(ANSA) - Rome, April 2 - The head of Italy's powerful
industrial confederation on Wednesday urged the country's
political parties to choose candidates "worthy of the task" for
upcoming European Parliament elections, vowing to support the
government if it continues "to oppose the austerity dogma".
In a document destined for top Italian political leaders,
Confindustria chief Giorgio Squinzi outlined 10 priorities for a
Brussels needs "the best possible representatives from our
country," he said in his call to focus on recovery and turn the
page on Italy's deepest recession since World War II, which
officially ended late last year but has been followed by tepid
The document, he stressed, is meant to "revive the European
project" and "respond to the crisis and the feeling of distrust"
that is rampant among the Italian electorate.
Euroskeptic parties are expected to do well at European
Parliament elections May 25 as austerity-weary voters continue
to bear the brunt of the sovereign-debt crisis, namely in terms
of unemployment, which is at a record 13% in Italy.
Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) roared to
a virtual three-way tie at national elections last year on an
Meanwhile the regionalist Northern League, as well as
France's National Front, have capitalized on a similar message,
to great effect at the polls.
"Europe must oppose the austerity dogma", aim for growth
and promote competition with "greater flexibility in exchange
for robust reforms," said Squinzi. "If the government continues
in this direction, it will have our support".
Squinzi went on to stress the importance of taking EP
elections seriously, and not treating them as a "parking lot"
for paying back political favors, as they have been in the past.
"These candidates must commit themselves, they must be ever
present, and they must manage European issues in the most
appropriate way. This is absolutely necessary," he said.