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Govt to approve Constitutional reform bill Monday - Renzi

Premier aiming to make Italy easier, cheaper to govern

28 March, 16:22
Govt to approve Constitutional reform bill Monday - Renzi (ANSA) - Rome, March 28 - Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday told his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) that the government will approve a bill to change the Constitution to reform the Senate, stripping its lawmaking powers and turning it into a leaner assembly of local-government representatives, at a cabinet meeting on Monday. The bill will also include changes to Article V of the Constitution to scrap Italy's provincial administrations and take back some powers from the country's regional governments, many of which are guilty of overspending.

The aim of the reforms, which may take over a year to clear parliament, is to make it easier to pass legislation, and therefore govern Italy, and to reduce the huge cost of the country's political apparatus.