sviluppo Economico Teresa Bellanova, per chiederle di bloccare il voto sconsiderato delle rsu di Roma a proseguire la trattativa con l'azienda.

Ci ha dato lei stessa l'idea di muoverci, dopo aver rilasciato l'altro ieri un'intervista a Unomattina dove si dichiarava possibilista nell'esercitare il suo potere di veto, anche se aveva delle riserve, in virtu' dei no all'accordo, seppur minoritari.

I 590 si alla proroga della discussione scaturiti dal referendum tenutosi presso la Cgil territoriale il 29 dicembre scorso, hanno decretato una chiara posizione di noi lavoratori.

La maggioranza di noi e' altresi' favorevole al controllo a distanza, seppur non vessatorio e pretestuoso per noi lavoratori e all'abbassamento del costo del lavoro.

Come abbiamo gia' scritto all'Onorevole Bellanova I part-time a 4 ore non dovranno scendere sotto gli 8600 euro, per evitare di perdere il bonus Renzi.

Presidente, ci appelliamo anche a lei che ha a cuore il bene del nostro Paese, le chiediamo d'interessarsi al nostro caso e d'intervenire sul Governo tutto, per la buona soluzione della nostra vertenza che ha assunto aspetti surreali!

Le assicuriamo che avra' il plauso e il ringraziamento della maggioranza dei lavoratori di Almaviva Contact Roma

Un caro cordiale saluto,

Buon Anno

Laura Farci

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19th of December - Quirinale Palace

Address given by the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, on the occasion of the exchange of greetings with the Diplomatic Corps

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Poteva fare ha meno per gli auguri ,dopo una strage di morti ,poteva rivolgere una parola di confoto alle famiglie colpite,perche' io ne so'qualcosa.
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The President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella received the Honorable Paolo Gentiloni, who accepted to form the Government

The President of the Republic received this afternoon at the Quirinale Palace the Honorable Paolo Gentiloni, who gave his unreserved decision to accept to form a new government and submitted a list of Ministers to the President of the Republic, pursuant to Art.92 of the Italian Constitution.

Mr. Gentiloni and his Cabinet will be sworn in today at the Quirinale Palace at 8:00 p.m.

The Prime Minister will now disclose his team of ministers.

Rome, 12 December 2016
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Message of condolence from President Mattarella to President Erdogan

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The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent the following message to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

«To my great dismay, I learnt of the two vile bombings that took place in Istanbul yesterday and that once again claimed the life of innocent victims.

In such a sorrowful moment for Turkey, my warm-hearted thoughts, along with those of all the Italian people, go to victims, to their families and to the numerous people injured, to whom I wish a prompt recovery.

Italy stands by Turkey and our friends, the people of Turkey, in firmly condemning all forms of violence in the conviction that only through a common and shared effort will we be able to defeat terrorism and those who instigate this barbaric spiralling of violence.

It is with these sentiments that I renew my sincerest expressions of solidarity and sympathy to you, to the Police Forces and to all your fellow-citizens».

Rome, 11 December 2016

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11th of December - Quirinale Palace

President Mattarella receveid Mr. Paolo Gentiloni at Quirinale Palace and gave him the task of forming a new government. Paolo Gentiloni reserved to accept
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31th of December - Quirinale Palace

End-of-year address by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella
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Tanti auguri di un sereno 2017 Presidente Mattarella , discorso splendido la ringrazio molto. Di cuore rinnovo i miei più cari auguri di Buon Anno
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Address by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, at the presentation of the Christmas and Happy New Year wishes by the Diplomatic Corps

Quirinale Palace, 19 December 2016

Most Excellent Dean,

Mister Minister,

Messieurs Presidents of the Parliamentary Committees

Messieurs and Mesdames Ambassadors,

young officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

I would like to thank the Dean for the wishes that he, on behalf of all the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited with the Quirinale, has conveyed to Italy and to me personally.

Which I reciprocate with great cordiality.

A year ago, we met hoping that the international community would be capable of responding to the challenges posed by globalisation, a process increasingly complex to govern, with renewed effectiveness, and through an increasingly cooperative, constructive and informed management.

This hope, perhaps even more so today, still holds.

The year that is now coming to an end has unfortunately seen some worrying tendencies towards instability confirmed.

Terrorism does not cease to claim innocent lives and the recent attacks in Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, and Nigeria are only the latest testimony to this dramatic chain of acts of extremism and of destructive rage.

