Now fast on vaccines and recovery. Draghi prepares the speech to the Chambers

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Overcoming the health emergency, with an acceleration of the vaccination campaign, and in the meantime giving solid foundations, with the Recovery plan, to an economic recovery that promises to be “slow”. This is the mission of the government led by Mario Draghi, in a “difficult” moment for the country. In the speech on trust in the Chambers, the Prime Minister will outline the way, indicating his priorities. Those who have had the opportunity to speak to him in the last few days foresee that he will do so, as in his style, with a speech with essential lines, short and without frills: every single word will be weighed in the programmatic intervention that Draghi would have already started to set up. And it should be very concrete, on the key points of the executive’s action and in the name of dialogue with Parliament.

Europeanism will be, as already anticipated in the party consultations, the first founding feature of the government. In the EU, Draghi is preparing to assert its weight in the direction of greater integration, starting with budgetary policy, with the push for permanent Eurobonds, after the Next Generation Eu experiment. In foreign policy, Atlanticism is the beacon.

Youth, environment, vaccines, are three other keywords for the former president of the ECB. Together with “social cohesion”. There are five emergencies to overcome – the prime minister observed in recent days -: health, economic, social, educational, cultural. The vaccine plan, to be accelerated following the British model, by improving logistics, production and supply, is the first worry for the new premier: only after having achieved herd immunity can the restart be strengthened. School is another difficult and central chapter, with the possible extended calendar and the commitment to fill all the chairs in September. Tourism and culture, then, two distressed sectors to restart and relaunch.

In Draghi’s approach there is the will to make the government work on two levels: that of immediate measures, starting with the decree that will have to decide how to use the 32 billion in deficit authorized by Parliament for refreshments; that of broader and longer term measures. Eyes, obviously, on the Recovery plan, which is expected to be heavily rewritten: more funds for healthcare, more investments, with faster procedures. And fewer bonuses. Because, as explained by Draghi in August at the Rimini Meeting, the debt underwritten for reconstruction can be “good” if used for production purposes, if it is unproductive it will be a ballast for the future.

Environmental sustainability, also in the creation of jobs, and technological innovation are the two basic guidelines destined to guide the choices, starting from the Recovery projects. The restarting of construction sites and the push for investments will also be the driving force for increasing employment and giving opportunities to young people. Draghi’s first major emergency will be to undo the knot of the end of the redundancy block at the end of March: between the lines of the speech in Parliament we expect to read, if not an answer that will be agreed with the social partners, the first clues about the direction that will follow.

In Parliament, which will vote in his confidence with a very large majority, Draghi should ask for dialogue and constant confrontation, to give strong legs to the government’s action. In fact, not only the Recovery but also the three major reforms that the premier intends to carry out will pass through Parliament: progressive tax reform, public administration reform and civil justice reform. Three huge enterprises, which will require time, but above all “cohesion”.

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