Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Govt puts 'to do' decree to confidence vote


Rome, July 23 - Premier Enrico Letta's government
said Tuesday that it was putting its 'to do' decree of urgent
moves to help revive the Italian economy and lift it out of
recession to a confidence vote in the Lower House.
Relations with Parliament Minister Dario Franceschini said
a confidence vote was necessary to speed the measure through
parliament after hundreds of amendments were presented.
As a decree, the legislation is already law but it needs to
be ratified within two months of being passed by the cabinet to
stay in effect.
The confidence vote will take place at 11:30 Italian time
on Wednesday.
Letta's fragile left-right executive will collapse if it
fails to win the confidence vote.
"Parliament has a complicated schedule before the summer
recess," said Franceschini.
"If we tackled a vote with 800 amendments to the decree, we
won't have time to do everything".
The decree frees up around three billion euros for public
works projects this year, which should create 30,000 temporary
construction jobs.
The measure also cuts energy bills by a total of 550
million euros, in part by slashing a tax to finance renewable
energy initiatives.
Opposition parties blasted the decision to put the decree
to a confidence vote.
Ciccio Ferrara of the left-wing SEL party said the
government was making this move to impose discipline and "hide
the cracks" in the governing coalition, which us made up of
Letta's centre-right Democratic Party (PD) and ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party.
The PD and the PdL were long-standing bitter rivals until
they decided to work together to form a government in April
after two months of deadlock following February's general
Riccardo Fraccaro, an MP for the anti-establishment 5-Star
Movement, said the confidence vote was the "umpteenth slap
against parliament" as it limits debate of the legislation.
Last month Letta's passed its first confidence-vote test in
parliament when a decree on environmental emergencies was
overwhelming approved by the Lower House.
Letta also considered as a confidence vote Friday's
rejection by the Senate of a no-confidence motion in Deputy
Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano over the
controversial expulsion of the wife and daughter of a Kazakh
Alfano is the PdL secretary and Berlusconi's party would
probably have pulled the plug on the government if the motion
had been approved.

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