From the ESM to the Stability Pact, Meloni ‘calls’ the allies to resolve the EU issues

The ‘main dishes’ on the table of the majority summit convened by the Prime Minister

The highlight of the menu is the European negotiation on the new rules of the Stability Pact. But at the majority summit convened in the afternoon by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni at Palazzo Chigi – also present were the two deputies Antonio Tajani and Matteo Salvini – all the ‘dishes’ at the table with Europe are included, including the issues of the ESM and the seaside resorts, as well as the inevitable Pnrr, cross and delight of minister Raffaele Fitto. The meeting lasted just over an hour, in a climate of “full harmony and collaboration”, government sources assured at the end of the meeting. Then the prime minister and the ministers reached the Quirinale to witness the swearing-in of the new judges of the Consulta, leaving behind more than one open game with Europe.

The Minister of Economy, Giancarlo Giorgetti, a veteran of last week’s Ecofin, illustrated the state of the art of the negotiations, which saw him leave Brussels bitter but ready to do battle in the next round. A battle which, for Italy, also passes through the ESM, whose ratification for the government – it is explained by sources close to the dossier – remains closely linked to the restyling of the Stability Pact and the completion of the banking union. For the prime minister, a ‘rethink’ of the European Stability Mechanism remains necessary, transforming it into a potential lever for growth. In addition to the fact that, for Meloni, an instrument cannot be approved if the framework is not known and, at present, the ESM refers to old balances of the Stability Pact under discussion. In a handful of days, however, Parliament will be called to have its say, while Europe continues to press for Rome’s green disc.

Another issue to be resolved is that of beach resorts, a category that has always been supported by those who now sit in government. ll head of Fdi delegation to the European Parliament, Carlo Fidanza, leaving Palazzo Chigi, assures that a solution will arrive by the end of the year and will take into account what emerged from the ad hoc table on the topic, i.e. the non-scarcity of resources, i.e. of Italian beaches. There are many options on the table, including that of completely disapplying the Bolkestein directive. With the real risk of opening a new battle ground with Europe.