Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Election 2018: M5S manifesto

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Rome, February 15 - The election manifesto of the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, recently presented with a
solemn pledge by leader Luigi Di Maio, vows to scrap 400
"useless" laws to free up the Italian economy as well as
pleasing voters by reforming an unpopular 2011 pension reform
and teachers by reversing former centre-left premier Matteo
Renzi's 'Good School' education reform.
But the key plank of the manifesto is introducing a basic
income, to ge given to all Italians and called 'a citizenship
wage'.
Di Maio says the law will cost some two billion euros,
although the M5S's opponents say it is likely to be much more
expensive.
"This is one of our key pledges, and it will help pay for
itself by the way it will ramp up the economy, as people spend
more," Di Maio says.
In order to implement the law, the M5S aims to revamp job
centres to "really make supply and demand meet up" and introduce
a Danish-style flexisecurity to help people back into jobs by
retraining.
"There will be continuous training for those who lose their
jobs," Di Maio says.
"With flexisecurity," the manifesto says, "companies are more
competitive and people emerge from a condition of poverty".
In another boost to the economy, the M5S plan to set up a
public investment bank "for small companies, farmers and
families".
Taxes will also be cut to give the economy "the shot in the
arm it needs," Di Maio says.
The M5S also bids to do away with wasteful political spending
and 'the costs of politics' in a vow Di Maio says "will restore
50 billion euros to Italian citizens".
Despite a recent salary repayment scandal, the M5S styles
itself as cleaner and more transparent alternative to what it
views as corrupt traditional parties, and Di Maio has vowed to
"make that difference ever clearer by driving through our
manifesto".
The M5S says it will scrap so-called 'golden pensions,
parliamentary pensions, and "useless" political costs
On the hot-button issue of migrants, where rightwing parties
have vowed to deport all illegal migrants, the M5S instead says
it wants to do away with "the business" linked to illegal
immigration.
Instead of ejecting all migrants, Di Maio says the party will
implement "immediate repatriation" for all new irregular
migrants coming to Italy's shores.
The M5S also aims to set up commissions all over Italy to
assess "within one month" whether migrants are entitled to stay
in Italy or not.
In order to boost security, where fears have been stoked by
what other parties call a migrant "invasion", the M5S aims to
hire 10,000 police officers and build two new prisons "to make
citizens feel safer and give them a better impression that law
and order are being respected," Di Maio says.
The manifesto also promises a "relentless" fight against
corruption, mafias and conflicts of interest, including
employing undercover agents against organised crime groups,
banning the corrupt from public life, and stiffening vote-buying
penalties.
Di Maio also says the M5S "will cut the length of trials" in
Italy's snail-paced justice system, and provide "a certainty of
punishment" to stop so many cases being timed out.
The M5S will also "overcome", rather than outright ban, the
2011 Fornero pension reform which raises the retirement age to
67 by 2019.
So-called 'heavy' jobs will be excluded from the reform and
there will be a slow process of phasing in the pension age rise,
while there will be a 'woman's option' and a 'quota 41' rule for
calculating pensions.
They programme also aims to "overcome" the Good School reform
by using a "rational" hiring system tailored to schools' needs,
boosting spending on education, and "abolishing precarious
employment".
In other points, the manifesto aims to:
- Raise minimum pensions to 780 euros
- Spend 17 billion euros on helping families with children
- Safeguard families' savings
- Make Italian energy 100% renewable
- Create a 'smart nation' with new tech jobs
- Cut taxes and boost the quality of life
- Reduce the debt7GDP ratio by 40 points in 10 years
- Valorise and safeguard what is 'made in Italy'
The M5S is currently the top party in opinion polls, with
about 28%, but is unlikely to win an outright majority.
Di Maio has said he would like to see other "parties of good
will" rally behind the manifesto, allowing the M5S to govern.

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