Viva l'Italia

On Friday, June 13th, the Italian Government is due to adopt a set of measures reforming the Public Administration. The adoption follows a one moth on-line public consultation as the new legislative package aims to improve efficiency in the public sector. On Thursday the Italian Minister for the Public Administration, Marianna Madia, 33, is expected to illustrate the Government plan to the country’s main trade unions.

Matteo Renzi’s Government wants to encourage labour mobility, even without previous consent. But employees could keep the same salary and would not be forced to leave their geographical region.

Workers who approach retirement should not stay at work any longer. By doing so, the Government hopes to secure 10.000 jobs for young people.

Futhermore, Madia wants to foster part time jobs promoting work-life balance, notably for women. Madia is a mother of two children and her younger daughter was born right after she was appointed Minister.

In Italy thousands of employees still work with temporary contracts. Even Minister Madia has talked about a shameful and an umbearable situation.

This is not the first reform in Italy’s modern history: nearly all governments have tried to overwhelm the public sector. In 1997 former Minister Franco Bassanini became popular with promoting the first-ever package aimed at cutting red tape. But the public sector is still affected by corruption, bribery and administrative burden for businesses.

Recent arrests in Milan and Venice, involving Expo 2015 and Moses projects, show that corruption scandals are still an issue in Italy. Just 20 years after Tangentopoli nothing seems to change.

Therefore, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi would like to grant more powers to the national anti-corruption authority and its president Raffaele Cantone. He believes this is the most efficient way to lead to more control on how public funds are spent. But for the time being this law is far from being approved.

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