The Italian government has received a reasoned opinion from Brussels in the ongoing infringement procedure related to the management of seaside resorts. This new step has caused frustration among both the majority and the executive, as they feel that it dismantles the work done by a technical table on mapping the beaches. Italy now has two months to respond, and the government is considering a regulation to present by the end of the year.
According to Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, Italy is ready to give immediate answers and has been working for months to provide a framework for territorial administrations and economic operators. He argues that there is no scarcity of resources available for those who wish to do business in this area.
On behalf of Azzurri Bergamini and Gasparri, Antonio Gasparri says that the focus should be on guaranteeing continuity of concessions for existing seaside businesses, which are an essential resource for the economy. He notes that there is more than enough resource available for those who want to engage in business activities in this area.
Fabio Fidanza, head of Fratelli d’Italia delegation to the European Parliament, welcomes the willingness expressed by EU Commission spokesperson Valdis Dombrovskis to keep dialogue open with Italy. He believes that this step is not an obstacle to expected dialogue with Brussels but rather a logical continuation of an ongoing infringement procedure. Zucconi agrees and notes that once contents are known, it could even help draft national legislation that resolves the issue once and for all.
The Italian government faces several open fronts with Europe, including ratification of ESM vote in Chamber (which is scheduled for November 22nd but destined to be postponed) and procedure related family allowance for dependent children. Opposition criticizes executive’s attitude: right-wing politicians mock citizens, businesses and EU representatives.