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22 May 2012

Québec-Italy Joint Subcommittee celebrates 20th anniversary

The Québec Minister of International Relations and the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs signed the first executive program of the Québec-Italy Joint Subcommittee on May 9, 1992. For 20 years, the program has enabled Québec and Italy to strengthen their ties and exchanges through joint projects mainly targeting cooperation in the cultural, educational, scientific and technological sectors.

By renewing this joint commitment every three years, the two governments highlight the respective skills of the Italian and Québec societies, and increase their potential.

The 7th Québec-Italy Joint Subcommittee, which covers the period of 2010 to 2012, is currently in place. Its program, which was signed in Québec City, focuses on strengthening sectors that are considered priorities in terms of having a real impact for Québec and Italy,

  • Education
  • Interuniversity cooperation
  • Museology and heritage
  • Publishing and literature
  • Performing arts
  • Architecture
  • Design and visual arts


without, however, abandoning the pursuit of scientific and technological cooperation through joint projects and the exchange of researchers.

Worthwhile collaboration

The results of these 20 years of collaboration between Québec and Italy, which will be celebrated in 2012, are and will continue to be essential as they make it possible to foster concrete and productive relations. The program offers tremendous opportunities to artists and researchers, especially since certain large-scale projects would not have seen the day and would have been difficult to develop outside this institutional framework. This is notably the case for the The Etruscans – An Ancient Italian Civilization exhibition, which will be officially inaugurated on June 19 at Musée Pointe-à-Callière (Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History) and can be visited until November 25, 2012.

Relations between Québec and Italy
Musée Pointe-à-Callière (Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History)
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