The installation of a “sportello consolare,” a representative office of the Italian Government, in Florianópolis aims to expand consular services in Santa Catarina for the next semester of 2023. This was the main outcome of the second meeting of the Santa Catarina – Italy Parliamentary Front at the Legislative Assembly (Alesc). The group met on Wednesday (24th) in the presidency of Alesc with the State Government’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Juliano Froehner.
The news of this first achievement was announced by Froehner, who also indicated that Santa Catarina government has further ambitions: the creation of an Italian consulate in Santa Catarina to meet all the demands of the community of Italian descent in the State, which represents 68% of the population.
“Santa Catarina is an international state. Therefore, our goal is to have a consulate, meeting the demands of the Front,” he reiterated.
Deputy Dr. Vicente Caropreso, the Front Coordinator, highlighted that this is a significant advance. He mentioned that one of the Front’s demands is precisely the creation of a Career Consular Agency in the state. The installation of a ‘sportello’ would serve as an intermediate situation between the current one and the “Career Consular Agency”. The latest assumes the sending of specific personnel by the Ministry in Rome.
“The arrival of this office is the first step. The expectation is very high. It is a great step forward for us to host a business office,” said Caropreso, who requested that Secretary Froehner makes the arrival of the “sportello” official, through a letter of intent sent to the Italian government.
About the Parliamentary Front
SC – Italy Parliamentary Front aims to encourage and develop bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as foster economic and social relations and educational exchange programs.
In addition to Caropreso, the Front includes deputies Ana Campagnolo, Jair Miotto, Marcos Vieira, Lunelli, Paulinha, Nilso Berlanda, Volnei Weber, Matheus Cadorin, Altair Silva, Napoleão Bernardes, Ivan Naatz, and Luciane Carminatti.
Source: AL Agency