Maneuver 2024, Meloni: “1.5 billion to the armed forces, police and firefighters”

The Prime Minister meets the trade union organizations and representatives of the sector: “Without security there is no freedom”

“With the measure we are allocating five billion euros for national collective bargaining throughout the public sector. Based on calculations carried out by the Ministry of Economy, taking into account the wage bill and average wages, and also based on our priorities, we believe that of these 5 billion no less than 1.4 billion will be allocated to the Police Forces and the Armed Forces and another 100 million to the Fire Brigade. Therefore, a total of one and a half billion euros entirely destined for the sector that you represent”. The Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, in the meeting at Palazzo Chigi between the government and the trade unions and the representatives of the defense, security and public rescue sectors , illustrated in detail all the measures already adopted by the government for the sector in the first year of the legislature and then focused in particular on the measures relating to the renewal of public contracts envisaged by the 2024 budget. This is what transpires from Palazzo Chigi.

“I would like to express to you on behalf of myself and the entire government my appreciation and thanks for the work you do every day – underlined the Prime Minister at the beginning of her speech – It is not a ritual formula to thank those who provide their service every day in Italy and abroad, to defend our security and our freedom, to save those who find themselves in dangerous situations, to help the most fragile. It is something much more. It is something that affects our being together, the our being a community. Because without security there is no freedom, there is no social protection, there is no economic growth”.

“We have approved the economic maneuver for 2024, which lays the foundations for further steps forward. On the basis of the maneuver, we have convened a specific session of the Council of Ministers for today which deals with the needs of the defense, security and public rescue sector and which it also concerns safety issues,” Meloni said. “As far as the maneuver is concerned, the central issue is the issue of contract renewal. As you know, the contracts in the sector have expired since 2021 and are among those contracts that need to be renewed”, she recalled. Subsequently, the Prime Minister illustrated in detail the measures of the ‘security package’ being examined by the Council of Ministers today.

Meloni also explained that “the government is preparing to launch a legislative decree on the revision of the national military instrument. It is a provision on which the Defense has worked hard and which aims to overcome an anachronistic system and recognizes the need to adapt the personnel of the Armed Forces in line with the increased commitments at national and international level”.

“This provision will make it possible to enhance the professionalism necessary to face new challenges, also to protect new domains, and to recruit professionals in permanent service with high and very high specialization”, he underlined.