Milan hosts EU-Asia summit

ASEM in Milan summit looks at growth and security

Milan will host the 10th EU-Asia summit (ASEM) in Thursday and Friday, 16-17 October, with heads of state or prime ministers of 49 countries, including Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Angela Merkel, François Hollande and Naredra Modi, but for residents the discomfort will start already on Wednesday.

Every two years, ASEM heads of state and government meet at a summit to set ASEM's priorities. These summits are held alternatively in Asia and Europe. This time, the meeting will be chaired by the president of the EU Council and hosted by the governmet of Italy.

The theme of the 10th ASEM Summit - "Responsible Partnership for Growth and Security" - reflects the enlarging scope of the EU-Asia relationship. The meeting will provide a key opportunity to convey a strong message of commitment to Asia.

Milan city hall has advised that there will be “inconvenience” caused by the changes in traffic flow around the area concerned, necessary for security, but promises to work to keep the annoyance to a minimum. Meanwhile, the administration advises residents to use public transport wherever possible on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Some streets will be totally closed to traffic, and signposting will indicate alternative routing. These changes will mainly concern the city centre, roughly coresponding to the “Area C” limited traffic zone, the area around the Fiera Milano City, and the areas surrounding the two airports of Linate and Malpensa.

On Thursday, Milan’s Palazzo Reale will be closed to the public, and the Museo del Novecento will close early at 15.00. Work on street maintenance will be suspended over the three-day period.

Residents needing more specific details are advised to call the city information line on 020202.

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