The Calenda-Zingaretti clash over Rome says a lot about the state of relations between the Democratic Party and the center in this political phase. “Special powers for Rome? It is clear that Zingaretti held the city hostage until a friendly mayor arrived “: Calenda had attacked on the possibility of giving Rome Capital more skills and resources, and then added:” Already during my electoral campaign I was asking the Pisana to attribute specific powers to the Capitol with regional law, therefore without waiting for the approval of the Parliament ». The words of the leader of Action come the day after the hearing of Governor Zingaretti in the Constitutional Affairs Commission of the Chamber of Deputies.
Zingaretti’s response was lashing: «As often happens to him, Calenda makes statements without knowing what he’s talking about. As I said yesterday in the Commission, in the last 8 years Rome has had 4 mayors, a commissioner and, fortunately, only one regional president. We have opened a fair confrontation with all the mayors for the devolution of powers ». In his note, the president of the Lazio Region recalls: “In 2013, when the mayor was Gianni Alemanno, one of the first acts of our first legislature was the renunciation of the appeal before the Constitutional Court initiated by the previous administration on the conferral of new competences in Rome . In November 2016, the mayor Raggi intervened in the Constitutional Affairs Commission of the Regional Council precisely on the proposal of the Region to transfer some powers to the capital. As it is easy to see, on the basis of administrative acts and not of gossip, the process on the transfer of powers to Rome has never been interrupted by the will of the Region, regardless of the political color of the various Capitoline administrations that have followed one another. This time, starting at the beginning of the new legislature of the capital with a serious and concrete discussion on issues discussed for years, makes me optimistic », concluded Zingaretti. «It is time to change and build and not destroy. But Calenda has now forgotten how to do it ».