Chaos Superbonus, the government closes to the extension. And on the manoeuvre, Meloni invites everyone to hurry


By John

Much loved and then equally hated, it is once again the Super bonus to wreak havoc, this time in the government majority itself and in the middle of the budget session. The manoeuvre, armored, still awaits the amendments of the rapporteurs and Forza Italia takes advantage of this to put the extension of the 110% relief for condominiums back on the table. An attempt immediately stopped by the Mef, which has no intention of reopening the purse strings, but which does not appease the pressure of part of the majority: even Fratelli d’Italia with the senator and rapporteur Guido Liris proposes a solution that loosens the tightening of the Superbonus and covers the work of the last months of 2023, currently at risk of ending up reimbursed only at 70% and no longer at 110%. But it doesn’t mean that the issue should be resolved in a budget because, as Deputy Prime Minister Antonio Tajani recalls, there is also the Milleproroghe. The day opens with another inconclusive session of the Senate Budget Committee which has not yet begun examining the amendments to the budget because some are missing. Another obstacle to the timing which risks extending until New Year’s Eve. The alarm goes off in the Chamber about the very short time for discussion and Forza Italia is asking for a majority summit to have reassurances directly from Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. The Prime Minister guarantees respect for Parliament’s prerogatives and urges everyone to hurry. In the evening, the government’s latest amendment arrives which remodulates the funds for the Strait Bridge, subtracting 2.3 billion euros from the development and cohesion funds (FSC) to lighten the state’s bill without touching the overall allocation of 11.6 billion. Most of the resources (1.6 billion) will come from the share of FSC funds from Sicily and Calabria, while 718 million will be taken from the central administration’s share.

A distribution that raises the opposition, with the Democratic Party denouncing the “theft of cohesion funds” and speaking of “Mussolini’s tanks” in motion. But beyond the risks regarding timing and the controversy due to the high number of amendments from the expected speakers (around thirty, on different topics), it is always the Superbonus that dominates the debate. Forza Italia’s attempted breakthrough, stemmed by Economy Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti, does not end the game. For now, only one option is blocked, that of extending the deadlines: December 31st is the last day to produce invoices reimbursable at 110%. From January 1st, the works will be reimbursed at 70%. But given that the invoices are reimbursed in bulk only at each progress report (or SAL) exceeded, the works carried out in the last months of 2023 that do not reach the threshold of one of the three foreseen SALs (30%-30%-40%) they risk not falling within the 110%. It is to help these condominiums that another hypothesis is being thought of, that is, a flexible (or extraordinary) Sal threshold that covers all the work in the last months of the year. “In my opinion it is something that needs to be done, we will continue to talk about it, there is also the Milleproroghe”, said Tajani, explaining that he wants to intervene for those who are already “70% of the way through”. The Minister of Relations with Parliament, Luca Ciriani, urges caution: “It is an issue on which we must move with great care, before writing a law and ensuring that it is approved by Parliament.” On the timing of the manoeuvre, meanwhile, after the majority summit in the Chamber Centre-right sources say that a definitive green light by 29 December is “realistic”. Two hypotheses were examined: one to conclude the work before Christmas, if the Senate gives the OK by the 19th; the other is to arrive at the House committee before the 25th and close between December 27th and 30th.