The leader of Italia Viva and former prime minister, Matteo Renzi, announced on Tuesday the resignation of the two ministers of his party who were part of the Government, opening a crisis in the Executive led by Giuseppe Conte. “The crisis has not been opened by Italia Viva, the crisis has been open for months,” said the social democrat Renzi as soon as a press conference began to announce the departure of his party from the government coalition, also formed by the 5-Star Movement (M5E) and the Democratic Party.
After weeks of discussion on the plan to spend the 209,000 million euros in grants and low-interest loans that Italy hopes to receive from the EU recovery fund, the Government finally approved on Tuesday the recovery plan after the crisis unleashed by the pandemic. . However, Renzi’s party has called for changes. Specifically, it requires that the plan include access to funding from the European Stability Mechanism to improve health services. However, the 5 Star Movement, the main coalition partner, refuses, as one of its main objectives was to end the European Stability Mechanism.
“Our ministers, Elena Bonetti (Family) and Teresa Bellanova (Agriculture) do not want to be in the Government at all costs. If you want them in the Government, you have to listen to some of their ideas,” he said. “I will not be an accomplice in the greatest waste of public money in the history of the republic,” he added.