ROME --- Italy has officially informed France and other partner countries, by a letter signed by Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini, of its willingness to join the European Intervention Initiative (EI2)
The Italian Government will declare its availability to provide its specific national competence in the security and defence sector in the Mediterranean region.
"This initiative - Minister Guerini said - rests on a strong political will and is intended to strengthen the EU and NATO, two organizations indispensable to secure Europe and European citizens".
The European Intervention Initiative aims to create a common strategic culture among participating countries, while contributing to launch new dynamics aimed at establishing a European defence able to take greater responsibilities to face current threats and challenges.
The initiative - based on the "political interoperability" and strategic anticipation" concepts- was joined, besides France, by Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia and Finland.