Republic Day, Mattarella: State and local autonomy overcome challenges together

“The republican form was preferred to the monarchy and acquired its concrete configuration with the Constitution”. These are the words of the President of the Republic in the interview granted to Postenews magazine

“It is the networking between the State, local autonomies, institutions and components of civil society that makes it possible to face and overcome challenges and crises. With a gaze that is always able to look beyond the emergency to give citizens effective and lasting responses Having a shared vision, being capable of well-coordinated work are indispensable ingredients, as is the willingness to work in concert for an effective use of available resources, starting with those made available by the Pnrr in a broad horizon logic “. President Mattarella said so in a message to the Prefects for 2 June. The Head of State then spoke of the Republic Day: “June 2 is the ‘feast of us Italians’, who have chosen and wanted the Republic. On June 2, 1946, more than 89% of eligible voters went to the polls, in a country still seriously wounded by the war and the other adventures of the fascist regime. The republican form was preferred to the monarchy and acquired its concrete configuration with the Constitutional Charter”, he said in the interview granted to the magazine Postenews. And again: “It was drafted by the Constituent Assembly elected on the same occasion as the institutional referendum: the Fathers and Mothers of our Republic. Recourse to consultation by universal suffrage, for men and women, with free and secret voting, already represented in itself an extraordinary constitutive moment of the new consciousness. The forms that regulate our coexistence are the declination of principles that we find in the first part of the Constitution. The centrality of the person, the recognition of his integrity and inviolability, the primacy of equality among human beings , dignity, freedom, solidarity, rights and duties characterize the democratic structure of the new State born of the Liberation. These are values ​​that belong to all citizens. They are ours, and live in society in the passage between generations in active participation in life civil law”. (REPUBLIC DAY)

The interview

Mattarella also spoke of the Constitution: “Constitutionalism inspired by the Enlightenment inserted the right to the pursuit of happiness into the Charters. The preamble to the declaration of independence of the United States bears this inscription, moreover suggested by a great Italian thinker, Gaetano Filangieri. From that beautiful reference – present in some Constitutions today – our Charter indicates the right to work which, on closer inspection, is another way of declining human dignity, made up of personal fulfillment and means of sustenance, on the road to happiness. This is a commitment imprinted as an incipit in our Constitution and taken up again in the first four articles with exceptional clarity and force. They are also articles full of hope and projected towards the new generations. These are articles – and principles – that indicate permanent political, legislative and government action that manages to look beyond the immediate to design the best landing place for the younger generations. Work, the foundation of the Republic, is a goal that is still missing for too many young people and too many women. There is a need to connect the transformations of economic models underway, due to technological evolution, with the training necessary to interpret them, govern them to affirm the primacy of the person against the mere logic of profit or domination”.

Exhortation to young people

And on young people and women, Mattarella added: “What can they expect? Young people must participate in the transformations taking place in the country and not suffer its effects. Working in a country other than one’s own must be a choice and an opportunity to increase one’s training. It cannot be a necessary escape. Young people ask to be heard. They are the vital energy that is quickly reintroduced into the engine of Italy. Article 3 of the Charter assigns the Republic the task of removing obstacles of an economic and society which, by effectively limiting the freedom and equality of citizens, prevent the full development of the human person and the effective participation of all workers in the political, economic and social organization of the country.It is our declination of a right to happiness.As for women, there are old and new dynamics that influence life choices.There are still obstacles to be removed to allow them full fulfillment in the working dimension and in private life. When the right of an individual is denied, the whole community suffers. As long as there is only one area de facto barred to a woman, the principle of equality will be betrayed”. Finally on the European Union: “European unity represents one of the most successful events in the history of our continent. Within the framework of the European institutions and with their help it has been possible to achieve the greatest social progress, guarantee democracy and the system of freedoms, ensure a condition of peace after the continuous conflicts of previous centuries. In today’s context, in which the size of the protagonists of international life is decisive, none of the individual countries that belong to the European Union would be capable, alone, of playing an effective role. In moments of crisis, the values ​​of the European founding pact are rediscovered to face emergencies together. Even for the construction of the common house, progress has been faster in difficult moments. The response to the pandemic has been an example of this. In the globalized world, stating that no one saves themselves is not a mere ritual affirmation. Next year there will be elections to the European Parliament. An extraordinary opportunity for democracy for the citizens of twenty-seven countries. We are Europe”.