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Sergio Mattarella’s state visit could be pleasant. Bilateral relations between Italy and Switzerland are good. The topic that could offer the most topics of conversation is the border commuter agreement.

The shift to the right and the new government in Italy have not yet had any impact on Switzerland’s relationship with Italy, explains the Swiss ambassador in Rome, Monika Schmutz Kirgötz. That does not change with Italian President Sergio Mattarella’s two-day state visit. Because he has a more representative role and does not decide the day-to-day policy.

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Monika Schmutz Kirgötz is the Swiss ambassador in Rome.

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Of course there are discussions anyway. A meeting is planned with federal councilors Ignazio Cassis and Guy Parmelin and federal councilors Simonetta Sommaruga and Viola Amherd.

taxation of border commuters

The cross-border commuter agreement, which regulates the taxation of 80,000 cross-border commuters, could also be an issue. According to Monika Schmutz Kirgötz, it is currently the largest construction site. On the Swiss side, the contract is ready to be signed. However, the process is faltering due to the change of government.

Italy is unlikely to defend Switzerland in Brussels


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While Switzerland’s relationship with the EU is currently rather frosty, Italy is passively friendly towards Switzerland, as Ambassador Monika Schmutz Kirgötz describes it. Although very friendly to Switzerland, Italy will not campaign particularly vigorously for Swiss concerns in Brussels.

Mattarella, known for his affinity for science, will visit ETH Zurich on Wednesday. However, he will not make a detour to the canton of Ticino, even though it is Federal President Cassis’s home canton and is closest to Italy.

Right-wing slip in Italian parliament


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Since October 2022, Italy has been governed by a right-wing government consisting of Fratelli d’Italia, the conservative Forza Italia led by ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the right-wing populist Lega led by Matteo Salvini.


SRF 4 News, 29 November 2022, at 06.00



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