The Minister of the Environment and Energy Security, Gilberto Pichetto, in his speech at the hearing before the Environment Commission of the Chamber on the outcome of the meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union on 20 June
“The government has been accused repeatedly in recent weeks of ‘climate denial’. There have also been those who have hypothesized the introduction of a new criminal case: the crime of ‘denial'”. Thus the Minister of the Environment and Energy Security, Gilberto Pichetto, in his speech at the hearing before the Environment Commission of the Chamber on the outcome of the meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union on 20 June 2023.
“A narrative, however, devoid of any connection with the factswith the concrete actions, with the behaviors that the government has implemented since it took office, starting with the Sharm el-Sheikh Cop where the premier Giorgia Meloni, recently installed, solemnly reiterated that Italy would have kept faith to all the climate commitments undertaken at international level – explains – E we are strictly adhering to those commitmentsfor example by restarting the renewable energy sector which was practically paralysed, by elaborating a much more ambitious and at the same time realistic proposal for the revision of the Pniec than the previous one, by launching the Climate Change Adaptation Plan which had never been elaborated”.
Going into the merits of the outcome of the European Union Environment Council of 20 June, Pichetto explains that “we are in favor of achieving environmental objectives. We are not willing to submit to directives and regulations that penalize Italy without benefiting the environmentindeed in some cases damaging it”.
“Italy is one of the largest and most important countries in the Union, it has the second largest manufacturing in Europe, it has history, prestige, authority to have its say and defend national interests, just as the representatives of all the countries do in Brussels of the community,” he explains.