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Important agreement between the Italian Government and SGI-Italy

In June 2015, an important agreement, namely the “Intesa,” between the Italian Government and SGI-Italy (formally “Istituto Buddhista Italiano Soka Gakkai”) was signed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and SGI-Italy General Director Tamotsu Nakajima upon the former’s visit to the SGI-Italy Headquarters in Florence. The prime minister said that SGI President Daisaku Ikeda has carried out dialogue and various activities to illuminate and elevate the human spirit in contemporary society with its many challenges. Mr. Renzi stressed that Mr. Ikeda’s insight that “A great human revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of all humankind,” is a deeply significant principle for Italian society, too.

 

SGI-Italy has long carried out wide-ranging activities, including exhibitions for nuclear disarmament and abolition, interfaith events, and dialogue to foster peaceful relations between individuals and within society.

 

The Intesa was approved by the Senate of the Republic in April 2016, and by the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament in June of the same year, thereby completing the full procedure. It became effective on July 30. At the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies held on June 14, a representative suggested that the time had come to recognize the agreement between SGI-Italy and the state of the Italian Republic, and that SGI-Italy has proven to be an organization dedicated to spreading a message of peace.

 

According to Article 8 of the Italian Constitution, the Intesa is an agreement between the Italian Republic and religious denominations other than the Catholic Church. Through the Intesa, a religious denomination is granted various rights, such as the right to freely establish educational and academic institutions on Italian territory. As of today, 12 religious denominations, including SGI-Italy, have been granted such status within the Italian Republic.