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Greece–Italy relations

Greek-Italian relations
Map indicating locations of Greece and Italy

Greece

Italy

Greco-Italian relations refer to NATO, cooperate in many fields and share common political views about the Balkans, and the world. Greece and Italy are leading supporters of the integration of all the Balkan states to the Euro-Atlantic family, and promoted the "Agenda 2014", proposed by the Greek Government in 2004 as part of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Thessaloniki, for boosting the integration of all the Western Balkan states into the European Union by the year 2014, when Greece and Italy assume the rotating Presidency of the European Union for the first and second halves of 2014, respectively.

History

Greek and Italian volunteers in the Greco-Turkish War in 1897.

Due to the strong cultural and historical ties between the two nations, from ancient to modern times (Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome laid the foundations of the Western Civilization and the common heritage strengthened further the bonds between the two nations), Greece and Italy today enjoy excellent diplomatic relations and consider each other a brother nation. In modern times, both countries established diplomatic relations in 1861, immediately upon Italy’s unification. Today, many Greeks live in Italy and many Italians live in Greece.

Overview

Greece has an embassy in Rome, 2 general consulates in Milan and Naples, a consulate in Venice, and 11 honorary consulates in Trieste (General), Turin (General), Ancona, Catania, Livorno, Bari, Bologna, Brindisi, Florence, Palermo, Perugia, and a Port Consulate in Genova. Italy has an embassy in Athens, and 15 honorary consulates in Alexandroupoli, Kefalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu, Corinth, Ioannina, Heraklion, Kavala, Larissa, Patras, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Santorini, and Volos.

Bilateral relations & cooperation

Foreign Minister of Italy Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata and Foreign Minister of Greece Dimitris Avramopoulos in Rome in August 2012
Greece–Italy pipeline. A map showing the approximate locations of natural gas pipelines through Greece to Italy

The 20th century relations were difficult during the inter war period (NATO, the European Union, the Council of Europe, the OECD and the Union for the Mediterranean. Greece is one of Italy's main trade partners and both states are co-operating in many fields, including judicial, scientific and educational, and on mutual tourism development, as both countries have a heavy industry in tourism. There are regular high-level visits between the two countries, and frequent contacts between the two countries ministries and agencies on various matters concerning individual sectors. Big projects currently in running between the two countries include the Greece–Italy pipeline (which is part of the Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy pipeline (ITGI)), and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

Agreements

  • Economic Cooperation (1949)
  • Avoidance of double Taxation (1964)
  • Delimitation of Continental Shelf Boundaries (1977)
  • Protection of the Ionian Sea Marine Environment (1979)
  • Cooperation against Terrorism, Organised Crime, and Drug Trafficking (1986)

Notable Visits

  • January 2006; State Visit of President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Karolos Papoulias to Rome.
  • December 2006; Visit of the Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi to Athens.
  • March 2007; Official Visit of Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to Rome.
  • August 2007; Meeting of Greek Foreign Minister with Italian counterpart Massimo D'Alema in Rome.
  • September 2008; State visit of President of the Italian Republic Mr. Giorgio Napolitano to Athens.
  • August 2012; Visit of the Greek Prime Minister Mr. Antonis Samaras to Rome.
  • September 2012; Visit of President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Karolos Papoulias to Italy.

Transportation

The Italian port cities of Bari, Brindisi, Ancona, Venice and Triest in the Adriatic Sea's Italian coast are connected in an every day basis via passenger Ferries and Freight Ferries, with the Greek port cities of Corfu, Patras, Igoumenitsa and Kalamata, allowing for better transport times by skipping the Balkan peninsula.

See also

External links

  • Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Italy
  • Greek embassy in Rome (in Italian only)
  • Italian embassy in Athens
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