League party leader Matteo Salvini during traditional party rally in Pontida (Bergamo), 18 September 2022 | Photo: ANSA / PAOLO MAGNI
League party leader Matteo Salvini during traditional party rally in Pontida (Bergamo), 18 September 2022 | Photo: ANSA / PAOLO MAGNI

League party leader Matteo Salvini told the Spanish newspaper El Pais in an interview that if he were to return to the government following elections in Italy on September 25, he will introduce a "territorial waters entry ban" to be applied to NGOs rescuing migrants at sea.

With Matteo Salvini back as part of the government as interior minister, Italy would return to "a national maritime waters entry ban" for NGOs saving migrants at sea in the Mediterranean. This is what the League's leader stated during an interview with the Spanish daily El País, published on Saturday (September 17) on its front page with a picture.

"This year the number of deaths in the Mediterranean has doubled, compared to the figures when the security ban was in place," added Salvini. "For this reason, the ban will come into force immediately," he noted.

Security bans will return if a center-right government wins

If a new center-right government were to win elections, Matteo Salvini promises that 'his' security bans for NGOs "impeding their entry into Italian territorial waters" will, once again, resume.

During the interview the League party leader told the Spanish daily El PAÍS that he does not recognize himself in the 'far-right' label often attributed to him.

While addressing the energy crisis, he highlighted the need to allocate and earmark a financial measure of 30 billion to offset the increase in energy bills because "we cannot always wait for Europe," he added.

At the economic level Salvini insists on applying the flat tax and pensions reform named Quota41, which reduces to 41 years the contribution time needed for all workers to retire, scrapping one year and 10 months for men and 10 months for women.

Internationally, the former minister reiterates that should the executive branch go to the center-right at the ballots "we will not change Italy's international alliances."

Salvini also launched the proposal for a new 'Mediterranean front', with the objective of "putting the Mediterranean back at the center" of a potential alliance. "Portugal-Spain-France-Italy-Greece-Malta-Cyprus": this will be "the challenge of the future and not just to fight migration," he said.

Lastly, on Hungary, Salvini stated that the choices made at the ballot box must be respected, even if Brussels does not agree. He closes by stating that "I don't like external interfering."

 

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