First Meeting of the Rome-Lyon Group. Key topic: counter-terrorism.
Over the last few days, the first Rome/Lyon Group Meeting under the G7 Italian Presidency was held. The working group, set up under the Italian G8 Presidency in 2001, aims to formulate counter-terrorism strategies and fight transnational crime.
The meeting was chaired by delegates of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Interior Ministry. The main issue of the meeting was the need to counter terrorism in Western societies. One of the key topics was the dialogue with religious communities, aimed at eliminating the negative impacts of socioeconomic exclusion, which is the main source of religious radicalization and terrorism.
Among the several topics generally covered by the group, the Italian Presidency decided to focus on the issue of corruption within the public sector, as a critical element that can undermine the stability of the institutions and their effectiveness in fighting criminal activities; other subjects discussed included the infiltration of organized crime in the legal economy, illegal migration and countermeasures to illegal trade.
The G7 agreed that the formulation of common strategies is the best tool to face and prevent criminal and terrorist activities, which continue to spread at the international level, thus requiring a global approach and effective international cooperation. The meeting confirmed the key function of the Rome-Lyon Group: constantly reviewing the coordination between the various G7 countries through the development of joint projects that can promptly and effectively address global threats.