This year, Italy will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the rome treaties that kicked off European integration
As Italy commemorates the day it became a republic, Umaru Kashaka talked to the Italian ambassador to Uganda, Domenico Fornara, on the importance of the day and other related issues. Below are excerpts from the interview
Q: Can you briefly tell us about the Festa della Repubblica, the Italian National Day?
The Italian National Day is an important moment for us. It is a day we come together for common values and celebrate our history. Today is the 71st Festa della Repubblica.
On June 2, 1946, all Italians were asked in a referendum to choose whether they wanted to remain a monarchy or to become a republic.
They chose the latter. Of course, it is not the birth of our nation; Italy, itself, is much older.
It is the renaissance of Italy as a democratic republic. This is important because we had just come out of Fascism, from World War II and our economy was in ashes.
Our society was torn apart, but Italians managed to unite in a strong momentum to rebuild their country. It was a new start, which brought two extremely important achievements: Italy evolved from an agricultural economy to an industrialised one; we were among the founding members of the European Union (EU) and Italy became a forerunner in human and civil rights; we became a member of G7 (the group of seven highly industrialised nations). CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS STORY