ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League are expected to approve later on Thursday a policy programme for their planned coalition government, 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio said.
Reuters has seen a draft of the programme dated May 16, before it was handed to the party leaders for their approval. Here are key proposals covering foreign policy, defence, justice reform, immigration and other domestic issues.
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- Membership of NATO confirmed; the United States viewed as “privileged ally”
- Russia seen as “an economic and commercial partner”. Sanctions on Russia should be “immediately” withdrawn
- European Parliament’s powers should be increased because it is the only “democratically legitimate” European institution
- Some Italian military missions abroad are “distant from the Italian national interest” and need to be re-assessed
- Calls for a reform of the Dublin Treaty so that there is an “obligatory and automatic” distribution of asylum seekers throughout all the EU, instead of requiring them to stay in the country where they first touch European soil
- Calls for an increase in deportations; it says more detention centres must be opened and that irregular migrants should be held in them for up to 18 months
- For “transparency” and to prevent the infiltration of militants into the country, religious leaders should be registered with the state, and they should conduct prayers and services in Italian. Financing of mosques and other religious centres should be traceable
- Shut down all camps of unregistered Roma.
- Allow class-action cases
- Build more prisons, hire more prison staff. Hire more police; increase investment in law and order.
- Increase prison terms for all instances of corruption in public administration
- Loosen restrictions on the ability to claim “legitimate self-defence”
Create a new ministry to focus on the needs of disabled people and a new ministry of tourism.
- Overhaul parliament. Reduce number of parliamentarians in the lower house to 400 lawmakers from 630, and in the upper house to 200 from 315.
- Abolish National Council for Work and the Economy (CNEL)
- Offer more autonomy and funding to the regions
Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg