Bremen, 18 November 2021. Last Monday, the new Italian ambassador Armando Varricchio visited the space technology company OHB, which is managed by Marco Fuchs, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Italy for Bremen and Bremerhaven, as part of his inaugural visit.
After taking a look at the satellite production halls, the ambassador addressed the representatives of the local Italian community gathered at OHB. Earlier in the day, Ambassador Varricchio, accompanied by Consul General David Michelut and Honorary Consul Marco Fuchs, was a guest at the Bremen Chamber of Commerce, the Bremen Parliament and the Bremen City Hall. In his honour, huge Italian flags decorated the buildings around the market square.
The following Tuesday was all about the Space Tech Expo Europe. On the occasion of the annual space event in Bremen, several hundred companies presented their products and innovations. Ambassador Varricchio took advantage of this unique opportunity and visited various exhibitors, always accompanied by Consul General Michelut and Honorary Consul Fuchs. The opening of the joint stand of the Italian Agency for Foreign Trade was followed by a flying visit to the OHB stand and a tour of the fair. The Ambassador then left Bremen for Berlin.
Close ties between Bremen and Italy
The ties between Bremen and Italy go back a long way. Since at least 1861, the year of Italy's unification, there have been continuous Italian representations in the Hanseatic city. Cultural relations, in turn, have been cultivated since 1946/47 by the German-Italian Society of Bremen. There are currently around 3,000 Italians living in the state of Bremen, around 100 of whom work for OHB at the Bremen site.