Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) travels to Rome on Tuesday for talks with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. The bilateral exchange will focus, among other things, on the topics of asylum and migration, also with a view to the European Council in June, where migration issues are on the agenda.
After the conversation in the government seat, Palazzo Chigi, a statement by Meloni and Nehammer is planned at 4 p.m., according to the visit program. Journalists’ questions are not foreseen. A debriefing with Nehammer is planned at 5:15 p.m. in the Austrian embassy. The Chancellor travels back to Vienna on Tuesday evening.
Italy is currently severely affected by migrant arrivals. On April 11, the Italian Council of Ministers decided to declare a state of emergency for the entire national territory for six months. From January 1, 2023 to April 11, 2023, according to official figures from the General Directorate of Public Security, the arrival of 31,292 people was recorded. In the same period of 2022 there were 7,928, the year before 8,505.
The 46-year-old Roman Meloni has been in office since October last year. The post-fascist won the election at the end of September by a landslide. Meloni’s ruling Fratelli d’Italia party forms a coalition with Matteo Salvini’s right-wing populist League and Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Forza Italia. It is considered the most right-wing government in Italian republican history.
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