Interview with SENATOR SALVO SALLEMI The School of Made in Italy is born

The general elections of 2022 saw Fratelli d'Italia and Giorgia Meloni's center-right coalition triumph at the polls and receive government office. Among Fratelli d'Italia's "election promises," promises kept, was the establishment of the School of Made in Italy. A school that was created and will start from this year to give quality and prestige to the working and cultural context of "Brand Italy," training students also through internships and cultural exchanges abroad made possible by Italian diplomatic representations, both from the point of view of knowledge of high-level Italian production and market-oriented entrepreneurial activities. To learn more, we interviewed Senator Salvo Sallemi, Deputy Group Leader of Fratelli d'Italia in the Senate of the Republic and Coordinator of the III Commission of the National Anti-Mafia Commission.

Senator Sallemi, the current government has approved the Made in Italy bill, and from September 2024 the new school cycle, which will see the opening of the Made in Italy High School, will be launched. What can you tell us about this?

I can tell you that the establishment of the School of Made in Italy was one of the qualifying points of our program, and we are fulfilling our commitments to Italians. When we go abroad we are immediately recognized as Italians because we are the bearers of a millenary culture that makes taste, good living, excellent productions, and quality agri-food its distinctive traits. We must defend and publicize the "Brand Italy" through properly trained professionals: it is the best viaticum for our economy.

Fratelli d'Italia has always believed in Made in Italy, fighting on the front lines. Our Premier Giorgia Meloni recently said, "I have always considered artisans and small and medium-sized enterprises the backbone of the nation, the backbone made of men, women and families that every day allows Italy to produce wealth and jobs." How important in Italy and in the World is the value of a creation made in Italy? How important are our artisans?

They are fundamental. In a globalized world made up of "equals," of mass-produced products often invented in the U.S. and then reproduced in China; our snation can still counterbalance a craftsmanship of excellence, a production marked by beauty and high-level design, a production cycle that takes into account the welfare of the worker and that sees small and medium-sized enterprises as large extended families. All of this characterizes us in the eyes of the world, and just adding to a product "Made in Italy" generates added value, which unfortunately explains the many counterfeits and the reprehensible phenomenon of Italian sounding contrasted firmly by the Meloni government.

author: Debora Scalzo