Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
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Govt aiming to abolish provinces by 2014

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Rome, July 26 - Regional Affairs Minister Graziano
Delrio said Friday the government was aiming to abolish Italy's
provincial governments before provincial elections in 2014,
saving over one billion euros in public expenditure.
"We're aiming to prevent the renewal of provincial
administrations in 2014 elections. We think we can convince
parliament this is necessary. We're full of hope and faith but
not certainty," he said.
Earlier on Friday Premier Enrico Letta's cabinet approved a
bill that will strip many of the powers of Italy's provincial
governments ahead of plans to abolish them completely in
Constitutional reforms.
The move to abolish the provincial governments is part of a
drive to reduce the cost of Italy's political apparatus as the
country' struggles to emerge from its longest recession in over
two decades.
Letta's government has also presented a bill to phase out
public funding of political parties and there are plans to cut
the number of lawmakers in parliament too.
The bill passed Friday will also reorganise Italy's town
and city councils, merging many and creating metropolitan
authorities for big cities and their surrounding areas, if it is
approved in parliament.
The president of the Union of Italian Provinces (UPI),
Antonio Saitta, said Friday it would seek damages against the
government for the ensuing "cuts to resources for citizens and
services" contained in the bill.
"This will crowd municipalities that do not have facilities
to handle technical and critical functions, such as the
management of 5,000 school buildings," he added.
"Education should be considered a priority".

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