The document stressed that Russia and Italy insisted on gradual introduction of visa-free travel between Russia and the European Union. It also outlined extra measures to simplify enrolment in educational establishments and so promote exchanges of students, school pupils, scientists and the professorial staff. Negotiations on mutual recognition of education certificates were underway.
President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made a joint statement to summarise the first round of their talks
Visit to Italy
August 29 − 31, 2003