C o m m u n i q u é
The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent the following message to the President-elect of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron:
«On the occasion of your election as President of the French Republic, on behalf of myself and of all the Italian people, allow me to express my most heartfelt congratulations for your electoral victory and the best wishes for complete success in performing your important mandate.
Your election to the presidency constitutes proof of the confidence for the future and a signal of adhering to the ideal of continental integration. It is a particularly important signal because it comes only a few weeks after the summit of the Heads of State and Government who, in Rome, celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Treaties establishing the European Union.
France and Italy are now called upon to make a decisive, concrete and far-sighted contribution to the fundamental process of relaunching our common European Home. It is the responsibility of our Countries, the founding members of the EU, to give new energy and new impulse towards achieving the dream of the founding fathers, meeting the needs of our citizens and affirming the voice of a united Europe in the world. Only in the light of this tradition, which also includes our common belonging to the Atlantic Alliance, will we be able to overcome the ever-more complex challenges faced by our societies.
Our Countries are bound by historical, cultural, human, political and economic ties that are uniquely intense and dynamic within Europe. I am certain that, in the course of your mandate, we will find numerous opportunities to build on these age-old ties, an irreplaceable foundation for our bilateral relations and a sure source of inspiration for their further reinforcement.
While looking forward to meeting you in Taormina at the G7 Summit, and wishing to welcome you soon during your first visit to Rome, I take this opportunity to renew, on behalf of myself and of Italy, my sincerest congratulations and heartfelt wishes for your personal wellbeing and for that of our friends, the people of France.»
Rome, 8 May 2017