Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

'To do' decree approved by House after filibuster marathon

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Rome, July 26 - The Italian government's 'to do'
decree of urgent measures to help revive the recession-hit
Italian economy won final approval by the Lower House on Friday
after a three-day filibuster marathon.
The anti-estasblishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) had held up
the legislation's progress by extending debate after it passed a
confidence vote on Wednesday.
The M5S was furious at the confidence vote, which
effectively ended the House's ability to amend the decree,
calling it a "slap" to parliament.
The movement is also unhappy about a government bill
related to changes of the Constitution to revamp Italy's public
institutions and make the country easier to govern.
It wants examination of this bill postponed until
September, after parliament's summer break and has threatened to
continue obstructionist tactics in parliament.
Movement representatives are expected to meet Premier
Enrico Letta for talks.
The M5S, the third-biggest group in parliament after
capturing around a quarter of the vote in February's general
election, opposes Letta's left-right government and its stated
aim is to revolutionise the existing party system it blames for
bring corruption and economic decline.
The 'to do' package, which now moves to the Senate, cuts
red tape and frees up around three billion euros for public
works projects this year and should create 30,000 temporary
construction jobs.
It also allocates money to finance improvements to the
national rail network, school buildings and roads.
The measure also cuts energy bills by a total of 550
million euros, in part by slashing a tax to finance renewable
energy initiatives.
The government put the decree to a confidence vote to speed
its passage through parliament after hundreds of amendments were
presented, many by the M5S.

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