The anti-establishment Italian government have submitted their budget to be assessed by the unelected European Commission.
The Five Star/Lega budget plan includes a plan to introduce a basic income for the poorest, spend more on welfare and cut some taxes. They are aiming for a budget deficit of 2.4% in 2019 – the European Commission rules are against this exceeding 3%.
The European Commission will now asses the budget and could accept or reject it. There have been murmurings that the EU may well tell the Italian government to think again.
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said of the budget put forward: “I am extremely happy, we are keeping our promises, slowly but bravely.
“We are dismantling the previous pension law, giving back the right to work at 400,000 Italians. We are not raising taxes of any kind for 2019.”
Salvini also wrote on Twitter: “We do not multiply bread and fish, but certainly our economic manoeuvre will make Italians better.
Non moltiplichiamo pani e pesci ma certamente la nostra manovra economica renderà migliore la vita degli italiani. Dopo 137 giorni di questo governo, onore e onere, sono contento degli impegni fin qui mantenuti. E non molleremo!
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— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) October 16, 2018
“After 137 days of this government, honour and burden, I am happy with the commitments held up to now. And we will not give up!”
Meanwhile Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said: “We are keeping all our promises, we are very happy with this budget.”
An elected government having to receive the approval of EU Commissioners. Brussels-style democracy…