Andrea Riccardi was called to be part of the new Italian Government as Minister for International Cooperation and Integration Policies
“In a difficult moment – he stated – a time of trial for the Country, while it engages in a joint effort to face the current crisis, I accepted the summons of the Premier designate, Prof. Mario Monti, to be part of the new government, hoping to help in the process of national recovery.
In order to respond to the challenges our Country needs to face, I make myself available, believing that Italy needs unity. The commitment for social cohesion, national integration and international cooperation are part of my culture and the experience acquired over the years. I am convinced they are crucial elements for a Country to regain its strength and come through the crisis”.