Democratic Party has opened-up a positive future for Italy


Nicola Zingaretti at a PES European Council preparation meeting

Nicola Zingaretti with First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and others at a PES European Council preparation meeting, March 2019. 

The Party of European Socialists welcomes the new Italian government.

Thanks to the efforts of the Democratic Party, Italy is moving out of political crisis and will once again play a constructive role in Europe.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

“Nicola Zingaretti and the Democratic Party have put Italy first, and by their actions they have steered the country away from political turmoil and towards a positive future - they have managed to bridge political differences for the benefit of Italy.

"Thanks to this sacrifice and hard work, Italy now has a functioning government and the country will once again take its place as a leading nation in Europe. For that the PES strongly congratulates them.”

He added:

“I am particularly happy that the first act of the new government has been to nominate former Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni as Italy’s new European Commissioner. He is a well-respected figure across the entire progressive family in Europe and beyond. He is a strong choice for Italy and the EU.”

The agreement between Five Star and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) thwarted desperate plans by Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right Lega party and outgoing deputy prime minister, to force an early general election.

The new government has agreed on a draft programme which will support the poorest Italians and invest in education, welfare and sustainability. The new government has also said it will work for a strong European response to the migration challenges which exist in the Mediterranean.