Autonomy, Venetians on a war footing: “Betrayal by a loan shark”

The north fears a watered-down reform, yesterday Salvini bet on the government’s green light

Not only does the vote in the northern cities stir the waters in the Lega house, with tensions in the center-right. From the (former) Po Valley there is expectation on the theme ofdifferentiated autonomy, requested with the referendums of October 2017 in Lombardy and Veneto, but still to be approved. Last night, from the stage in Verona, during the election rally with the Lega and Fdi candidate, Federico Sboarina, Matteo Salvini has relaunched the theme. “I thank Luca, because if we bring Autonomy home it is thanks to him and we are almost there”, she said between applause, referring to Luca Zaia, governor of the region next to him on the stage. “Autonomy is good for the Veneto, but it is also good for the citizens of Calabria and Puglia, it means recognizing the merit”, he concluded, explaining that if the regions are virtuous thanks to autonomy, that money saved can be invested in other places, even for hospitals in the South. A less Nordic autonomy, which Salvini defined as ‘4.0’.

But from the grassroots and from the local committees for autonomy they remain critical of what is considered a watered-down reform, which would betray the northern regions. The former senator of the Northern League Paolo Franco, who is currently in charge of the Autonomous Committees of the Veneto is not there. “Finally – he tells AdnKronos – we can read a draft of the so-called ‘framework law’ on Autonomy, after almost five years from the referendums of Lombardy and Veneto and from the request of Emilia-Romagna”. I – he says – if I had to give a title to this draft I would call it ‘the Autonomy betrayed’ “, not failing to evoke the idea of ​​the loan sharking state vis-à-vis the northern regions.

Franco delves into the technicalities of the framework law, explaining that we are proceeding within a framework law which, instead of implementing, violates and distorts the provisions of the Constitution. ” essential performance) – explains the Northern League player -. The ‘framework law’ provides that, with regard to some matters, before being able to proceed with their devolution from the State to the Region, the Lep “must be determined, which had already been identified for several decades, while having to identify them today, for sectors such as health, assistance, education and local public transport, will lead to further delay in the reform “.

‘they fear autonomy, it can show damage to centralism and bureaucracy’

Second, the question of expenses and resources – adds Franco – the former correspond to the expenditure so far sustained by the State, the latter must be found among the Region’s own taxes and the regional co-participation on state taxes “. With the reform envisaged in the framework law “the Region concerned will not be attributed a corresponding financial sharing and will have to find additional resources from its own tax system, in other words apply other taxes to its citizens”, he says again speaking of a “loan shark state”.

Finally, Franco fears the risk of changing the agreement reached, with “a procedure envisaged, which allows the State to act even independently of the consent of the Region”. In conclusion, I think the issues of unconstitutionality of this ‘framework law’ are evident, further strengthened by the contents contrary to the spirit of the Constitution which provides for subsidiarity “, says the Northern League.

“We are faced with the real refusal of national politics to enhance autonomy”, in Rome “they fear that autonomy may demonstrate how harmful and heavy the burden of bureaucracy and centralism is, they want to continue to hold on to citizens, having fear that the request for autonomy will then take hold in other regions “.