Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018

Napolitano repeats call to reform lawmaking process


(ANSA) - Rome, August 8 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano's recent calls for reforms aimed at slashing
bureaucracy and simplifying the process of turning decrees into
laws have gone unheeded, according to a statement from his
office Wednesday following his ratification of a law to curb
public spending in Italy.
The president on Wednesday ratified Premier Mario Monti's
26-billion-euro spending review, which was introduced in July in
his bid to salvage the eurozone's third largest economy from a
fate similar to Greece's.
Decrees come into effect almost immediately but then
require parliamentary approval to remain in force after an
initial 60 days.
Once approved, the president has to ratify the
parliamentary approval before the law is officially effective.
"It is undeniable that continued requests made by the
president for parliament to push through constitutional change
and regulatory reform to ensure a more certain and faster
pathway for ordinary decrees has not been subsequently taken up
in initiatives and action by both houses of parliament," the
statement said.
The spending review was approved in the cabinet on July 6
and subsequently went through changes during the process of
parliamentary approval.
The House on Tuesday gave definitive approval to the
measure which, among other things, aims to avert a 2%
increase in VAT scheduled for October.
According to the statement, the president appreciates that
the "frequent recourse to decrees and confidence votes is an
age-old practise, but Napolitano has often expressed his
concerns about this, and attempted to impose some form of limits
on them".
It is also "undeniable that during the course of the last
year" the two governments that have headed Italy have had to
"face emergencies and urgencies that have no precedent".

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