The governor of the Italian region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Massimo Fedriga, who is a member of the League party | Photo: ANSA/Fabio Frustaci
The governor of the Italian region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Massimo Fedriga, who is a member of the League party | Photo: ANSA/Fabio Frustaci

The new Italian cabinet has ruled that a law, instated by the northern Fruili Venezia Giulia region, is discriminatory. During its first cabinet meeting, the government decided to contest the law in question.

Italy's new government seems to be making changes already. At its first cabinet meeting, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte's new government decided to declare an immigration law in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia invalid. The cabinet labeled it "discriminatory."

The issue was brought up by new Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia, on the basis that the law exceeds regional competencies and its contents go against some constitutional principles.

A statement released by the cabinet regarding the law, which was passed in July 2019, took issue with some of the measures related to immigration; it stated some measures "appear discriminatory and are contrary to the principles of article 3 of the constitution and in violation of the exclusive competency of the state."

League governor announces appeal

Reaction was swift from the governor of the region, Massimo Fedriga, a member of the nationalist League party. Fedriga announced he would appeal the decision at the Constitutional Court. Referring to the new cabinet, he said he was "happy to have irritated these traitors."

The cabinet has taken issue with two articles in Fedriga's regional law -- article 22 and article 52c. Article 22 states that the region will finance the repatriation of migrants who have received expulsion orders using money from a migrant integration fund that was established by another regional law under the previous center-left regional government of Governor Debora Serracchiani.

Fedriga not only defended the law in question but reemphasised his support for it. "We have taken funding away from skiing and sewing lessons for migrants who entered illegally and we use it for repatriations," he said.

A law judged to be discriminatory

Article 54c of the law states that regional job incentives with funding granted to businesses "can be granted exclusively for the hiring, insertion or job stabilization of those who, on the date the incentive is granted, are shown to have continually resided in the region for at least five years."

The five-year residency requirement tends to favor local residents over migrants, but Fedriga defended this measure as well. "According to the PD-5-Star Movement government, with the money from this region's citizens, we can't help this region's citizens, but we also have to help migrants."

Fedriga said the new Italian government should be ashamed. He said, with their new pronouncements they had already given birth to an era of "wild [or unchecked] immigration."


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