“From the discussion that is emerging on the topic ofdifferentiated autonomywe understand more and more that this is a national issue that affects the entire country, ua reform that will further increase the gap between the North and the South of Italy. And this is how we have to live it, because this is a government that has made identity, unity, traditions, the Tricolore, a pride to carry forward and highlight and the Calderoli reform does everything, except talking to the unity, solidarity and national identity. Indeed, this is a law that is destroying the country and trampling on the Tricolore”. Thus the mayor of Reggio Calabria, Giuseppe Falcomatàin comparison with the other mayors of Calabria, in a meeting in Catanzaro to discuss differentiated autonomy and the effects on the territories.
“For us the Tricolor – added Falcomatà – has a serious meaning, when we wear the armband we really represent the communities, a piece of our country, Italy, otherwise we will only have the colors of our respective cities”.
“We mayors – he highlighted – represent a small piece of a puzzle that the entire country, without that piece everything loses meaning and the Calderoli law pays attention to that whole which is the national identity”.
“The most obvious examples – recalled the mayor of Reggio Calabria – we already have with the provision of services to citizens, such as municipal nursery schools, which we open exclusively with European funds, therefore external to the organisation. A concrete initiative that we could carry forward is to invite Minister Calderoli to our cities, take him to our municipal kindergartens, and have him explain to children and families that they are guilty of being born in the wrong part of Italy”. “We could say the same thing – he concluded – also for other essential services such as public health or local public transport”.
Also speaking at the meeting were the mayor of Catanzaro, Nicola Fiorita, the mayor of Cosenza, Franz Caruso, the mayor of Crotone, Vincenzo Voce and the president of the national Anci and mayor of Bari, Antonio Decaro.