The destiny of each nation is more and more tightly bound to global and supranational dynamics and there is no issue of some relevance that could be enclosed in the sole national dimension. This stays true also for a large city which has to progressively think about how to handle its fate on European and international scenarios.
Besides, Torino has always lived in wide spaces. The metropolitan area of Torino is the second largest exporting area of our Country and, every day, thousands of our companies trade on foreign markets. Our city has got twinning or cooperation agreements with more then 40 foreign cities and takes part in cooperation and development programmes in each continent. In Torino there are 45 consulates. University and Politecnico are engaged in partnerships with hundreds of foreign universities. The museums of Torino work closely every day with cultural institutes from all over the world.
For all these reasons, as Mayor, I wanted to stay in charge of the International Affairs personally and during these first and intense months of work we are systematically boosting the international influence of Torino. That means acting in Europe - the most natural space for every city of our continent - as well as in all the other continents in which Torino has interests and relationships to grow.
To further strengthen such a commitment our Administration was provided with a Central Division for International Activities under which an International Affairs Department an and International Cooperation and Peace Department work. Such a Service is also supported by a Diplomatic Advisor, appointed by the national Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As a matter of fact, Torino is the first Italian city to subscribe a Programme Agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the international promotion of the City and the projection of the national economic system in the world.
In a few words Torino wants to be a key actor in the global world, knowing that from a growing international influence more working opportunities, investments, economic growth and prosperity could come.
Mayor of Torino