President Honours Romano Prodi

President Honours Romano Prodi

President Čaputová honoured Romano Prodi on Thursday 21 April 2022, the second day of her official visit to Italy. 

The president conferred the Order of the White Double Cross of the 1st Class to this former prime minister of Italy and president of the European Commission for outstanding merits in the development of relations between the Republic of Italy and the Slovak Republic and for outstanding contributions to the process of the integration of the Slovak Republic in the European Union. “In less than two weeks, Slovakia will commemorate the 18th anniversary of its accession in the European Union. Romano Prodi was the President of the European Commission at the time of the greatest enlargement of the EU. Today I conferred upon him the state decoration at our embassy in Rome in appreciation of the role he played in support of Slovakia and our joining the EU.”  

President Čaputová emphasized that the enlargement of the EU was definitely the greatest contribution to the stability and prosperity on the European continent and to the wellbeing of all EU citizens. It also brought Slovakia certainty of existence in terms of freedom, democracy and security, a  certainty, which we realize and appreciate even more after 24 February 2022 “Professor Prodi advocated enlargement even at a time when not all of the fifteen members of the European Union shared this vision. Despite that, he remained convinced that this was the right step. And as he himself says, given the opportunity, he would do the same again. Grazie, Signore Professore!"