Last battle on the super green pass

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The Italian Premier Mario Draghi during the meeting with the German Chancellor at Palazzo Chigi. Rome (Italy), December 20th 2021 (photo by Samantha Zucchi/Insidefoto/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

A summit with the ministers of health, Roberto Speranza, of education, Patrizio Bianchi and with the emergency commissioner Francesco Figliuolo. Then a face to face with the owner of the public administration Renato Brunetta. Mario Draghi spent the whole day absorbed in a whirlwind of meetings to finalize yet another Covid decree, the third in three weeks. Never before has the package of measures under study been under a barrage of disputes. On the one hand, the extension of the use of the super green pass to the entire world of work and the hypothesis of expanding the vaccination obligation to other categories has come under the barrage of Lega and Movimento 5 stelle. On the other hand, the intention to keep schools open was harshly contested by some regional presidents.

Palazzo Chigi is currently keeping all the hypotheses on the table. The premier’s conviction is that the match on an erga omnes obligation is politically unsustainable, but at the same time he is absolutely convinced that in order to face the coming months and the explosion of contagions due to the Omicron variant, the audience of those who have received the vaccine. The calculation is simple: of the hard core of over five million unvaccinated Italians, more than half are of working age. Making the enhanced pass mandatory also for going to work, is the forecast, will allow a decisive acceleration of inoculations. The obstacle it faces is the opposition of Lega and a part of the 5-star Movement to a measure that is considered extremely invasive by the former, and which does not cover the unemployed and inactive for the latter.

From the pentastellated leaders come reassurances: “There will be no tear in the CDM”. The fault opened when the government delegation led by Stefano Patuanelli expressed itself in favor of the obligation, preferred to the super green pass. Raising an outcry that forced Giuseppe Conte to convene a joint assembly, the majority of which expressed a no to the imposition of the vaccine by law, but also expressed some opposition to the reinforced green card. The same line that Giancarlo Giorgetti, who is following the game for the League, sent to Palazzo Chigi. Matteo Salvini continues to keep a very low profile, without touching the subject to avoid accidents with the premier, but the position of the League is well known to Draghi.

A lump of resistance that perhaps for the first time Draghi will not be able to overcome with a shrug. A political control room is planned for tomorrow, which will be decisive for the measures that will be adopted in the afternoon by the Council of Ministers. At that time the Prime Minister could put a compromise on the table, after the hypothesis of a general extension of the super green pass on the world of work has hit many no. A compromise that would see the enlargement in the use of the super green pass invested only in the categories most exposed to the public or who are considered most at risk and therefore have the greatest impact on a health system already under pressure, starting with the employees of the Public Administration. An enlargement that could be combined with the extension of the obligation following the same criteria, for a patchy intervention that surgically achieves an effect as close as possible to that resulting from generalized measures.

If there is an issue on which the government appears united, it is that of not yielding to the request of many regional presidents to postpone the reopening of schools. Draghi and Bianchi move in unison, confirming the reopening for January 10th, despite the governors, who met in the morning, have asked that the Scientific Technical Committee express itself on whether or not to return from holidays using a period of distance learning, and that pasdaran like Vincenzo De Luca have announced that in the absence of decisions in this sense “they will do it alone”. A line that was also confirmed in the summit with Speranza and Figliuolo held in the afternoon, during which other proposals from the Regions were evaluated, starting with the rules of engagement to send a class to quarantine (with a positive case in the schools of the childhood, with two in primary and lower secondary schools, with three in upper secondary schools), continuing to strengthen the screening activity. Measures aimed at strengthening controls and limiting the spread of infections, but no step backwards on the reopening. A compactness that crumbles quickly when it comes back to talking about the super green pass. The control room of tomorrow will be decisive, probably never as in this case the beliefs of Draghi will be put under the magnifying glass of the parties, in search of a compromise that does not displease anyone.


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