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Parliamentary questions
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8 October 2020
Priority question for written answer P-005525/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Carlo Fidanza (ECR)
 Subject: Italian Government’s statements regarding the Recovery Fund

Numerous statements by major political leaders from the current majority, regularly reported in the press, emphasise that the amount allocated to Italy from the Recovery Fund is due solely to the fact that the Commission approves of the current government. It has also explicitly been stated that with a right-wing, less welcome government, those funds would not have arrived.

Zingaretti (PD - Democratic Party): ‘With the sovereignists in power, Italy would not have obtained what it did obtain from the Recovery Fund’.

Bonaccini (PD): ‘If the Right were in power today we would have no Recovery Fund’.

Di Maio (M5S - Five-Star Movement): ‘Europe has given us money from the Recovery Fund also because of our premier’s great credibility’.

Provenzano (PD): ‘We now have a great opportunity, that of the Recovery Fund, which would not be available if the sovereignist Right had been in government.’

These statements would appear to indicate that the Commission uses its powers and prerogatives to influence the democratic dynamics of Member States by freezing resources for politically unwelcome governments and supporting ‘friendly’ ones.

This is a very serious issue which would delegitimise the Commission and its independence.

Can the Commission therefore answer the following questions:

1. Have the Recovery Fund resources been allocated on the basis of the political affiliation of national governments?

2. Will the Commission publicly refute the above-mentioned statements?

Original language of question: IT
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