Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian cabinet agrees to abolish party funding

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(updates previous)
Rome, May 24 - Premier Enrico Letta said his
left-right government agreed to scrap public funding of Italian
political parties at Friday's cabinet meeting.
"In the cabinet we reached an agreement to abolish public
funding of the parties," Letta said via his Twitter account
@EnricoLetta.
Guidelines to the reform include "the definition of strict
procedures regarding transparency statutes and budgets of the
parties" and "implementing tax breaks for people who donate to
parties," according to a statement.
Letta, who last month became premier of an unprecedented
left-right coalition after two months of post-election gridlock,
vowed to "revolutionize" party funding days into his term.
Just prior to his election, a group of so-called "wise men"
called on by the president to hash out reforms and policies that
all parties could agree on, advised against cutting party
funding in order "to prevent private wealth from improperly
influencing politics".
But Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement,
which won about a quarter of the vote in February elections and
refuses to accept public financing of any kind, pressed the
center-left Democratic Party (PD) of Letta and the center-right
People of Freedom (PdL) party of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi to
adopt the stance.
Foreshadowing the government agreement Friday, Letta told
the powerful Confindustria employers' confederation at their
annual meeting Thursday that party funding would indeed me
scrapped.
Following that, he said, would be a reduction in the number
of MPs.

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