In the government the flag-stealer starts again. First round, Citizenship Income

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Italy’s Prime Minister, Mario Draghi speaks during a joint news conference with Italy’s Economy Minister Daniele Franco (not pictured) on the government’s new fiscal targets in Rome, Italy, September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Not that Mario Draghi is the type of triumphalist demonstrations, much less of the first hour, and this is well explained by the decision not to show up at the press conference after the Council of Ministers to bless the start without turbulence of the obligation of the green pass in the workplace . But perhaps the prime minister did not even expect that on a lucky day, indeed more given the alarms and fears of the eve, his ministers would find themselves starting a flag-stealing. In short, not even the time to collect, albeit without pomp, one of the most delicate steps, which the majority parties have resumed following a logic of flags. Even the first months of the government were not spared from this uproar, but the discussion in the CDM on citizenship income inaugurates a negative intensification of this dynamic because now the time has come to make choices on the issues that most divide the majority. .

It has arrived because next week the budget law will take shape on the table of the Council of Ministers, the provision that fixes the expenses for next year. That for the citizenship income is already in the so-called tendentials, that is, it is an acquired expense, but 200 million are enough to cover the costs of this year to spark the discussion among the ministers. When it comes to the rule of the tax decree which provides for the refinancing of income for the last two and a half months of this year, it is Giancarlo Giorgetti who raises the question. The League minister goes straight down: “It is mocking to use the money of those who have worked hard for a similar measure”. Of those who worked because the 200 million for income are subtracted from emergency income for 90 million, but also from early access to retirement for tiring and heavy work for another 30 million, still access to retirement for early workers, others 40 million, while 30 million from the expense item comes from the parental leave fund.

The 5 stars, with the Minister of Agriculture Stefano Patuanelli at the forefront, contest the reconstruction of Giorgetti. The sources of the Movement, at the end of the CDM, say that “as Minister Franco explained, the funds for some measures used to refinance citizenship income for 200 million” had been overestimated and therefore the move does not affect in any way the their functioning “. Adding, with a touch of piqued irony, that “we are willing to explain it to the League with a drawing”. The chosen instrument – the spin – already explains the slippery climate that was generated during the meeting at Palazzo Chigi. And in fact the discussion does not end there. Renato Brunetta and the minister in quota Italia Viva Elena Bonetti also spoke. The tones and contents are different from those of Giorgetti because what is exposed is a reasoning on the need to start a reflection, without prejudice, on citizenship income three years after its entry into force and in light of the disappointing results on the job search by the beneficiaries.

Financial coverage of citizenship income is unacceptable for the LeagueGiancarlo Giorgetti

Then it’s up to the Democratic Party, with the Minister of Labor Andrea Orlando defending the spirit of citizenship income, while the secretary Enrico Letta, a few hours later, to seal the line by stating that the income “should only be modified, not canceled”. The Cdm thus risks turning into a political discussion, rather than an operational one, centered on the validity of the citizen’s income instrument rather than on possible changes. Draghi stops the debate and cuts it short: “We will talk about it when discussing the budget law”. Not a postponement indefinitely because next week it will be time to close the maneuver and this figure also marks a certain difficulty for the premier, at least potential, because if up to now the vaccination campaign, the Recovery, much less the green pass, are arrive at a synthesis with the protection of the national mission, now issues such as the citizenship income and the quota 100 complicate things considerably.

The flag-stealing began on the grillino totem, which a few minutes after the CDM, Giuseppe Conte immediately placed in the purely political dimension, addressing Salvini and Giorgia Meloni with a “hands off citizenship income”. The evolution of this first round is uncertain. In the budget there are already several billions for the refinancing of income in 2022. But it is clear that if changes to the system take place, as is now taken for granted, spending will change. Above all, this round will be played simultaneously with the one on quota 100, the measure for the pension advance that expires at the end of the year. Here the direction of Palazzo Chigi is more marked because it is not thinking of a renewal, but of an intervention on heavy workers to avoid a pure return to the Fornero reform. But the League says it is ready to make the barricades so as not to give up its workhorse. Then that the two rounds are essentially held between the League and the 5 stars, who together governed and who together approved the two measures today at the center of the clash, is another story. Or maybe it’s the same. Except that the actors have now changed their scripts, from allies to flag contenders. Once they could live together, today they can’t. However, there is a common awareness: this time in Palazzo Chigi there is Draghi. And the prime minister does not want to hear about flags.


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