The regional council of Veneto (Italy) has voted for a new resolution against the anti-Russia sanctions.
“We adopted the new resolution vigorously protesting against the anti-Russia sanctions; we call for lifting them immediately”, said Councilman Stefano Valdegamberi, one of those who drafted the resolution, is quoted by TASS.
He said the resolution was a result of the work of a special commission that estimated the damage caused by the sanctions supported by Italy. The document indicates that, between 2013 and 2016, Veneto’s exports dropped by 35.6%.
The resolution notes that Veneto is interested in close economic ties with Russia. “We call upon the government, parliament and European institutions to revise the regime of commercial ties between the EU and Russia and lift the sanctions”, the resolution states.
Stefano Valdegamberi said the Italian delegation to the Yalta International Economic Forum on April 19–21 would include members of regional councils and members of the national parliament, and several entrepreneurs. He says the delegation will offer Russian partners a project for education and training of highly skilled labour force in Crimea.
In June 2017, Veneto signed a sister region agreement with the Voronezh Region. Similar agreements are being developed for the Krasnodar and Stavropol regions.
Veneto was among the first Italian regions to adopt a resolution in May 2016 calling for the sanctions to be lifted and Crimea to be recognised as part of Russia. Other regions, including economically developed Lombardy and Liguria, soon followed Veneto’s example.