Rome, May 28 - Italy's culture minister announced Tuesday that free child admission to public museums would no longer be limited to European Union citizens. Massimo Bray issued a statement calling on museum and cultural event staff "to comply immediately with these assessments". Free admission had been limited to Italian children only until 1997 when the law was broadened to include all minors from the EU. Bray said the policy had led to innumerable "unpleasant and embarrassing situations unworthy of a country looking to integrate the people, and who sees its cultural heritage as one of its prime resources". Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge gave "an applause" to the move by the culture minister, calling the new policy "a concrete example of what we need to do in order to achieve true social cohesion".