A number of Italian regions governed by center-left coalitions have announced they are appealing against the controversial "Salvini decree" that strips migrants of basic services. Now the Constitutional Court has to determine whether the decree is constitutional.
The political row over the controversial migration and security decree championed by Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini continues: The governors of Umbria, Tuscany and Emilia-Romagnaare have announced that they are appealing against the decree because they believe it to be unconstitutional. Sardinia's regional government is also scheduled to discuss an appeal against the decree.
This comes after some left-wing mayors rebelled against the decree, including Palermo's Leoluca Orlando, who said his local authority would not implement it. In response, Salvini accused the "mayors of the PD," the opposition Democratic Party, of solely "seeking visibility."
Unlike municipalities, regions in Italy can directly appeal to the Constitutional Court without first going through a judge.
'Uncertainty, insecurity and dis-integration'
According to the regional governors who oppose the migration and security decree, the measure compromises the right to healthcare, education and professional training, and it hinders integration, thus fostering social insecurity.
Sardinia Governor Francesco Pigliaru said the decree "creates uncertainty, insecurity and dis-integration."
Tuscany President Enrico Rossi said "we will coordinate with all regions and municipalities," adding that a "large movement" is being created against the package.
Will more regions file an appeal?
The regions Piedmont and Lazio are reportedly also considering filing an appeal. Piedmont Governor Sergio Chiamparino said: "I've had confirmation that the legal conditions exist for an appeal" to the Constitutional Court against the measure. "By impeding the renewal of permits to stay for humanitarian reasons, the decree will have repercussions on the management of health and welfare services that are our responsibility," he added.
Lazio Governor Nicola Zingaretti meanwhile said the regional government was weighing an appeal "which however needs to be solid and motivated." He also said the regional budget law will allocate 1.2 million euros in order not to close SPRAR asylum seekers' assistance centers.
Calabria Governor Mario Oliviero also recently said that the package "needs to be stopped" while Basilicata is reportedly also considering an appeal.