Italy to Implement Temporary Border Controls & Heightened Security for the G7 Summit Puglia

UPDATE: 7 June, 2024

As part of its G7 Presidency, Italy will host a Summit of Heads of State and Government in Fasano, Puglia June 13 -15, 2024. During the Summit and in periods immediately before and after the event, travelers can expect heightened security in and around the Summit venues. Traffic disruptions, road closures, demonstrations, and airport delays may occur without warning in the Summit area, as well as in other cities.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Italy will offer normal consular services during regular hours throughout the duration.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the area and exercise caution on the affected dates.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Monitor local media for updates.

Temporary Border Controls

Italy will implement temporary border controls for the G7 Summit Puglia. The G7 Summit will occur in Borgo Egnazia in Savelletri di Fasono, Puglia, from June 13-15, 2024. However, The temporary controls will last for two weeks, between June 5 and June 18. Leaders from the seven member states, as well as the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission are expected to attend.

History and Purpose of the G7

G7 flags

The G7, also known as the Group of Seven, comprises the world’s largest advanced economies. Member countries formed it in the 1970s to discuss and coordinate economic policy. The member states include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Additionally, the European Union participates in G7 meetings.

The G7 holds annual summits where leaders discuss a range of global issues, including economic policy, international security, and environmental concerns. The goal is to promote cooperation and address challenges that affect the global community. The presidency of the G7 rotates annually among the member states, with each country hosting the summit and setting the agenda.

The G7 has played a crucial role in addressing global economic crises, coordinating financial regulations, and implementing international sanctions. The summits provide a platform for informal discussions and negotiations, allowing leaders to build consensus on critical issues.

Summit Details and Participants

Representatives of various States and International Organizations will also participate. They are invited by the nation holding the Presidency. The Summit will take place in one of the most fascinating locations in the world, surrounded by Puglia’s renowned hospitality.

The Significance of Puglia

Trani, Puglia, Italy

Puglia, known for its natural and artistic beauty, is a symbol of Italian excellence. The region has historically served as a bridge between East and West. Its role in promoting dialogue makes it an ideal location for the G7 Summit. Over the centuries, Puglia has welcomed diverse peoples, cultures, and religions, leaving a rich heritage.

Border Control Measures

Italy is set to reintroduce border controls at all of its borders during the G7 Summit. These temporary controls will last from June 5 to June 18, 2024. Travelers reaching Italy during this period will be subject to internal border controls. The Italian Ministry of the Interior announced this measure on May 31, 2024. Temporary internal border controls will be reintroduced at Italy’s national land, sea, and air borders.

Duration and Legal Basis

passport control gate Italy

The suspension of the ordinary regime of freedom of movement will last for two weeks. This is based on Articles 25 and 27 of EU Regulation 2016/399. The reintroduction of border controls is a standard practice for similar events. The measure aims to mitigate the risk of terrorist and violent activity and to prevent disruption of public order and security.

Existing Border Controls with Slovenia

Italy currently has land border controls with Slovenia, which will last until December 18, 2024. These controls were introduced due to an increased instability in the Middle East and the risk of terrorist infiltration through irregular migration routes.

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