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Italy-Germany, Buck (Ahk) to Nova: "With the Action Plan the two countries become strategic partners"

The managing director of the Italian-German Chamber of Commerce adds: "We believe that the immediate benefits will be concrete actions and we hope that we can work immediately to materialize some projects"

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Italy and Germany have a "consolidated and growing" collaboration on an economic level and now, thanks to the signing of the Action Plan, the two countries have also become strategic partners on a political level. Jorg Buck, managing director of the Italian-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK), declared it in an interview with "Nova Agency" focused on the Action Plan, the document that strengthens collaboration between Rome e Berlin signed during the intergovernmental summit of last November 22nd. “The plan is called 'action' and, precisely for this reason, we believe that the immediate benefits will be concrete actions and we hope that we can work immediately to materialize some projects,” said Buck. The first step will be to strengthen contacts at a political level: “There will be meetings in many formats, at the level of foreign policy, defense and security. On the economic side, however, there will be the annual forum organized by the German Ministry of Business and Made in Italy and the Ministry of Economy and Environment , one of the innovations envisaged by the Action Plan, which will be "a continuation of an already existing format which provides for the participation of the two ministers, the Confindustria and business associations. They are already practiced training, and now we move on to very high-level participation of the respective ministries which will allow us to talk about macroeconomic issues and discuss important issues at a political level. Energy has been a major theme in the last few meetings and I'm sure we will move forward,” Buck said.


Precisely on the subject of energy, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni spoke about the opportunities for cooperation in the sector during the intergovernmental summit on 22 November, in particular thanks to the SouthH2 Corridor. The project, started by Italy, Austria e Germany, effectively envisages the creation of a southern gas and hydrogen corridor in the EU thanks to the cooperation between four major European operators: the Italian Snam, Austrian companies Tags e Gca and the German Bayernets. “The advantage of the South2 Corridor is that the infrastructure is already there, and can address an important issue for our partnership, which is hydrogen. We as the Chamber of Commerce support the position that sees Italy as a future energy hub for all of Europe. Italy and Germany are the two industrial giants in Europe and we need to guarantee our energy supply: for this very reason any project in this sector is very important,” said Buck. “The South2 Corridor, in addition to exploiting an already existing infrastructure, supports the energy transformation process underway in Europe. Thanks to this project it will be possible to strengthen economic and strategic ties with the countries of North Africa and distribute the value chain: it will be possible to produce, where possible, green energy and, subsequently, bring it to central Europe. We are very convinced about the possibility of moving forward with this project and we hope for concrete results."

Italy has a well-established position in European aerospace history but, as specified by the Minister of Business and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso, wants to strengthen its partnership in the sector also with Germany. “The sector is important for our bilateral partnership but also at a European level and for the common economy: all the investments made in research, development and innovation bring ideas for many other sectors. As regards cooperation, we are sure that, in whatever form it takes place, there will be a concrete future in the relationship between the two countries. We are already seeing the first projects, including in the military sector, and I am sure that the next step will be to specialize while taking into account existing skills", said the Chamber of Commerce councilor. Italy and Germany, alongside France, have started a close dialogue in two non-negligible aspects of the macro innovation sector: critical raw materials and artificial intelligence.

“The important basis for moving forward on these issues is a synchronized industrial policy between Germany and Italy. At European level there are several IPCEIs (Important Projects of Common European Interest) in the development of batteries, semiconductors and hydrogen. In these projects, Italy and Germany are present and support each other", explained the councilor, announcing an important event that will be held in Rome on December 19th to discuss the Action Plan: "The diplomatic representations will be present and we will involve businesses and politics with the aim of discussing all aspects of the Action Plan and how this new document will contribute to strengthening relations between the two countries".

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