France and Italy, united by a shared history, unique cultural links and a community of destiny within the European Union, wish to strengthen their relations in the field of arts and culture by developing further exchanges of works, European cultural space marked by a renewed openness to the Mediterranean partners.

The Minister of Culture and Communication of the French Republic and the
Minister of Cultural Property and Activities of the Italian Republic have thus signed this
with the French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and the
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Intergovernmental Agreement on the
restoration of the Church of Santa Maria del Suffragio, known as the Holy Souls, in Aquila.
This agreement defines the arrangements for organising the technical and financial partnership
established to restore one of the historic and monumental
of Abruzzo damaged by the earthquake of April 6, 2009. The
France will finance half of the estimated cost of restoring the building, in
contribution of up to EUR 3.25 million. The
already, this cooperation is being undertaken on the ground, notably through
The organization of training sites involving young professionals from both countries.
France and Italy wish to make this cooperation a reference in terms of
heritage restoration.
While both France and Italy are committed to the
digitization of their cultural heritage, the French and Italian ministers reaffirm
support for the European Digital Library project EUROPEANA and
wish to engage in joint reflection and work on this issue. A
seminar bringing together professionals from France, Italy and other countries
will soon be held in Rome to discuss the modalities
of digitization. The exchange of experience and best practices in
the field of the fight against piracy and the development of the legal offer on
Internet will also be intensified.
Finally, Frédéric Mitterrand and Sandro Bondi fully support the work undertaken
by RAI and ARTE to develop an Italian cultural chain. They
also fully support Mediterranean audiovisual projects
led by the Standing Conference on Mediterranean Audiovisual Media (COPEAM),
meeting in Paris on 9 and 10 April.