A meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni in Corfu kicked off the 1st Intergovernmental Conference between Greece and Italy on Thursday.

This is the first official intergovernmental cooperation meeting, taking place in conditions of stringent security, with the participation of ministers, secretaries-general and government officials from both countries. It aims to lay the foundations for good cooperation between the two countries on a business and development level.

Tsipras and Gentiloni will adopt a joint communiqu? that will act as a foundation for restarting Greek-Italian cooperation in a number of areas, such as Europe, economy, energy, investment and immigration.

Separate meetings will be held between the respective foreign affairs, finance, energy, culture, tourism, infrastructure, migration policy and security ministers.