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The rule of law implications of Italy's snap election
At Democracy Reporting International (DRI) we are delighted to invite you to our online debate “The rule of law implications of Italy's snap election”

With our distinguished speakers:

• Mr Marco Fabri, Senior Researcher and former Director, Research Institute on Judicial Systems of the National Research Council of Italy, Now Institute of Legal Informatics and Judicial Systems,
• Ms Antonia Baraggia, Associate Professor of Comparative Law, University of Milan and
• Mr Lorenzo Segato, Director of Re-Act (Research and Action against Crime and Corruption)

The debate will be moderated by Ms Nino Tsereteli, Research Officer Rule of Law, DRI.

About the event

Italy’s parliamentary elections will take place on 25 September 2022. Giorgia Meloni’s Fratelli D’Italia emerged as a clear frontrunner, according to the polls, and is predicted to form the government together with Matteo Salvini’s Lega and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia. Italy’s rule of law record has been mixed, at best. It could worsen further if Meloni has the backing of 2/3 of MPs and introduces constitutional amendments she pushed for in the past. Mario Draghi’s resignation made experts and other observers question Italy’s ability to meet the milestones under the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility. The far-right coalition’s joint programme indicates that they will seek to rewrite the terms of Italy’s access to EU funds under the pretext that the war in Ukraine and inflation have changed the context significantly. Another fear is that Italy will give support to Polish and Hungarian governments or even form part of the illiberal bloc. How will the election results affect Italy’s rule of law performance in the months to come? How likely is the rule of law backsliding in Italy? - These are some of the questions our panelists will address.

DRI works to improve public understanding of the rule of law in the EU as part of the re:constitution programme funded by Stiftung Mercator.
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