Italian Senate approves Culture Decree
Measure to revitalize sector goes to Lower House25 September, 17:02
The measure, which now must be approved by the Lower House, passed in the Senate with 175 votes in favour, 18 against and 54 abstentions.
Anti-immigrant Northern League representatives voted against the measure, as did the centre-right's ex-culture minister Sandro Bondi. Representatives from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) abstained. The bill would allocate new funding for the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and other attractions; bailout funds for troubled opera companies; tax credits for cinema production; and a work program to employee 500 youths, among other measures.
The Senate also approved an amendment to the bill favouring circuses without animals.