Von der Leyen and the EU’s perplexities about the post

Who is Giorgia Meloni really? Will you be the first Italian Prime Minister? And what will you really do once you are in government, if you win the elections and be named premier? And above all, are the words and commitments made during the election campaign, as well as those of the center-right coalition allies, really reliable and could they materialize in the future? These are questions that linger in various European chancelleries, and arouse not a few concerns. Yes, because despite Meloni’s yellow agenda has become, at least according to some of her most recent statements, increasingly comparable to that of the outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi, there are those who do not trust too much from the leader of Brothers of Italy. But the note of the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen remains valid for any executive that will be born after the vote of 25 September.

And during an intervention at Princeton University in the United States, as reported by Claudio Tito on Republicthe president of the European Commission, answering a question about the possible scenarios that will open up in Italy after the vote, replied: «I have already talked about Hungary and Poland. If things go in a difficult direction we have the tools (to recover). If, on the other hand, they go in the right direction, then responsible governments can always play an important role ». Of course, there has not yet been a vote and the outcome of the elections on 25 September is still to be seen, including the balance of the majority. But certainly from Brussels, but also in the rest of Europe and the world, one looks at Italy with curiosity, but also with some perplexity.

“Democracy is a constant work in progress, it’s never safe: you can’t just put it in a box”

“Democracy is a constant work in progress, it’s never safe: you can’t just put it in a box,” observed the president of the EU Commission. «We will see the outcome of the vote. We also had elections in Sweden (won by the right, ed). Any democratic government will be willing to work with us, on our part there will be the will to collaborate ». But basically what are the critical points that worry the EU? First of all, Italy’s compliance with the objectives and the time schedule of the NRP, up to 2026. If this does not happen, Italy risks losing the 150 billion euros still to be received to which i 70 billion of cohesion funds destined for our country.

The example of Hungary and Poland and Draghi’s call to credibility and transparency

The new executive – whatever it may be – must carry out the reforms envisaged by the Recovery Plan, otherwise European funds will fail. It is no coincidence that the president of the EU Commission, in answering the question on the post-vote scenarios in Italy, recalled the example ofHungary by Viktor Orbán who has excellent relations with the leader of FdI. On 18 September the EU Commission proposed cutting cohesion funds a Budapest due to the weaknesses of the rule of law in the country, as well as to the lack of transparency in public procurement, but also to the lack of independence of the judiciary and the absence of measures to fight against excessive corruption.

Slightly different speech for Warsaw which recently received a recall from the Commission due to the delays in the launch of the justice reform, essential to get in Poland the recovery funds that belong to the country. But be careful. Before calling them “external interference” it is good to recall the warning launched by President Draghi in his most recent press conference, calling all parties to transparency and to credibility national and international. There remains a question of method to keep the Italian flag high, in Europe and in the world. Obviously this also means not wasting European resources, not undermining the economic stability of the country and not precluding possible foreign investments in Italy, ça va sans dire.

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