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Bersani's 8-point platform for 'government of change'

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Rome, March 6 - Italian centre-left leader Pier
Luigi Bersani on Wednesday presented an eight-point programme to
senior members of his Democratic Party which will form the basis
of a "government of change" that he intends to ask parliament to
vote confidence in.
Bersani, whose came first in Italy's general election but
failed to win a majority in the Senate, said the programme
constituted ''essential'' conditions for any prospective
government.
Here are the eight points:
1. MOVES TO EXIT THE EUROZONE 'AUSTERITY CAGE' - Austerity
brought on by the eurozone crisis have only exacerbated
sovereign debt troubles and economic contraction in the affected
countries, Bersani said. So budget discipline must be balanced
with pro-growth public investment and greater flexibility in
public finances in the medium term, he said.
2. URGENT EMPLOYMENT AND SAFETY-NET MEASURES - A dozen or
so measures that include establishing a national minimum wage; a
universal system of unemployment benefits; eased budget
discipline for local governments to boost social welfare,
schools and health facilities; and paying government suppliers
billions in unpaid debts with special-purpose treasury bonds.
3. REFORMS FOR POLITICAL AND PUBLIC LIFE - Reforms aimed at
streamlining and cleaning up government, including halving the
number of parliamentarians, eliminating provincial governments,
reducing MPs' pay, slashing bureaucracy, instituting codes of
conduct for politicians and electoral-law reform.
4. A NEW LEAF ON JUSTICE AND EQUALITY - New measures to
crackdown on corruption, fraud, vote-trading, tax fraud and the
lengthening statutes of limitations.
5. REGULATING CONFLICT OF INTERESTS - Passing conflict of
interest reforms proposed by the Constitutional Affairs
Committee under the last centre-left government of ex-premier
Romano Prodi between 2006 and 2008.
6. GREEN ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - A series of
measures aimed at optimizing the waste cycle, renovating
construction to meet new energy standards, the introduction of
smart grids, and revamping abandoned structures.
7. CIVIL RIGHTS REFORM - Introducing automatic Italian
citizenship for all people born on Italian soil and civil unions
for same-sex couples under regulations similar to German law.
8. RESEARCH AND EDUCATION - Measures to tackle school
dropout rates, improve the structural safety of schools, provide
stable employment for teachers, and recruit researchers.

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