Stefano Bonaccini says hi region will pursue autonomy without a rferendum
Northern region Emilia-Romagna will demand further autonomy without holding a referendum, while southeastern Puglia is also viewed as a likely candidate for greater independence.
The President of Emilia-Romagna has already agreed to negotiate greater powers for the state with Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
The regional president, Stefano Bonaccini, said: “It is fair to reward regions with orderly accounts and a high level of efficiency in services.
However politicians within Italy’s right-wing Five Star Movement (M5S) have speculated Mr Bonaccini’s position will be weakened by the fact there was no referendum in Emilia-Romagna as there was in other northern regions.
Lombardy president Roberto Maroni has also announced he will attempt to pursue dialogue with the government.
Meanwhile Veneto’s Luca Zaia has proposed a constitutional amendment to include the region among those granted special status by the government, although this is not expected to be approved by the government.
Gianclaudio Bressa, Rome’s minister in charge of regional autonomy, said regions with special status were a precise historical category, and becoming one would not align with Italian law.
Unlike the mainland Italian regions, Sicily would abolish its own autonomy if it could, a leading politician from the region has said.
Sicilian Davide Farone, the health secretary in previous prime minister Matteo Renzi’s cabinet, said he thought his region would be better off if it had closer ties to the rest of Italy.
He said: “A greater autonomy doesn’t mean a better government. In my region, because of the Special Statute, all national reforms, right or left, have not been applied or have gone the wrong way. A joke, in short.”