Carlo Bonomi, President of Confindustria, has called for reforms that combine governability with the ability to give voice to civil society, avoiding the mistake of divisive choices. He emphasized the need for reforms to make the country more efficient and inclusive. Speaking at the assembly of industrialists, Bonomi addressed the highest-ranking officials of the state, the practically complete government, and over 1,500 entrepreneurs and representatives of the labor world.
Bonomi stated that he would not comment on the state of the economy, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), or the upcoming budget. Instead, he focused on international challenges, Europe, Italian companies, and reforms, under the title “Enterprise, Work, and Democracy: The Path of the Constitution.” He planned to discuss the budget, PNRR, and current issues with journalists in a press conference after the assembly.
Bonomi emphasized the priority of the budget, stating that more money should be put into the pockets of Italians. He called for a reduction in taxes on labor, making the temporary cuts made by the government throughout the year permanent through the budget law. He also suggested finding resources through a reorganization of spending by 4-5%. Furthermore, he stressed the need to stimulate both public and private investments, which have declined in recent quarters.
Regarding the PNRR, Bonomi stated that while financial resources are important, the focus should be on reforms to make the country more efficient and inclusive. He expressed concern about the proposed norm on windfall profits, suggesting that those who have made greater profits should contribute more to the state’s fiscal space, but with a clear purpose.
Bonomi also addressed the issue of high flight costs, highlighting the impact on the European single market. He urged caution in intervening without considering the consequences and criticized Ryanair’s response to the issue.
Regarding the minimum wage, Bonomi stated that its mere introduction, without measures to enhance representation, would not solve the problems of low-income work or contractual dumping. He also emphasized the importance of clear and simple rules for workplace safety, promoting a participatory approach to prevent accidents.
Bonomi stressed Confindustria’s commitment to removing disparities that hinder widespread well-being and supporting principles of equality, inclusion, and solidarity. He recognized democracy as a universal value and the Constitution as a guiding principle that requires care, cohesion, and moral strength from all institutions, civil society actors, and the business world.
He reaffirmed Confindustria’s autonomy, non-partisanship, and non-governmental nature in evaluating measures taken. He refrained from commenting on proposed institutional reforms related to the form of the state or government.
Bonomi called for reforms that combine governability with the ability to represent the various demands of civil society. He urged for rules and political choices that reconcile efficiency and effectiveness in public behavior with incentives for entrepreneurship, innovation, and the ability to do good. He warned against divisive approaches to important institutional frameworks for democracy and freedom in the country.
While this was Bonomi’s last report as President, he still has nine months left in his term. He acknowledged the challenges faced during his tenure and expressed regret over missed opportunities, such as addressing workplace accidents and contracts. He concluded by stating that it had been a difficult period, and although he couldn’t judge his performance, he acknowledged a loss of competitiveness.
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