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Italy: Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s policy statement to Parliament outlines a wide-ranging program for a ‘new Reconstruction’

Mario Draghi, Italy’s newly sworn in Prime Minister and head of a ‘unity government’ that ranges from the left to the extreme right, is committed to “fighting the pandemic and to fighting the economic crisis.” His policy statement, read out on 17 February in the Senate, shows a willingness to face not only the emergency situation, but also the major issues of the time, namely future generations, ecological transition, digitalization, and gender parity. Aware of the concerns raised by the inclusion of Matteo Salvini's Northern League party in his government, PM Draghi firmly underlined his new executive’s European ideals. The new government’s reforms will primarily focus on taxation, public administration and justice.

Through . Published on 17 February 2021 à 15h25 - Update on 17 February 2021 à 15h16

In alluding to Italy’s post war reconstruction that saw ‘ideologically distant if not to say opposing political forces working together’, PM Draghi is calling for a new period of ‘Reconstruction’. Underlining the goal of delivering “a better and fairer country” to the new generations, the prime minister’s speech clearly anchored his government in the European Union, insisting on both the irreversibility of the euro and the need for greater EU integration.…

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