Good evening everybody by Giulio Centemero on giuliocentemero.com.
This weekend there was the usual appointment with “The press conference”. A very special conference, a Saturday night’s conference!
What did Conte and Gualtieri announced during this episode? 300 million euros of grocery vouchers will be assigned to the municipalities. How? Let’s read some parts of the order:
1. “On the basis of what allotted each municipality is authorized to purchase grocery vouchers to be spent on food in the shops listed on the municipality’s website.
2. The mayors of the municipalities have to identify the beneficiaries among the families more exposed to the risks arising from COVID-19 epidemic, prioritizing the ones without any other public support.”
Everything is on the shoulders of the mayors.
Without polemicize about the nature and the quantity of the allotment it is crystal clear that Local Entities, and in particular Municipalities and Regions, are very important. Mayors and presidents of Region, directly elected by the citizens unlike the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic, are together with the healthcare personnel, the real heroes managing this crisis. This government humiliates and underestimates them, this government wants a more centralized State but, when there are actual actions to be undertaken it is always the turn of Mayors and Presidents of Region.
It is time to change the architecture of this Country towards more autonomy, towards federalism and direct democracy.