End of the legislature: Italians to the polls on 4 March 2018
The Italian President Sergio Mattarella has signed the decree of dissolution of the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies, arrived at the natural deadline of five years. The Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and the Council of Ministers shall remain in office until the new Government is appointed.
“The country has recovered, and we will continue to govern. The truth is that Italy has restarted after the worst crisis since World War II”, said Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni during the press conference at the end of the year. “Of course in addition to playing my fundamental role as Prime Minister, albeit in a context of the electoral campaign and dissolved chambers, I will give my contribution to the campaign of the Democratic Party”.
According to Gentiloni, the fundamental task was to “avoid abrupt and traumatic interruptions at a very delicate moment for the Italian economy and for our society that was licking its wounds, was breathing, and, in some regions, was running again. It would have been devastating to arrive at traumatic interruptions and provisional exercises. The first commitment of the next legislature must be not squandering the efforts made so far, it would be irresponsible not to commit ourselves. We are at the beginning of this path. woe betide us if we imagine a future of small cabotage! My government was born a year ago after the defeat of the referendum, the resignation of Renzi and the difficulties of the Democratic Party, but we didn’t just make a living”. The Italian growth in the past year “has taken a good rhythm” and today it is traveling “at twice the forecast of a year ago”. And “the famous backlight of Europe is no longer us”.
“We have recovered a million jobs lost, mostly with an open-ended contract – said Gentiloni. – Still, there is little to rejoice about, just think of young people, of the South, of the rate of general employment still very low, of the women, of the job-insecurity. All of this features tell us how much we need to insist and how little jokes there is in the next few years”.
“The rights issue is an unfinished but historic chapter – added the premier, – last year we voted for the civil unions, we established the crime of torture, we voted the law on unaccompanied minors, the law on violence against women, and on the living will. I have been hearing talk about all of this for 16 years, and I am happy to have been part of the governments that have approved them”.
“This year, as well as at the end of the year, this conference also has a special meaning – explained Gentiloni – I can say that I consider it important to have reached an important goal of this government, which is having reached an orderly conclusion of the legislature”.