This ritual has been repeated every year since 1964 with a procession leaving from a different location, (this year from Malta) and arriving in Monte Cassino, home to St Benedict's shrine. Before its arrival in Monte Cassino on the 14th March, Pope Benedict will give it his blessing at the Vatican. In Malta the torch was kept in the President's Palace where it was visited by Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and Vice President Tajani.
On Monday 5 March, Tajani participated in a seminar organised by the Malta Business Bureau attended by The Minsiter of Finance Tonio Fenech, Ministru for Competition and SMEs Jason Azzopardi and the Minsiter of Tourism and Environment Mario De Marco. Tajani was the key note speaker and discussed the European industrial policy, the creator of innovation and competition. During his speech Vice President Tajani declared that "We are facing a real emergency in growth and Europe has to react in an appropriate manner. As confirmed by the last European Council, there is a need for a better environment for the business of SMEs and we have to strive against bureaucracy whilst improving the access to markets and pushing forward industrial innovation in sectors having a huge potential, from an efficiency of resources point of view and baseline technology and space. We have to support networking through universities and research centres so that together with SMEs, a critical mass is achieved and we shall be able to participate in the process of innovation and internationalisation".
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