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Prime Minister Draghi responds to the points raised by the Senate

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

[The following video is available in Italian only]

Senators,

my responses will be quite brief. I first of all wish to thank all of those who have supported the Government’s work with loyalty, cooperation and engagement.

My second point refers to an observation made by Senators Casini, Santanché, Gasparri and Licheri. Their observations were similar, more or less, and referred to some things I said during my initial address, making it almost seem as if I was questioning the nature of our democracy, as if I had said that this is not a parliamentary democracy. This democracy is parliamentary and I respect and identify with it.

I would now like to read exactly what I said today: “last Thursday, I tendered my resignation to the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella. This decision was made after the national unity majority that had supported this government since its creation ceased to exist. The President of the Republic rejected my resignation, and asked me to inform Parliament about what had happened; I shared this decision”.

At this point, there were two possibilities: one was to simply come here and declare and confirm my resignation, deliver an address and leave without a vote.

The support I have seen in the country, and here I will once again read: the “mobilisation over the last few days among citizens, trade associations and local authorities, in favour of the Government continuing, is impossible to ignore” – it is this support that has led me to propose, or re-propose, the coalition pact and put it to your vote. You are the ones to decide. So, there are no requests for ‘full powers’.
This is why we have got to this point in the discussion. I wanted to reply to this point because it is very important indeed.

Moving on to the third point that was raised: why didn’t the government intervene on ‘ius scholae’, on cannabis, on the ‘Zan’ draft law? I want to be clear here, as the government has been criticised over this on a number of occasions: given that this is a government based on a broad coalition, let’s call it national unity, it decided not to intervene on matters originating in Parliament.

I shall now come to one or two specific points, mainly raised by Senator Licheri. With regard to a minimum wage, I said what I needed to say: the European Commission is in the process of approving a proposal; we have begun a round table with trade union organisations and with Confindustria; we will open others with other employers’ confederations and will continue discussions regardless of your decision today. I believe we can reach a minimum wage proposal that does not involve any government imposition, diktat, on employment contracts.

I also said what I needed to say regarding the ‘reddito di cittadinanza’ [‘citizenship income’]: the ‘reddito di cittadinanza’ is a good thing but, if it doesn’t work, it is a bad thing.

With regard to the ‘superbonus’ [tax incentive], you all know what my thoughts have always been, but the problem is not the ‘superbonus’ in itself; the problem lies with the mechanisms designed to transfer the tax credits. Those who designed these transfer mechanisms without discrimination and without discernment are the ones to blame for this situation, in which thousands of companies are waiting to receive the credits. This mess now needs to be sorted out; we must get the thousands of struggling companies out of the mess they are in.

I really do not have much else to say. I ask for a vote of confidence on the proposed resolution submitted by Senator Casini.

[Courtesy translation]