The migration phenomenon, fuelled by crisis scenarios, marked differences in the distribution of wellbeing and the gaping demographic divide, constitute an unmet challenge for our consciences and for our societies, which up to now have been incapable of elaborating an adequate, sustainable, and lasting response.

The inadequacy of the attempts made to solve the crises – both old and new – continues to reveal the limitedness of an international action that fails to draw inspiration from long-sighted visions; actions that, far from issuing from shared and judicious intentions, instead represent the result of summary, and at times incoherent, short-lived ambitions.

The agony of Aleppo – by confirming how modern warfare is essentially fought at the expense of civilians, families, and blameless children – is a wound in our every conscience and bears witness to how the sleep of reason truly produces monsters.

To make a brief analysis of the many international developments, past and underway, in the year that is now coming to an end, would be entirely out of place in front of an audience such as this. I would rather appeal to the deep-set meaning of your diplomatic cause to underline how, in the present international scenario, the aspects peculiar to your activity are even more valuable and sometimes bear the burden of not being effectively borne out by the facts.

Diplomacy is the art of understanding events and of listening, debating and pursuing valid agreements. It owes its very existence to the capacity of conveying messages across geographic, cultural, and linguistic borders. It is the art of exploring, by negotiating, innovative solutions, capable of striking an equilibrium between positions that may also appear to be very far-distanced and irreconcilable.

Today, we feel the increasingly pressing need to listen to everybody’s reasons, and to engage in a dialogue, intended in the broadest sense possible.

Paradoxically, in a world in which modern technologies and social media have breached the barriers of time and space, our capacity to dialogue, to understand other people’s views and, therefore to mediate, seems to have been gradually reduced.

The exponential growth in the communication systems we dispose of, in and of itself, represents a step forward of exceptional importance for the whole of mankind, taken at a speed unprecedented in history.

It marks an epochal progress also in the light of its capillary diffusion throughout all the Continents, often regardless of the level of wellbeing of single Countries.

It is an undeniably positive progress, which has enabled increasingly larger segments of the world’s population to concretely participate in the life of their respective societies, contributing to their growth and delving into the complexity of the world, with greater awareness of their condition and rights.

This broad sharing of events – which has certainly made human difficulties, aspirations and dramas better, if not universally, known – has not been matched, at the same pace, by an enhanced capacity to understand the problems, to dialogue with others and to analyse the deep-set causes of the phenomena that characterise our epoch. On the contrary, at times it seems that the new way of communicating has entailed a dangerous tendency to very quickly crystallise the positions expressed and, at the same time, to make them immediately obsolete, in a liquid global society that sometimes seems to shirk from an authentic and profound debate.

We risk living in an eternal present with no roots in the past and without clear aspirations for the future: in it, contemporary life storms in with its wars, its tragedies, terror, and without an international community apparently capable of adequately shouldering its responsibilities at the service of peoples and persons, in accordance with the principle of respecting human individuals as the fulcrum of the peace that the Dean referred to just a few minutes ago.

Understanding events that originate in different parts of the planet, the capacity of paying attention and listening, which are made possible by an authentically open mindset, is instead part of your heritage as diplomats.

After all, the art of settlement – a key element of your profession – is also the cornerstone of democracy. It is the essential behavioural criterion that enables the mechanisms of complex and delicate political and institutional systems to fulfil their duties without jamming. It is an element that – in the world we live in – proves to be ever-more indispensable.

Most Excellent Dean,

Messieurs and Mesdames Ambassadors,

For Italy, the traditional points of reference – European integration and transatlantic relations – continue to represent an extremely solid international anchor and a source of elaboration and inspiration also for the future.

I am certain that every one of you have reported, with your customary punctuality, on the stands that Italy has taken in Europe and on the events that have marked this now ending year, starting with Britain’s announced decision to open negotiations with the European Union on its exit – after almost half a century – a circumstance that undoubtedly marks an element of discontinuity in the history of European integration.

However, we should not forget, not even for a moment, what the Union has represented during these years, a fact that – too often – is taken for granted without even considering its historic relevance: a political institution that has promoted peace, prosperity, and economic and social growth for more than sixty years, throughout and around the European continent.

A balance that has contributed to overcome deep lacerations, the most recent of which in the Western Balkans, in the sign of the prospect of integration that Italy continues to staunchly support.

This is the real and profound meaning of the moment of reflection and confirmation which will take place in Rome next 25th of March in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties that founded the European Communities.

It is our duty to remind everybody that these foundations are the fruit of achievements laboriously pursued during these decades, and that represent the utmost guarantee for the future of younger generations. It is an effort that every generation is called upon to renew, consolidate and advocate.

