Vincenzo De Luca Seeks Third Term as Campania President, Urges Democratic Party to Engage Catholics

Campania's president Vincenzo De Luca seeks third term, calls for better dialogue between Democrats and Catholics, and warns of 'differential autonomy' impact on healthcare and education in southern Italy.

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Vincenzo De Luca Seeks Third Term as Campania President, Urges Democratic Party to Engage Catholics

Vincenzo De Luca Seeks Third Term as Campania President, Urges Democratic Party to Engage Catholics

Vincenzo De Luca, the president of the Campania region in Italy, has announced his intention to seek a third term in office. De Luca, a prominent figure in Italian politics, has also called upon the Democratic Party to improve its dialogue with Catholics on sensitive issues such as abortion and end-of-life matters.

The announcement comes amid ongoing disputes between De Luca and Raffaele Fitto, the Minister for European Affairs, regarding European cohesion and development funds. The Council of State recently suspended a previous ruling by the Tar that had accepted De Luca's appeal in the matter.

In addition to his bid for re-election, De Luca has offered the position of managing institutional relations for the regional government to Enzo Maraio, the national secretary of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI). While Maraio has not yet signed the contract, reports suggest that he is not inclined to give up the position, which could potentially serve as a foundation for his candidacy for the European Parliament.

Why this matters: De Luca's decision to seek a third term as Campania's president and his call for improved dialogue between the Democratic Party and Catholics highlight the complex interplay of regional politics, national party dynamics, and the influence of religious constituencies in Italian politics. The outcome of his re-election bid and the Democratic Party's response to his appeal could have significant implications for the political landscape in Campania and beyond.

During his announcement, De Luca also expressed concerns about the impact of the proposed 'differential autonomy' legislation on healthcare and education in Campania's internal areas. He argued that the legislation, as envisioned by the northern regions, would lead to further 'desertification' of these areas by allowing wealthier regions to offer higher salaries to medical and teaching staff, making it difficult for Campania and other southern regions to attract and retain personnel. "Campania and other southern regions do not have the financial resources to match such offers, putting them at a disadvantage and risking the further deterioration of healthcare and education services in their internal areas," De Luca warned.

Key Takeaways

  • Vincenzo De Luca seeks 3rd term as Campania region president in Italy.
  • De Luca calls for improved dialogue between Democratic Party and Catholics.
  • Disputes between De Luca and Minister Fitto over EU development funds.
  • De Luca offers PSI leader Maraio a position in regional government.
  • De Luca warns 'differential autonomy' will harm healthcare, education in Campania.