Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy do to 'all possible' to give Erasmus students vote

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Rome, January 22 - The Italian government "will do
everything possible" to enable Italians studying abroad under
the European Erasmus university exchange programme to cast their
vote in upcoming general elections, Interior Minister Annamaria
Cancellieri said on Tuesday.
The matter would be discussed at a cabinet meeting later in
the day, she added.
The statement came the day after the European Union said
Erasmus students from Italy should not be discriminated against,
with a spokesman for the EU Commissioner for Education and
Culture Androulla Vassiliou saying he welcomed "all efforts
to...find a solution" to helping the students cast long-distance
ballots.
Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi replied that his
ministry intended to "coordinate closely with the interior
ministry during Tuesday's cabinet meeting to evaluate how to
assist students temporarily abroad to vote long-distance".
Italians go to the polls on February 24 and 25 to elect
their new parliament.
A centre-left coalition led by the Democratic Party (PD)
and its secretary Pier Luigi Bersani is currently leading the
race, followed by a centre-right formation headed by ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi.
The anti-establishment and populist Five Star Movement of
comedian Beppe Grillo is also a serious contender in third
place, trailed by a grouping of small centrist parties and
movements led by the incumbent technocrat Premier Mario Monti.

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