The future lying ahead is consistent with the path covered by our Republic and by the Union: a future of peace and open to dialogue with our neighbours and especially – as far as Italy is concerned – with the Countries of Africa and of the Mediterranean, a sea that – as Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, in his former capacity as Foreign Minister, repeatedly underscored – must no longer be the epicentre of crises but become a barycentre of opportunities.

Real opportunities, to be exploited together, thus favouring stability and dialogue in the Countries that need them most; but, at the same time, contributing to relaunch economic activities hinging on the development of infrastructure networks and the sharing of energy sources, to the benefit of both Southern and Northern Countries.

We have contributed with determination to a new political phase in the European Union’s relations with Africa. We favourably welcome and continue to work towards the achievement of agreements aimed at strengthening the partnership between Continents, in the conviction that the issue of sustainable growth, a fair distribution of resources, and the same migration phenomenon, needs far-sighted responses, primarily in the Countries in the areas from which these issues prevalently originate.

Investing in the development of Africa means investing in the future of Europe, because the migration issue – perhaps more than any other – represents the cultural challenge of our time, both for the Countries which so many people leave behind – making them poorer – and also for those that host them.

On these issues, and especially on the need to tackle together the continuous arrival of migrants on our coasts, we have called on the solidarity of Europe because Italy, in this emergency, represents the border of Europe.

This is why we urge the strengthening of common structures in the sign of an integration that – to meet the needs loudly voiced by its citizens – must make forward-looking, concrete and visible decisions.

Of course, this does not only apply to migration but also to our common security and defence, a sector in which some initial steps have finally been taken.

These steps, in order to be credible, must ultimately be enforced.

Also Europe’s economic architecture must be decisively pushed forward in order to offset the accumulation of disequilibria and prevent them from producing divides that further disrupt our societies, undermining their cohesion.

Most Excellent Dean,

Messieurs and Mesdames Ambassadors,

In 2017, Italy will hold the rotating Chair of the G7 and will sit on the United Nations Security Council.

In line with and furthering the fundamental direction of our foreign policy, we intend to carry out these tasks with the same responsibility with which we have always tried to identify our Country’s international actions.

2017 does not herald to be an easy year.

The difficult resolution of crisis scenarios – around the Mediterranean as well as in Eastern Europe – compounds with the growing friction in Asia, and with the emergence of misunderstandings in trade relations between large regions of the world. We will staunchly commit to firstly contribute to developing a method: that of “effective multilateralism”. This method has constantly guided our diplomacy, highlighting the reasons of dialogue and mutual understanding, in the certainty that detailed studies and analyses might always concur in developing fair and long-lasting solutions, based on the concept of collective responsibility.

Commitment, dialogue, listening and responsibility are not abstract concepts. They underpin any positive turn in international relations. We have recently received an authoritative confirmation of this in the words uttered by Colombian President Santos Calderòn, when he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize. The peace process that put an end to that bloody conflict constitutes an enlightening example of the effective possibility of resolving crises that, with their heavy death toll, have marked the fate of whole generations for decades.

Most Excellent Dean,

Messieurs and Mesdames Ambassadors,

Today, more than ever, the profession to which you devote your daily lives requires vision, wisdom, and far-sightedness in order to identify risks but also to grasp the many opportunities that are often within easier reach than we can imagine.

As I recalled, this period is characterised by crises, old and new, but also by signs of detente and hope, which we must not underestimate.

We need to be supported by the awareness of the need to work for the good of the destiny of Humankind.

There is a direct connection between those who, like you, work outside the borders of their Country of belonging and those who, inside their respective national communities, pursue the identical aim of reinforcing human rights and social cohesion. It is the awareness of the need to seek the broadest and most representative convergence possible in order to make its achievement credible.

I extend to you, your families, and the Countries that you represent, my deepest-felt wishes for the upcoming Festivities.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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16th of December - Quirinale Palace

President Mattarella met the President of the Republic of Colombia Manuel Santos Calderón
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12th of December - Quirinale Palace

President Sergio Mattarella with Mr. Gentiloni and his Cabinet at the swearing in ceremony of the government 
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11th of December - Quirinale Palace

President Sergio Mattarella summoned Mr. Paolo Gentiloni at the Quirinale Palace
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The Quirinale is an active, living palace in our democracy, playing a vital role in the history of the nation, today and in the past, and as such fully deserves its title as the Home of All Italians.

The Quirinale is the place where the President of the Republic carries out its duties, meets the heads of institutions, representatives of other states and international organizations , spokepersons for civil society and citizens .

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