A book that traces the relationship between Mattei, Algeria and Italy

In the year celebrating the 60th anniversary of the independence of Algeria, the Italian Embassy has published the book "Enrico Mattei and Algeria. An unforgettable friend (1962-2022)",edited by the First Secretary, Head of the Consular Chancellery, Giulio Maria Raffa, with the support and collaboration of the Eni Historical Archive. The volume, published in Italian, French and Arabic and printed by the publishers Barzakh, includes an introduction by Ambassador Giovanni Pugliese and some interventions, including that of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi di Maio and that of the Chief Executive Officer of Eni Claudio Descalzi.

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Enrico Mattei's international vision

The volume is part of the initiatives aimed at celebrating the country's independence and the start of diplomatic relations with Italy. It is dedicated not only to Enrico Mattei, but also to the inauguration of the garden in Algiers named after him in November 2021 during the Italian President Sergio Mattarella’s State visit to Algeria.

Enrico Mattei is the first Italian to have a public place dedicated to him in Algeria, and this volume underlines in particular his international vision and his role in building fair relationships to support newly independent countries. The story of the founder of Eni is intertwined with that of many Algerian managers and executives who chose to study at the Eni Training School in San Donato Milanese.

Italy still needs an ally country in the south to diversify energy routes, and it is still in Algeria's interest to develop its potential benefiting from the necessary external know-how. We do not move only in search of profit, but to build solid partnerships.

Claudio Descalzi