The Italian government, at a special Cabinet meeting in Rome on Saturday (26 November), drew up a programme to bring the country's sagging economy under control.
The Italian government, at a special Cabinet meeting in Rome on Saturday (26 November), drew up a programme to bring the country's sagging economy under control. The plan contains tax increases and cuts in public spending. But while the government concentrated on economic matters, the Italian Communist Party was focusing its attention on the forthcoming schools council's elections. It urged that all political parties should draw up joint lists of candidates for the elections, which will be held next month.
SYNOPSIS: Minister for State-run Companies, Signor Toni Bisaglia, arrives for the special Cabinet meeting, which had a note of urgency about it. Six months ago, the government promised the International Monetary Fund it would keep the public spending deficit this year to 21.5 billion dollars. But the government has admitted the deficit has soared well above this figure. No details of the news measures were released after the meeting because they have to be finalised first at government level, then in negotiations with the six political parties which support the government.
Speakers at the Communist Party congress said drawing up joint lists of candidates for school council elections would avoid political struggles in the school system. General Secretary of the Communist Party, Signor Enrico Berlinguer, was among the speakers. School's councils are made up of representatives of parents, teachers and students and they decide how each school should be run. Throughout the country, the parents' representatives are chosen from lists of individuals belonging to the various political parties. So far support for the Communists' joint idea has come from the Republicans, Socialists, Social Democrats and Radicals. It has, however, been opposed by the Christian Democrats, the Liberals and Neo-Fascists.