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Ministero dell'Interno, 19.11.2003

A "European Charter of Inter-faith Dialogue"

The Italian Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Giuseppe Pisanu, has sent to his European colleagues the first draft of the document dealing with key social and political issues

THE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, HON. GIUSEPPE PISANU, FOLLOWING UP ON THE TASK GIVEN TO HIM DURING THE LAST J.H.A. COUNCIL, TODAY SENT TO HIS EUROPEAN COLLEAGUES THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE "EUROPEAN CHARTER OF INTER-FAITH DIALOGUE".

THIS FIRST DRAFT - BASED ON THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE THAT TOOK PLACE IN ROME ON 30TH AND 31ST OCTOBER, 2003 - WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE NEXT COUNCIL OF HOME AFFAIRS MINISTERS WHICH WILL BE HELD IN BRUSSELS ON 27TH AND 28TH NOVEMBER.
THE TEXT AGREED BY THE MINISTERS WILL THEN BE SUBMITTED TO THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL FOR ITS FINAL ADOPTION.
THE SAID DOCUMENT HAS RAISED GREAT EXPECTATIONS IN E.U.  CIRCLES BECAUSE IT DEALS WITH KEY SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES, SUCH AS IMMIGRATION AND FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM.