A special statute for Rome can be done in five months. To tell the Messenger, is the Minister of Regional Affairs Mariastella Gelmini. Meanwhile, in this year’s budget law, the government has already “provided a fund of about one and a half billion for the 2025 Jubilee. It is a first step and a necessary signal of attention to the capital,” he explains. «Then we will also think about the Expo. This is as far as financing is concerned. We have initiated three levels of dialogue on powers: with Parliament, where the report of the Ministerial Commission that I set up was deposited, with the Ministry of Economy, for financial profiles, and with the Region and the Municipality, whose involvement is obviously indispensable. “.
If we were to pass from a constitutional law, however, a double reading would be needed. But the times, explains the minister, could also be very short. “In the end, it would be a question of approving a very streamlined text, even of a single article, on which there has already been a large share of political forces”, he says. «In four to five months we could arrive at the definition of the path. Obviously, the choice of which way to go is in the hands of Parliament ».
The minister, however, excludes the path of the decree law, “both for the legal nature of the discipline, and because it involves the implementation of a constitutional provision that requires maximum parliamentary agreement”, she specifies. «Moreover, the Chambers have already carried out a great deal of in-depth work and it is reasonable to think that this could soon be translated into a text of the law. In order to begin to transfer a series of administrative functions, ordinary, state or regional laws may suffice. In this regard, I believe that we can start right now and I accept Zingaretti’s willingness, also expressed yesterday, to set up that inter-institutional table I spoke about during my hearing in the Constitutional Affairs Commission “.
But the reform of the capital is not linked to the autonomy that Luca Zaia cited again in his interview with Corriere. “I do not see any need to necessarily link differentiated autonomy to the rules for Roma Capitale: they can proceed on autonomous tracks. I simply point out that not the government, but some bills under consideration by the Constitutional Affairs Commission, hypothesize to use Article 116 of the Constitution to give Rome greater powers. I don’t want to put it on the technical side, but it is the same article also invoked by Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna to have more powers. It is one of the hypothesized ways. Certainly not the simplest. As for the statements by President Zaia, I am pleased that he shared the idea of the framework law and that he is confident of the confrontation we have initiated ».
In the design hypothesized by the commission created by the minister, “Rome would have a derogating power from state and regional legislation on some defined areas in which to assert the specific needs of its territory. Without thus becoming a region, it would be a municipality with a special statute as befits a capital and as is the case for all the great European capitals ».