The opposition forces in Italy continue to oppose reform of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), which was put on the back burner before the pandemic due to Italy’s objections.
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi stated that his party will vote against ESM reform in parliament on 9 December, noting that “our proposals for an ESM reform were ignored.”
League leader Matteo Salvini is also against the ESM’s reform. “Whoever votes in favour of this reform is putting the future of our children in the hands of some bureaucrat in Brussels,” he said.
However, Forza Italia has always been in favour of using the Pandemic Crisis Support of the ESM, which for Italy, would consist of almost €37 billion to be invested in the health sector.
“This opposition to the reform has nothing to do with the €37 billion for the health sector”, Berlusconi specified.
(Alessandro Follis | EURACTIV.it)