First voting Plenary session, first financial aid to Italy from the new MEPs

The new European legislature started with a multi-million aid to Italy. The European Parliament was in Strasbourg this week for the first Plenary session after the summer break. It was the first time that the new MEPs were called to adopt legislative texts, and on Wednesday (18 September) the Parliament gave the green light to … Continue reading First voting Plenary session, first financial aid to Italy from the new MEPs

Irene Tinagli is the new chair of the ECON committee. Another woman for a relevant EU job

Italy and the Democratic Party (PD) conserved the top job in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), as the parliamentary body filled the seat left empty by Roberto Gualtieri by electing Irene Tinagli new president on Monday (16 September). Tinagli got the new role by acclamation. Initially elected president of the parliamentary body, … Continue reading Irene Tinagli is the new chair of the ECON committee. Another woman for a relevant EU job

Fact check: Can Gentiloni change the fiscal rules?

Maybe it’s enthusiasm, maybe it’s wishful thinking. Whatever the reason, Patrizia Toia was wrong. On Tuesday (10 September) the Democratic Party (PD) MEP made public remarks containing false information about the European Union. And it’s put on writing, in the press release sent to the press immediately after the official nomination of Paolo Gentiloni as … Continue reading Fact check: Can Gentiloni change the fiscal rules?

Gentiloni to be commissioner for Economic Affairs under Dombrovskis’ watch

Well, but not so well. Italy asked for the commissioner for the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. To achieve this goal the new-formed government proposed former prime minister Paolo Gentiloni to replace Pierre Moscovici. The Italian offer was accepted, but the final outcome is not so good for the “Belpaese”. … Continue reading Gentiloni to be commissioner for Economic Affairs under Dombrovskis’ watch

Five Stars escaped the crisis in Italy, but split in Brussels

The delegation of the Five Star Movement (M5S) at the European Parliament is losing unity, and risks falling into pieces. At least two MEPs criticized the decision of the party of forming a governing coalition with the Democratic Party (PD). The new Italian government, in other words, caused an earthquake inside the Movement. Ignazio Corrao … Continue reading Five Stars escaped the crisis in Italy, but split in Brussels

Why the new Italian government is not good news at all

Finally Italy went out of the crisis. The agreement between the Democratic Party (PD) and the Five Star Movement (M5S) is there. But it is not a complete good news. The green light came from the internet, as the Movement put the draft agreement under referendum for all its voters registered to the e-platform Rousseau. … Continue reading Why the new Italian government is not good news at all

Italy has a new government. Gualtieri leaves EP to become Economy minister, Gentiloni to be proposed as commissioner

Finally Italy has a new government and a nomination for the European Commission. Giuseppe Conte will guide his second ruling coalition, after the president of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, accepted both the team and the political program. On Thursday (5 September) the new executive formed by the Democratic Party (PD) and the Five Star Movement … Continue reading Italy has a new government. Gualtieri leaves EP to become Economy minister, Gentiloni to be proposed as commissioner

Von der Leyen hostage of the Italian political paralysis

Italy is blocking Ursula von der Leyen’s activity. The Italian delay in finding a name for the next European Commission prevents the German Commission chief from finalizing the structure of the EU executive body. EU sources told this website that the President elect can’t work on the distribution of portfolios because of the missing candidate … Continue reading Von der Leyen hostage of the Italian political paralysis

New ruling coalition in Italy offers Mogherini the chance of a second mandate

Until few weeks ago it was out of any probability that Italy could propose Federica Mogherini as member of the next European Commission. Then, with the solution of the political crisis, everything changed. As a result, Mogherini is now one of the names circulating as possible Italian EU commissioner to enter to function in November. … Continue reading New ruling coalition in Italy offers Mogherini the chance of a second mandate

Agreement looming, but can M5S and PD work together?

Italy is approaching a decisive moment, as the time given to the political parties to avoid a huge political crisis is about to expire. The president of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, authorised the Democratic Party (PD) and the Five Star Movement (M5S) to hold negotiations in order to see whether forming a new government is … Continue reading Agreement looming, but can M5S and PD work together?