Monday 11 July 2022 – 19:46
Della Vidova opens the Italian Consulate in Manchester
Commitment to support Italians in Great Britain
ROME, July 11 (askanews) – The Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Benedetto Della Vidova, today inaugurated the Consulate of Italy in Manchester, during a ceremony that witnessed a large presence of the British authorities and representatives of the Italian community in the United Kingdom.
Together with Italy’s Ambassador in London, Raffaele Trombetta, Italy’s Consul, Matteo Corradini, and Director General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies, Luigi Maria Vignali, Under Secretary della Vidova, she shed light on how the Consular Office in Manchester operates, third after these. In Edinburgh and London, it will make contact with his compatriots residing in the north of England easier and more direct. At the same time, this institutional presence in Central Britain will enhance interactions between Italian actors and British authorities and increase the already excellent cultural, commercial, academic and scientific links.
After meeting with representatives of his countrymen, Under Secretary Della Vidova reiterated his firm commitment to supporting Italians in the post-Brexit UK, while Director General Vignali expressed his appreciation for the continued work undertaken in recent years by Farnesina and the Consular Network. It is possible to improve the level of services provided in the country compared to the approximately 500,000 Italians registered with AIRE.
The British Undersecretary for Safe Migration Kevin Foster also participated in the opening, with Undersecretary Della Vidova holding a bilateral meeting with him in which the importance of protecting the rights of Italian citizens in the Kingdom was discussed. United by the Withdrawal Agreement, the need to continue to facilitate the movement of students and scholars involved and joint welcoming efforts on behalf of Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion.
The Consulate in Manchester will cover the area from Birmingham to the border with Scotland as well as the Isle of Man, a constituency that currently has just under 110,000 AIRE members spread across the territory. She will report to the Consular Offices in Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham and Hull.
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