He had just left the Quirinale where he countersigned the decree of dissolution of the Chambers of the president Sergio Mattarella and immediately headed to Palazzo Chigi. Here Mario Draghi chaired the first cabinet of the resigning government but still in office for the processing of current affairs. In his introductory speech to the ministers, Draghi thanked the President of the Republic and said he was “proud” for the “work done”. “There will still be time for greetings – recalls the Prime Minister – now let’s get back to work”, with the aim of “continuing the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – also to favor the work of the government that will succeed us “.
Below theintegral intervention by Mario Draghi at the beginning of the Council of Ministers.
Good evening everyone,
As you know, this morning I resigned in the hands of the President of the Republic, who took note of it, asking to remain in office for current affairs.
I want to thank first of all the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, for the trust placed in me and for the wisdom with which he managed this phase of crisis.
Then I want to thank you all for the dedication, generosity, pragmatism you have shown in recent months.
We must be very proud of the work we have done, in the wake of the mandate of the President of the Republic, at the service of all citizens.
Italy has everything to be strong, authoritative, credible in the world. You have shown it day after day in these months of government.
Now we must maintain the same determination in the activity that we will be able to carry out in the coming weeks, within the limits of the perimeter that has been designed.
In particular, we must address the emergencies related to the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, inflation and the cost of energy.
We must carry on with the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – also to facilitate the work of the Government that will succeed us.
I will take with me a very nice memory of these meetings, of the exchanges I had individually with you.
There will still be time for greetings.
Now let’s get back to work.