Italy–Romania relations

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Italian-Romanian relations
Map indicating locations of Italy and Romania

Italy

Romania

Italian-Romanian relations are foreign relations between Italy and Romania. Both countries established diplomatic relations on 21 April 1873.[1] Italy has an embassy in Bucharest and five honorary consulates (in Iaşi, Satu Mare, Braşov, Arad and Timișoara). Romania has an embassy in Rome, five general consulates (in Milan, Torino, Trieste, Bari and Bologna), two general honorary consulates (in Genova and Treviso) and two honorary consulates (in Napoli and Trento).[2]

Both countries are full members of NATO and of the European Union. As of December 2017, there are around 1,168,552 people of Romanian descent living in Italy, being considered the largest foreign community in the country.[3]

Historical and cultural relations

Nicolae Ceausescu (left), General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party, meets with Amintore Fanfani (right), Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, in 1967

Relations between Italy and Romania have traditionally been close due to a shared Latin identity and similar languages. During World War I, both countries fought the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and during World War II, contributed hundreds of thousands of troops to the Eastern Front where many died fighting the Soviets. More recently, after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, over a million Romanians moved to Italy for work and better living conditions.

Companies

Several Italian banks are operating in Romania: Banca Italo Romena, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank and UniCredit Bank. The latter, had been in a partnership with Romanian former tennis player and business man Ion Ţiriac, between 2008 and 2015.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Relaţii bilaterale - Scurt istoric". Ambasada României în Republica Italiană. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Misiuni în România - Consulatul Onorific al Republicii Italiene la Timișoara". Ministerul Afacerilor Externe. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Câţi români trăiesc în Italia. Care sunt orașele italiene cu cele mai mari comunităţi de români. Harta interactivă" (in Romanian). Observator. 20 December 2017.
  4. ^ http://www.nineoclock.ro/unicredit-tiriac-bank-changes-name-to-unicredit-bank/