Italy to reduce size of parliament ‘to save cost’

Italian Foreign Minister and Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio (C) celebrated the cutting of seats outside parliament in Rome. Credit: BBC

Italy’s parliament has voted to reduce the number of representatives in both houses to save cost of running governance.

The law approved by the lower house is to reduce the number of MPs from 630 to 400 and senators from 315 to 200, BBC reports.

The Five Star Movement, the main party in Italy’s governing coalition promised in its manifesto to streamline parliament and save hundreds of millions of euros in salaries and expenses.

According to Ansa, Cabinet Secretary Riccardo Fraccaro said”It’s the day we’ve been awaiting forever.

“After almost 30 years of broken promises, the cut in MPs and senators is a reality. A new political season is starting, now the citizens are at the centre.”

An MP is said to earn €230,000 per year and a senator €249,600, the cuts in the lower house would save €52.9m annually and those in the senate €28.7m, The news agency AGI (in Italian) reports.


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