Rome, Jan 30 (EFE) .- The parties that made up the old government coalition in Italy, before Matteo Renzi withdrew and caused a political crisis, today agreed to discuss a joint program.
It is a step in the thaw, after the tensions of the last days that forced Giuseppe Conte to resign as prime minister last Tuesday, after verifying that his Executive was in the minority in the Italian Senate.
The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberto Fico, began consultations this Saturday with the former partners of the coalition, that is, the anti-system 5 Star Movement (M5S), the progressive Democratic Party (PD) and Free and Equal (LeU ), and the centrists of Italia Viva, Renzi’s party, to see if it is possible to create a new government to lead the country.
Fico has been commissioned by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, to survey these parties and other minority parties, and will report the results to the head of state next Tuesday.
This Saturday the M5S and the PD met separately with Fico but agreed in their support for Conte to lead a new Executive and also on the need to draw up an end-of-term pact to avoid another crisis before 2023, when the country will have to call general elections.
Renzi picked up the baton and said he was willing to agree on a common program, but he refused to speak of names and openly support Conte.
COUNT AS PRIME MINISTER OF A NEW GOVERNMENT
“We reiterate that the election of Conte as the leader of the Government is indisputable,” said the M5S political chief, Vito Crimi, after meeting with the president of the Chamber.
“The PD reiterates that Conte is the only figure capable of pooling the necessary support,” wrote the leader of this formation, Nicola Zingaretti, on social networks.
The anti-establishment party has also asked to park the possibility of Italy going to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the rescue fund of the European Union (EU) that they oppose considering that it would impoverish Italians with the assumption of rules outdated austerity.
“We ask that some issues on which there is no consensus, for example, the MEDE, be set aside,” Crimi stressed.
This is a matter of discord with Italia Viva as Renzi has reiterated on several occasions that this system is beneficial for Italy with the current rules, modified with respect to those of the worst years after the 2008 crisis.
In the press conference after the meeting with Fico, Renzi pointed out that “there are many elements of disagreement (with the rest of the partners of the old coalition), one of them is the MEDE”, which would give Italy “36,000 million euros ( of Europe) to invest them in Health “.
But he clarified: “If the M5S is contrary, as it has always said, we will try to understand its motives.”
For his part, Zingaretti, as leader of the PD, did go into detail about the issues that this joint program should include and cited a tax reform that alleviates the tax burden on low and middle incomes, a justice reform that speeds up the processes and more investment in health, education, infrastructure and research.
THE MANAGEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN RECOVERY FUNDS
Renzi also mentioned some of the priority points for Italia Viva: greater investment in health and education, improvement of infrastructures and training of young people so that they can access a job market that will be increasingly digitized.
But his greatest requirement is that the 209,000 million euros corresponding to Italy in European recovery funds be properly managed, the “official” reason that triggered this crisis.
“Italia Viva prefers a political government to an institutional one. We believe that it is essential not to waste the money that the EU gives us and we will do everything possible to reach agreements,” he said.
The Italian media point out that Renzi wants to emerge stronger from this crisis and decide who, for example, leads the team that manages the health emergency in the country, in addition to taking over the Ministry of Economy.
“We have always said that the issues are debated first and then the charges. It is not a question of which ministries Italia Viva is going to have, the Economy or others. First the issues and then the portfolios,” the former prime minister limited himself to commenting. Minister.
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