Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Letta vows to press on with scrapping party funding

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Rome, July 23 - Premier Enrico Letta on Tuesday
vowed that his government would press ahead with a bill to phase
out public funding for political parties.
The bill faces a tough passage through parliament after
over 150 amendments were presented to it.
But Letta, whose executive is based on a fragile alliance
between his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party,
is determined to push the legislation through.
"We won't take steps back on the abolition of public
financing of parties," Letta said via his Twitter account,
@EnricoLetta.
"The bill we presented is a good reform. Why block it?".
If the bill is approved, party funding will be reduced to
60% of its current level in the first year, 50% in the second
year 50% and 40% in the third year before being abolished
altogether.
The issue of party funding is high up on the political
agenda in part thanks to the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement
(M5S), which won about a quarter of the vote in February
elections and refuses to accept public financing of any kind.
M5S leader Beppe Grillo tapped into widespread public
disenchantment as he berated the misuse of public money
following a series of corruption scandals involving parties
across the political spectrum.
The M5S called the government's bill a "moral victory" but
also dubbed it a "scam law" for a mechanism it contains that
enables people to donate a small slice of their taxes to
parties.
As part of this, an individual taxpayer's money will be
split among parties automatically unless the person explicitly
declares on their tax return that it should not go to a
political party.
As the bill stands, the money would be divided
proportionally among all parties.

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