PRESS UPDATE – MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH – DAVID WILLETTS & ITALIAN MINISTER MARIASTELLA GELMINI – ROME MEETING 22 SEPTEMBER.
I am very happy to report that Italian Minister for Education, Universities and Research, Mariastella Gelmini met with UK Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts in Rome on 20 September 2011.
This is the first time in our 25 year campaign for equal treatment that an Italian Minister has sat down to talk to a UK Minister specifically on the subject of fair treatment of migrant lecturers in accordance with European single market rules.
It is a significant breakthrough – and we warmly thank both Minister Willetts and Minister Gelmini.
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials confirmed today that Minister Willetts was warmly received by Minister Gelmini who said that she was aware of the problems and was anxious to ensure that foreign lecturers will receive equal rights as Italian lecturers. The FCO described the meeting as welcoming and positive.
We are confident that progress has been made and closure is in sight. I would expect officials from both the UK and the Italian authorities to be working closely in the coming weeks.
More at – The Italian Insider: Hope at last for Foreign Lecturers in Italy? http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/430
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