President Klaus Iohannis will pat an official visit to Italy on April 27. Italy presently hosts the greatest Romanian community outside the Romanian borders. Iohannis’ agenda includes a meeting with his Italian counterpart and with the Prime Minister of the country, as well as a meeting with representatives of the Romanian community.
Sources in politics declared on Saturday for Mediafax that President Klaus Iohannis will be on April 27 in Rome, based on an invitation made by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Besides meetings with officials of Italy, the Head of the State will meet the representatives of the Romanian community in this country.
The visit to be made by President Klaus Iohannis to Rome is all the more important as, during the elections of November 2014, the highest number of Romanians from the Diaspora that attended the ballot was registered in Italy. Thus, at the second round of the Presidential elections, 96,600 Romanians attended the ballot in Italy, and 85,579 of them (88.59 per cent) voted for Klaus Iohannis.
Moreover, in major Italian cities, such as Turin, Rome or Milan, there were endless rows at the voting stations for both rounds of the Presidential elections, and there were incidents as well, caused by Romanians’ impossibility to exercise their right to vote.
Klaus Iohannis earned 89.73 per cent of the votes of Romanians living abroad, under the circumstances that 377,651 Romanians living outside the borders of their home country attended the ballot. He won the elections at all voting stations abroad, except for the one in Palestine.
The data collected at the latest census reveals that there are over 341,200 Romanians living in Italy.
Since starting the term in December, the Romanian President had attended official visits in France, Germany, Poland, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
His next foreign visit will be perhaps the one in May, in Spain, another country with a powerful Romanian community.