Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

Debate on Italy's institutional reforms to start May 29


Rome, May 15 - The Italian parliament will start
debating institutional reforms designed to make the country
easier to govern on May 29, Relations with Parliament Minister
Dario Franceschini said Wednesday.
Premier Enrico Letta has said these institutional reforms
are a priority for his left-right coalition government, which
was sworn in last month to end Italy's two-month post-election
political deadlock.
The parliamentary debate will be based on a draft of
measures Letta's cabinet agreed on during a 24-hour 'retreat' at
a former abbey in Tuscany on Sunday and Monday.
It will include a new election law to replace the
much-criticised current one that failed to produce a clear
winner in February's general election.
The measures will also look to change the current
parliamentary set-up in which all laws must be approved by both
the House and Senate.
This is blamed by many for being one of the major sources
of dysfunction for Italy's institutions.
Letta's government aims to keep the Lower House as the main
political chamber of parliament, while turning the Senate into
an assembly of Italian regions.
"These institutional reforms have failed to come to
fruition for 30 years," said Franceschini, who announced the
date of start of the debate after a meeting with party whips on
"Now the government is actively working to make this path
of reform concrete, with full respect for parliamentary
"The issue of reforms may seem abstract to the public, but
in reality, the lack of reform has produced a situation of
paralysis that the whole county is paying for".

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