Brunetta’s backlash on the ministry and PNRR: ‘last minute’ appointments after the government resigned. Executives to Draghi: “Block those positions”

To leave Forza Italia took a quarter of a century, for the last lap of ministerial appointments it was a rocket. Renato Brunetta has opened the procedures for the coverage of three top positions at the Ministry of the Civil Service strictly connected to the NRP. The problem? All the management of Italy knows that they cannot be conferred offices in a disheartened government and in the imminence of a vote that will determine the establishment of the next. An impediment reaffirmed by a recent circular by Draghi on the handling of current affairs. But Brunetta goes straight, delivering a swipe of the tail that makes people argue. Associations of managers arise, asking for athe Presidency of the Council to cancel the procedures “last minute”Before the nominations are given. On the case they are already announcing queries parliamentarians. “The outgoing ministers do not confer top positions by assigning objectives that must be set for a three-year period, given that in less than three months a new government structure will be in office”, warns, for example, the deputy of Fdi Paolo Trancassini.

The joust of Brunetta’s appointments starts on July 15, with the Draghi government on the verge of distrust. That day the Minister of Public Administration signs a decree which reorganizes the offices of the Department and starts a ruling procedure to identify “within ten days” three executive positions managers closely related to objectives of the Pnrr: they are the coordinators of the offices for simplification and digitization, quality of performance and reforms, organization and public work. What’s strange about the operation? Virtually everything, times and ways.

First of all, two of the 3 positions announced (Simplification Office and Performance Office) were vacant for even 15 and 7 months and since then managed ad interim, so there was no need to rush at the last minute to cover those boxes. All the more so if it could not even be done, which was reiterated on 21 July by one circular by Mario Draghi in person, who – in continuity with the previous ones – has established the perimeter of the activities that can be carried out under the handling of current affairs, from which appointments and appointments that do not have “non-postponable needs” are excluded. The (few) precedents demonstrate that it is irrational. In 2006 Emma Bonino, disheartened by the entire Prodi government, she strictly refused to proceed with the appointment, finding it correct that it was the successor to do so. Today’s case, however, is different and more specious: Bonino was grappling with a ruling already in progress before the mistrust, Brunetta activated him quickly and furiously in full riots of distrust. For this reason, Chigi is referred to as the “tail blow” of the minister at the end, seeing in this operation a desire to accommodate people who trust him closely to the top of important offices. And for this reason the two major associations most representative of the sector have taken very tough positions.

On a joint note Classes of Public Administration Executives (AGDP) and the association Students of the National School of Administration they asked the Presidency of the Council of Ministers to immediately withdraw the requests in question and to “ensure the necessary vigilance to all public administrations so that similar episodes of evident infringement of the principles of good performance and impartiality of the Public Administrations established by art. 97 of the Constitution “. Because the operation carried out in a hurry also calls into question the supervisory bodies, in particular the secretary general of the Presidency Roberto Chieppaformer president of the section of the Council of State who would have the task of supervise the legitimacy of the acts and instead he let it go. Only the general secretary of Chigi authorizes or blocks by affixing his signature. The minister has the political responsibility, the secretary the administrative one. They did not even wait for the stamp of the Court of Auditors on the decree to reorganize the offices in order to proceed with the subsequent rulings, as if the ok of the accounting judges were taken for granted.


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