The Prime Minister is expected in the Romagna city on 24 August to speak at the meeting organized by Communion and Liberation. There are many politicians invited to the debates that will confront each other in view of the vote on September 25th: among them 9 ministers, but also Enrico Letta, Giorgia Meloni, Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini
Debates, panels and many guests. Never before has the Rimini Meeting, scheduled from 20 to 25 August and now in its 43rd edition, really marked the restart of Italian politics after the summer break. Organized by Communion and Liberation, the meeting, which will be entitled “A passion for man”, will in fact be marked by the presence of many guests, who will also – and perhaps above all – confront each other in view of the vote on September 25th.
Who will be there
Among all, the presence of Prime Minister Mario Draghi stands out, in his third participation and first as prime minister, who will be in Rimini on Wednesday 24 August. His 2020 speech, where he spoke of “good debt” and “bad debt”, was a sort of programmatic manifesto of his future government, which arrived only at the beginning of 2021. In addition to analyzing the right expenses to be made to get out of the pandemic crisis , the current Prime Minister also spoke to the people of CL about the need for economic growth capable of respecting the environment and the person, income security and long-term sustainability; all factors that marked his subsequent government action. In addition to the premier and nine ministers, the main political leaders will also be present: in fact, Luigi Di Maio, Enrico Letta, Maurizio Lupi, Giorgia Meloni, Ettore Rosato, Matteo Salvini and Antonio Tajani will also be in Rimini, who will meet in attendance on Tuesday 23 at 12. While the arrival of other leaders in the city of Romagna is not to be excluded, the presence of local authorities is certain: in fact, on 22 August at 5 pm the governors of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Marche, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria and the province of Trento will discuss the issues of the NRP and the development of the territories. Among the other guests present are the president of the Consulta Giuliano Amato (on 22/8 at 12 noon); the European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni and the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola (on 20/8 at 3 pm); Minister Roberto Speranza (also on 8/20 at 7 pm), former trade unionist Marco Bentivogli, coordinator of Base Italia (8/25 at 1 pm) and the director of Republic Maurizio Molinari (on 21/8 at 5 pm).
In addition to politics, which will mark many days of the Meeting, there are also meetings and debates on the main issues that have dominated the scene in this last period. An example is the pandemic: many meetings will be dedicated to Covid, both as the cause of a widespread way of rethinking society and as a future scenario with which it will be necessary to live together (in this sense, the meeting dedicated to vaccination campaigns, on 24 August at 5 pm, in which Guido Bertolaso and General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo will participate). Hot topics are also the economic restart next autumn, which will be marked by an increase in the price of bills caused by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the unrest in the world of work, with the unions announcing a general strike for the autumn. regardless of who will be in government. On the latter issue, the “Future of work” meeting on 25 August at 12 am with Cristina Scocchia, CEO of Illycaffè and Director of ExxilorLuxottica, should be noted. Equally important is the opening of the Meeting on 20 August with two panels dedicated to two very hot areas of the world, such as Russia and the Holy Land, which will be attended by the Apostolic Nuncio in Moscow and the Patriarch of Jerusalem. There is also ample space for science: panels dedicated to the man-machine relationship and research in deep space, to which two moments will be dedicated respectively, should be noted. The first will be on 25 August at 12 with the professor of the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome Paolo Benanti and the second on 23 at 21 with the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics John Mather.
Zuppi and interreligious dialogue
Much awaited is the speech of the cardinal of Bologna, Monsignor Zuppi, who also holds the office of president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference. However, it is not his first time, considering the Italian social and political context: a speech full of indications and ideas is expected also in view of the electoral appointment, given that he represents all Italian bishops for the first time. In fact, although the Meeting no longer expresses clear and precise political indications, it is still important today to participate “to listen and understand who really cares about the common good”, as one of the organizers points out. Obviously, an important space dedicated to interreligious dialogue cannot be missing at a time of particular tensions in the Middle East: in fact, Muhammad Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, Secretary General of the World Muslim League, will be in Rimini.