The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, released the following statement:
"The latest, very serious attacks in Brussels tragically confirm that the targets of fundamentalist terrorism are democratic culture and liberty. I express my condolences for the victims and my most resolute condemnation of these execrable acts of violence.
I reiterate my firm belief that the response to the threat of terrorism must find all the Countries of the European Union solidly united.
We must tackle this crucial challenge with a common strategy taking into consideration all the aspects involved: security, military, cultural, and development cooperation.
At stake are liberty and the future of human coexistence."
Rome, 22 March 2016