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Competition bill, what’s in the measure that infuriates Draghi

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There were other moments in which Prime Minister Mario Draghi called his majority to order. More or less blatant and more or less risky for the government. But the double passage yesterday and today on the competition bill, first with the Cdm flash to authorize confidence in the provision and then with the letter to the President of the Senate Elisabetta Casellati to unblock parliamentary work, marks a qualitative leap in the dialectic with the forces policies that should support him and that instead in the eyes of the premier continue to fight as if there were no mandatory deadlines. Draghi, even before the contents, this time sets a stake that admits few replies: “The government, in compliance with parliamentary prerogatives, must represent that, without a prompt definition of the Senate’s work with the registration in the Chamber of the provision and a its rapid approval by the end of May would unsustainably jeopardize the achievement of a fundamental objective of the NRP “. Someone calls it ultimatum, someone else already reckoning. The essence is that time is up and that the approval of the competition bill on time depends not only on the government’s stability but the entire system of economic policy linked to the NRP. The premier recalls that the bill was presented in the Senate on December 3, 2021 and assigned to the tenth Senate Commission in the referent session on December 23. On the following 25 February, the government presented the Commission with an amendment proposal approved by the Council of Ministers with which the bill was integrated. And today “despite numerous meetings have been held with the parliamentary forces, the voting operations have not actually started”. Marking the time passages serves Draghi to represent not only the urgency but also all the annoyance for having accumulated a delay that he considers unjustifiable, because one of the most important reforms of the NRP has been blocked in commission for five months. measure that infuriated the premier? There are measures that some forces of the majority, especially the League if we refer to the competitions for bathing concessions, consider indigestible for their own electoral base. And the expedient of lengthening the time in order not to arrive at an indigestible result was used continuously, for months, until the last meeting yesterday morning, coordinated by Undersecretary Roberto Garofoli, with the rapporteurs of the bill. On the merits, remaining at the beaches, Palazzo Chigi does not want to postpone the competitions beyond the deadline of January 1, 2024, as indicated in the amendment approved in February by the CDM. The League, but also the rest of the center-right government, wants to go beyond 2024. Discussion also on the compensation for those who will not review the concession renewed and on the requirements to access the tenders. The declared objective of Lega and Forza Italia is to safeguard family-run bathing establishments, or those small entrepreneurs who historically represent an electoral basin firmly in the hands of the center-right and who have so far benefited from the extensions. The ‘pressure’ outside the majority that comes from the Brothers of Italy also affects the moves of Lega and Forza Italia. “Draghi should explain to us the reasons for this imposition. We are talking about expropriating 30 thousand Italian companies and transferring our wealth for tourism to foreign multinationals … From government documents, this stuff is not in the PNRR … ”, he says the leader Giorgia Meloni. The problem linked to the times is, however, much wider than the perimeter of the battle on beaches and establishments. The bill must be approved in the Senate by the end of May and in the House before the summer break. By 31 December all the delegated decrees must also be approved. The provision contains rules on local public services; on energy; on transport; on waste; on starting up a business activity; on market surveillance. law aims to promote the development of competition, also in order to guarantee access to the markets of smaller companies; to remove regulatory obstacles, of a normal nature. mative and administrative, to the opening of the markets; to ensure consumer protection. They are sensitive objectives, which bring into play the interests of part and category and which are inevitably destined to rekindle a season of protests. As it happens every time you try to raise the level of competition. It takes time. Not only for the main reason, compliance with the roadmap provided by the PNRR, but also because the discussion will be tough and reach a political agreement within the majority on other hot chapters that will be addressed in the delegated decrees, just mention taxis and ncc , it will be even more complicated than what is happening for the framework law. Draghi knows this and cannot afford to burn the little margin that remains.

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