The Abruzzo regional council voted this Wednesday to recognize Arberesh as the official language of minorities in this region of Italy.
President Meta, through a post on Facebook, said that he expresses his gratitude to the mayor of Arbëresh, Villa Badessa, Simone Ballozo, who encouraged and supported the concretization of this very important decision.
Meta further stressed that it is important to protect and promote this extraordinary Arbëresh cultural heritage, as well as the common wealth of the two countries.
“With great pleasure, I got the news that the Regional Council of Abruzzo voted today, the recognition of Arbëresh language as the official language of minorities in this region of Italy.
Gratitude to the Mayor of Arbëresh of Villa Badessa, Mr. Simone Ballozo, who encouraged and supported the concretization of this very important decision, which further strengthens the excellent relations of Albania with Italy.
It is important that the extraordinary cultural heritage of Arbëresh, this common wealth of our two countries and peoples, be protected and promoted.
The Arbëresh language that has been spoken for centuries, must continue to live, so we welcome its recognition as an official language of minorities in other regions of Italy, where Arbëresh live,” writes the President of Albania Meta.
Settled in the south of Italy for six centuries, the Arbëresh are one of the most special and original communities, which still preserve the traditions, language and culture of their ancestors. Across Italy, today 50 Italian Arbëresh or Albanian communities are officially recognized. In these 41 municipalities and 9 small residential centers, scattered in 7 regions of Southern Italy and the islands in the South, it turns out that about 100,000 Albanians of Italy live as residents.