(ANSA) - ROME, JULY 29 - "Support for culture is crucial for the restart of the country". Prime Minister MarioDraghi said this in his speech at the Colosseum at the G20 of Culture.
Opening the first ministerial of Culture in the history of the G20, the premier said he was "very proud that this debut is taking place in Italy. History and beauty are integral parts of being Italian. When the world looks at us, it sees first and foremost art, music and literature. then to thank that he works in our theaters, in our libraries and in our museums. Because the rediscovery of the past is a necessary condition for the creation of the future ".
Draghi recalled that "the travel and tourism sector accounts for 13% of gross domestic product and employs three and a half million people directly or indirectly. In the National Recovery and Resilience Plan approved by the European Union, we invest almost 7 billion euros".
The protection of heritage, he stressed, "also requires greater environmental sustainability. In Italy, more than ten World Heritage sites are in danger due to rising sea levels. The risk of floods threatens between 15 and 20% of the cultural heritage of the our country. We must act immediately, so that the generations of tomorrow can enjoy the treasures we admire today. " A commitment that passes through courageous choices such as stopping the passage of large ships in front of the Basilica of San Marco and in the Giudecca canal and measures to support the most affected categories. (HANDLE).