In his newsletter, the former Prime Minister criticized the Meloni government's policy on the farmers' protest, and in particular returned to calling for the resignation of the Minister of Agriculture Francesco Lollobrigida.
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“Agriculture needs a competent minister, not an incompetent brother-in-law.” Matteo Renzi wrote this in his personal newsletter, speaking about the Minister of Agriculture Francesco Lollobrigida, who is also Giorgia Meloni's brother-in-law as he is married to her sister Arianna. Farmers' protests have been gaining momentum for a few weeks, with tractors occupying the streets in various cities. One of their requests is that the Meloni government backtrack on the decision to raise the Irpef for the sector, which the executive has already committed to doing.
In recent days, Minister Lollobrigida has claimed his merits, also arguing with his majority partner Matteo Salvini. The minister went in person to the farmers' demonstration in via Nomentana in Rome, where, however, he was contested by some present. For his part, Renzi insisted on the demand that Lollobrigida leave the government: “We are the only opposition that loudly calls for Lollobrigida's resignation ,” he said, adding: “The others are afraid of the reaction of the Meloni family, evidently” .
As mentioned, one of the points on which farmers have contested the Italian government is that of taxation: agricultural income had been exempt from Irpef for several years, with a benefit that allowed significant savings for the category. In the budget law for 2024, however, the executive chose to cancel this exemption. After the mobilization, Meloni announced his intention to change the rules again, bringing the relief back into force, but only up to a maximum of 10 thousand euros.
Tractors in procession on the Grande Raccordo Anulare: protesting farmers surround Rome
Renzi insisted on the wrong choice to cancel the Irpef exemption: “Someone who increases taxes on farmers and then tries to ride the tractor protests is not credible,” he said of Lollobrigida. Then he underlined that “increasing taxes on farmers as the Meloni/Salvini tandem did is not just a problem for farmers: it is a problem for citizens because it increases the final price to the consumer”. Concluding therefore: “In the end you will find the LolloTax in the supermarket trolley: this is the absurd mistake of the Cognati d'Italia”.