David Lidington, The Times, Italy’s discrimination breaches EU law and (is) wholly unacceptable

UK Minister for Europe, David Lidington, wrote to me expressing his extreme disappointment at developments reported in The Times, 2 April 2013 Pay cut in half for British lecturers in Italy and has called for the swift resumption of dialogue between ALLSI and the (Italian) Ministry’s officials.

I am happy to report that I will be meeting UK Embassy officials in Rome on Thursday 9 May. I am very grateful to Mr Lidington for his commitment to resolving the issue of continuing discrimination and for his promise to raise the matter with the new Italian Government.

Letter from David Lidington

Minister Lidington 16 April 2013



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3 Responses to David Lidington, The Times, Italy’s discrimination breaches EU law and (is) wholly unacceptable

  1. Pingback: Ninth Level Ireland » Blog Archive » David Lidington, The Times, Italy’s discrimination breaches EU law and (is) wholly unacceptable

  2. davidpetrie says:

    Paul R. Hyde wrote:
    May 4, 2013 at 07:34 (Edit)
    The so-called Gelmini Law reminds one of totalitarian regimes; the article dealing with the lettori extinguishes the fundamental right of recourse to the courts for redress. It is a law which cancels law. It is an ‘outlaw’.

  3. Chris Burchett says:

    Since the Italian state began its discrimination against the foreign lecturers during the Cossiga administration in 1980, 33 years have passed that have witnessed 26 governments with 16 premieres drawn from 8 political parties plus 3 independents. We now welcome the honourable Enrico Letta Democratic party as incumbent. What can we expect from him?
    Past precedent is most enlightening. Of his honourable predecessors (a roll-call that includes such luminaries as: Betino Craxi; Guilio Andreotti; Romano Prodi; Silvio Berlusconi and most recently, the universally beatified Mario Monti) not one of them,..not one, ever took a single step towards ending the blatant discrimination against the lettori.
    Quite the contrary, despite withering criticism from the Commission, 4 motions of censure in the EU parliament & 6 rulings against them in the ECJ. Successive governments have not sought to lessen the discrimination against foreign lecturers but to INTENSIFY it. Since Jan 2011, and irrespective of regime change, state policy has been to to circle the wagons around the iniquitous Gelmini reform that compounds the discriminatory persecution of foreign lecturers by denying them even the right to a hearing in court.
    So how keen will Mr Letta’s regime be to distance itself from the shameful behaviour of its predecessors?
    Doubtless we can take the universities minister Maria Carozza at the word, for she has recently provided much insight into her own appetite for taking the necessary steps towards righting the long-standing wrong that has so blighted her country’s reputation as a trustworthy EU partner. She has proclaimed most eloquently that she does NOT regard the abandonment of the Gelmini reform to be a priority. Plus ça change…..

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