Italian government, seeking to avert new EUCJ case over Lettori, issues 'half-hearted' decree law

David Petrie and MEPS in Strasbourg

  ROME -- A new decree law issued by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's cabinet urging universities to pay back wages and pensions to foreign lecturers evidently is a 'half-hearted attempt' to prevent the European Commission referring Italy yet again to the EU Court of Justice to try and curb the racist discrimination against Lettori on the peninsula, David Petrie, Chairman of the ALLSI lecturers trade union, said Satruday.

   In Article 38 of decree law  number 48 published Thursday the Italian government purports to fulfill its  legal obligations to its Lettori in their 35 year old struggle for fair and equal treatment as laid down in one of six of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) judgements in favour of the Lettori. 

  Prof. Petrie, chair of the Association  of Foreign Lecturers in Italy said “the decree law, which falls after 60 days if not confirmed in parliament, encourages the universities to implement Italian norms already deemed inadequate by the European Commission in its press release of last November, which gave Italy 6 months to conform to its reasoned opinion.”
 “This latest move from the government looks like a half- hearted attempt to stave off a 7th court case.”