The jury of honor requested by Giuseppe Conte after Giorgia Meloni’s accusations about the ESM will meet. A step that is little more than symbolic, because the body does not have sanctioning power and can only determine who is right in the dispute between two parliamentarians.
“Meloni risks at most a political sanction, not a legal one,” a member of the opposition, an expert in parliamentary regulations, explains to Il Giornale. Therefore, the one that Conte brought up on December 18 is nothing more than a weapon of mass distraction. A distraction to maintain media attention on the debate over the State Savings Fund and to fuel the media exposure of the M5 president.
The announcement about the Honorary Jury comes from the President of the Chamber, Lorenzo Fontana, during a meeting with the parliamentary press.
“I made a decision a few days ago, but I was waiting for it to be made official with the reading in the House,” says Fontana. “The jury of honor will be established, the president will be Giorgio Mulè and I hope that this issue can be resolved,” continues the third state official. “It seems to me to be a respectful and appreciable choice,” says Conte.
In short, the lawyer will be able to continue paying attention to the confrontation with Meloni regarding the ESM probably until February 9.
In fact, the verdict of the jury of honor will arrive on that date. A decision that does not carry any sanction, but whose only objective is to verify the veracity of the facts reported by the deputy dragged before the Montecitorio body, in this case the Prime Minister. The ad hoc investigation commission, as announced in the Chamber by the current president Anna Ascani, will be chaired by Mulè from Forza Italia. With him are deputies Fabrizio Cecchetti of the League, Filiberto Zaratti of Alleanza Verdi e Sinistra, Alessandro Colucci of Noi Moderati and Stefano Vaccari of the Democratic Party. The jury, according to article 58 of the House regulations, must communicate its decision to the assembly before February 9, without a subsequent vote and without any hypothetical sanction.
The controversy to be resolved dates back to December 14, when Meloni in the Senate attacked the Conte government in the ESM, showing in the Chamber the fax with which the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, on January 20 2021, he instructed the ambassador in Brussels to sign the changes to the Mechanism.