50 YEARS OF REGIONS: THE ARCHITECTURE OF ITALY PUT TO THE TEST
In Collaboration with Gruppo Maggioli, Cassa Depositi Prestiti and SkyTg24
Invited speaker Sabino Cassese, Emeritus Judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy and Professor of Global Governance at the School of Government, LUISS Guido Carli. Stefano Bonaccini, President of Emilia-Romagna Region; Massimiliano Fedriga, President of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region; Maurizio Fugatti, President of the Autonomous Province of Trento; Jole Santelli, President of Calabria Region; Giovanni Toti, President of Liguria Region; Luca Zaia, President of Veneto Region. Introduced by Andrea Simoncini, Vice President of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation, Full Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Florence. Moderated by Fabio Vitale, Journalist for SkyTg24.
In recent months–particularly following the health emergency–macroscopic tensions have reemerged in the State-regions relationship which require reflection, beginning with Article 5 of the constitution: “The Republic is one and indivisible. It recognizes and promotes local autonomies, and implements the fullest measure of administrative decentralization in those services which depend on the State”. If there exists in all political systems a “physiological” dialectic between centralized power and local autonomy, it cannot escape careful observation that even 50 years after the establishment of the Regions, a completely convincing approach has not yet been found. Even the reform of Article V of the Constitution in 2001 remained unfulfilled and left a gray area between federalism and centralism, without producing a coherent architecture capable of effectively serving the common good.