Meloni at question time: clash with Schlein on healthcare. The dem secretary to the prime minister: “Discharge the responsibilities”

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“Are those approved the rules that we will have written? No. It is the best agreement possible under the given conditions, yes. When you present yourself at the negotiating table with a deficit of 5.3% caused above all by the free renovation of second and third homes and ask for greater flexibility, it is possible that someone will look at you with distrust. And if we, despite the terrible inheritance, have brought home a good compromise it is because in one year we have shown that the season of throwing money to the wind to pay for electoral campaigns is over “. Thus Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in the Chamber responding to the M5s on the Stability Pact.

Clash with Schlein

“Madam President, explain something to me: did you go into government to solve the problems of Italians or to offload the responsibilities onto others?”: the secretary of the Democratic Party Elly Schlein said this, in the reply after Prime Minister Meloni’s response to the question from the Dems on healthcare at Prime Minister Time, in which an extraordinary hiring plan in healthcare was requested. “The hiring cap – she then added – was introduced in 2009, she was in government and specifically she created the problem”.

“As my colleague Schlein recalls, the cap on healthcare personnel spending was introduced in 2009: it led to the growing use of fixed-term contracts and the devastating phenomenon of fee-for-service doctors. Let’s take into account a stratified situation over 14 years. I won’t ask why not you solved this problem. I will tell you that it is an implicit attestation of esteem that you ask us to solve the problems that you have not solved in ten years in government: thank you for trusting us and our government”. Thus Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in the Chamber responding to a question from the leader of the Democratic Party on waiting lists in healthcare.

Compensation for Nazi massacres

“We consider compensation to be a duty, we have shown this by increasing the fund in 2023. There cannot be a dilatory or obstructionist intent on the part of the government. This does not mean that the State Attorney’s Office must do its job of verifying the conditions for compensation. The completeness of the cross-examination is not inattention to the victims but respect for the law. There is no dilatory intent but a necessary job, let’s use citizens’ resources in the most correct way possible”. So does the prime minister Giorgia Meloni in the Chamber responding to Ricardo Magi (+E) on compensation to the families of the victims of the Nazi massacres.

The Fiat chapter

“The Fiat group and the associated Italian brands represent a very important part of the national industrial history, in terms of employment and wealth produced, an economic heritage that deserves the utmost attention, and this also means having the courage to criticize some choices of the management and the group when they have been distant from Italian interest, as I happened to do, often amidst general indifference”, said the prime minister, responding to a question from Matteo Richetti, group leader of Action-Per-Renew Europe, on Stellantis.

“I am thinking of the move of the legal and fiscal headquarters outside Italy or the merger that concealed a French acquisition of the historic Italian group: so much so that today a member of the French government sits on the FCA board of directors, it is no coincidence that the industrial choices of the group take French requests into greater consideration than Italian ones”, said Meloni.

Privatizations

“It’s not a question of privatizing for privatization’s sake, of divesting or selling off, as I said, the approach of this government is light years away from what we have unfortunately seen happen in the past when privatizations” were “gifts of billions to some well-connected and fortunate entrepreneur, that had nothing to do with the free market but rather “with what happened” with the Russian oligarchs when the Soviet Union dissolved”, said Meloni, underlining that the government aims to use privatizations as a tool for “industrial policy”.

“We want to go back to producing a million vehicles a year with those who really want to invest in historic Italian excellence. If we want to sell cars on the international market advertising it as an Italian jewel then that car must be produced in Italy, this is the question we must ask” , Meloni said.

“It’s not a question of privatizing for privatization’s sake, of divesting or selling off, as I said, the approach of this government is light years away from what we have unfortunately seen happen in the past when privatizations” were “gifts of billions to some well-connected and fortunate entrepreneur, that had nothing to do with the free market but rather” with what happened “with the Russian oligarchs when the Soviet Union dissolved.” Meloni underlines that the government aims to use privatizations as an instrument of “industrial policy”.

The war in the Middle East

“Italy has always been in favor of a Palestinian state, which is why I do not share the position expressed by the Israeli prime minister on the matter, said Meloni. An agreement – he added however – “cannot be requested unilaterally: the prerequisite is recognition of the interlocutors, of Israel and of the right of Israelis to live in safety”.

“We were the first to send aid to Gaza. I take this opportunity to announce that we are working to bring Palestinian minors to Italy to be treated in our hospitals”, added the Prime Minister.

Count to Meloni: “King Midas on the contrary, destroys everything”

“President Meloni, what are you? A King Midas in reverse. He transformed everything he touched into gold, she destroys everything she touches, even less”, said the leader of M5s Giuseppe Conte in his reply to Prime Minister Meloni, after it had responded to the Movement’s question on the stability pact and superbonus.