Differentiated autonomy, the bill in the Senate today

The process of the first reading begins, the House will be asked to evaluate 337 amendments and 6 agendas. The Lega rapporteur Paolo Tosato: “Objective is the green light within the legislature”

Differentiated autonomyarrives in the Senate Chamber the bill today at 4.00 pm. The Calderoli bill, after six months of discussion in the Constitutional Affairs Commission, the process of the first reading begins, after overcoming moments of tension between the majority forces and the opposition. The work in the first commission recorded around sixty hearings, dozens and dozens of documents acquired with ‘technical’ opinions, for a total of 649 sessions and the vote on 385 amendments, of which 83 were approved, half of which arrived from the opposition.

Objective approval within the legislature

At Palazzo Madama the speakers will be Costanzo Della Porta (Fdi) and Paolo Tosato (Lega). For the latter “we are faced with a balanced rule, which we think can be operational by the end of this legislature”. Tosato tries to hypothesize the timing: “The most reliable forecast is that the general discussion will take place this week and in the meantime the evaluation of the amendments will begin – he explains interviewed by AdnKronos -. I hardly believe there will be a vote on the amendments this week “.

337 amendments to the text

The Chamber will be called to evaluate 337 amendments and 6 agendas: “But those of the majority, all from Fdi, are a handful”, assures the Northern League member who denies friction in the majority. “I think that within the majority there should be no problems because there was a very broad discussion in the Commission, more than 80 amendments were approved there, more or less half of which were from the opposition and half from the majority “he recalls. Underlining how there has already been “a real debate both with the opposition but also within the majority to define a text that is as shared as possible, so I think that there should be no problems in the chamber at this point because they should have eventually emerged in the Commission “.

Certainly the opposition will not make any concessions on a law that is accused of dividing the country between North and South, rich and poor. “I believe that their position is more of a political nature than on the merits of the provision, so much so that if today we bring the “reform” to approval it is thanks to the constitutional reform of the fifth title which was launched in 2001 by the centre-left. Among other things, the only constitutional reform of the three important ones in recent decades which then had the popular green light, while devolution and Renzi’s reform were rejected”.

“The law is very balanced – he assures – because it does not provide for the use of historical expenditure but of Lep. So it is truly, in my opinion, an absolutely balanced law which gives guarantees to everyone”. Tosato, however, does not exclude that the bill, once it has received the green light from the Senate, could be ‘retouched’ in the Chamber at second reading. “The third reading is possible, the Chamber may also want to make its own contribution. It is obvious that from a political point of view the majority balance has already been achieved, but nothing excludes that even small changes could be made – he adds – Once the law has been approved, a democratic process of discussion between the regions involved, the government and Parliament will finally be able to begin to define which matters must be included”.

Regional and European in the background

In the meantime there will be the electoral rounds, the regional and the European ones. For Tosato, the friction over Sardinia, with the tug-of-war between his party and Fdi, will have no influence and will have no impact on Parliament. Indeed: “No risk, I exclude it. It is obvious that during a legislature there are various local elections and these cannot influence the progress of government activity. I reverse the situation, it would be a problem for the government and the majority if instead there were obstacles on the path to Autonomy or the premiership, on the contrary it is not the regional ones that can create tensions”. “The game is played more in Parliament on these two reforms than elsewhere, so if these go smoothly the government holds”, adds the Northern League senator.