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Meeting of Italy’s honorary consuls in Norway



Meeting of Italy’s honorary consuls in Norway

Resuming a practice that had been interrupted for some time, a coordination meeting for the honorary consuls of Italy in Norway was organized in Oslo on March 19th. The meeting was a great opportunity for the honorary consuls to connect, share ideas with each other, discuss and exchange views on some important consular tasks assigned to them.

The collaboration with the honorary consular is becoming more and more important on two grounds: on the one hand, the Italian community residing in Norway and Iceland has been constantly increasing in recent years. To date there are 6,894 Italians registered (around 10,000 living) in Norway and over 400 residing in Iceland. On the other hand, the flow of Italian tourists, both in Norway and Iceland, is fast growing. In 2018 it reached 250,000 units both in Norway, mainly on the Lofoten archipelago and the northern region of Troms-Finnmark, and in Iceland, which since long has become a privileged tourist destination for Italians.

During the meeting it emerged the need and desire to work more intensively for promoting closer relations between the Embassy and the honorary consuls as well as to support their work in a number of ways: by assisting them on concrete consular matters, by making easier the exchange of information –the possibility of creating a page on the Embassy web site dedicated to the activities of the honorary consuls was mentioned-, by giving precise guidance on which are their areas of competence and tasks, by strengthening the contact and holding regular meetings with the Embassy.

A particular attention was dedicated to the further improvement of assistance and services to Italian nationals through some concrete operative proposals. To fine-tune emergency procedures with regard not only to the availability of phone numbers and contact but also to the issuing of temporary documents; to identify a larger number of professionals who can be useful to our countrymen (interpreters, translators, lawyers, medical personnel); to extend the opening hours of the honorary offices (which shall be available at least once a week); to fine-tune procedures for the delivery of identity cards; to improve the activities carried out in the field of maritime assistance, also taking into account that the season in which Italian flag ships navigate through Norway has become longer are some of the discussed proposals.

 rete consolare riunione marzo 2019

from left: Honorary Vice Consuls Aksel Luhr (Stavanger) and Erik Nordgreen (Bergen), Gabriele D'Angelo and Roberto Albergo (Consular Section of the Embassy), Honorary Vice Consul Andrea Maini (Grimstad), Ambassador Alberto Colella, Honorary Vice Consul Carl Christian Thodesen (Trondheim), DHM Antimo Campanile and Honorary Vice Consul Kjell Skog (Tromsø)

rete consolare riunione marzo 2019. infografica