La polemica sulla Direttiva “case green” e’ costruita a tavolino su affermazioni false

(I wrote an opinion piece on Italian daily newspaper Domani about the pointless culture war triggered by some Italian politicians on EU energy efficiency measures being negotiated. In the article, I outline how this feels like a bad, old film we’ve already watched in pre Brexit UK)

La #Direttiva #EPBD sull’efficientamento degli edifici mira a ridurre il caro bolletta, cosa estremamente importante visto che l’Italia e’ il secondo maggior importatore di #gas in Europa, dopo la Germania. Si tratta di una misura estremamente cruciale anche per ridurre le #emissioni di gas serra in Europa (e l’Italia e’ uno dei Paesi più esposti nella UE ai cambiamenti climatici).

Sulla base della mia esperienza diretta di anni di lavoro su norme di #efficienzaenergetica a livello #UE, posso garantire che no, queste cose non se le inventano dei burocrati una mattina in cui si sono svegliati male, per poter venire in casa vostra a darvi fastidio, come alcuni politici sembrano suggerire. Sono il risultato di anni di lavoro e compromessi da parte di esperti di tanti paesi e di ogni settore dell’economia.

L’Italia si trova ora a un bivio. Una strada guarda al passato, a “culture wars” in stile nordamericano e Trumpiano, o sulla scia della #Brexit, volte a generare inutile polarizzazione dell’opinione pubblica in un momento di crisi energetica, sulla base di polemiche create a tavolino.

L’altra guarda al futuro con un dibattito serio tra tutte le forze politiche sui compromessi necessari per attuare un piano industriale di sviluppo dell’ #economia basato sulla #sostenibilità energetica , in maniera coordinata con partner europei e del #Mediterraneo.

Leggi il resto su Domani.

Per maggiori informazioni sulle affermazioni fatte da politici italiani sulla questione vedasi anche:

Sulle “culture war” sul clima, partite dagli USA decenni fa ormai e scopiazzate ora in Italia: il sostegno della lobby del petrolio – Big Oil – alla diffusione di notizie false, pseudo-scientifiche e minimizzatrici sulla questione climatica e le relative soluzioni, che poi vanno a influenzare cittadini soprattutto (anche se non esclusivamente) a destra, è ben documentata.

Su questo, mi ripropongo di scrivere di piu’ in Italiano su questo sito. Intanto consiglio l’ottimo libro di Stella Levantesi, “I bugiardi del clima”.

La destra sovranista e il fantomatico super stato europeo

Essendomi occupata della #Brexit e delle drammatiche conseguenze sul Paese in cui vivo, la Gran Bretagna, vedo con enorme preoccupazione che le stesse identiche falsità che hanno portato al voto per l’uscita del Paese dalla UE nel 2016 vengono riproposte in Italia, dalla maggioranza ora al governo.

Quando politici italiani dicono che #Commissione Europea ha troppo potere, o parlano di UE come “super stato” come stanno facendo, dicono una falsità.

La Commissione Europea fa proposte sulla base di indicazione normalmente degli Stati membri o del Parlamento Europeo, e poi le proposte vengono discusse e votate a livello estremamente dettagliato da ministri degli Stati Membri e nella maggior parte dei casi, dal Parlamento Europeo.

Le falsita’ su come funziona l’Unione Europea dette da politici senza scrupoli, con il beneplacito di gran parte della stampa furono alla base della #Brexit, la disastrosa uscita della Gran Bretagna dalla UE (insieme a una serie di falsita’ sulla libertà di movimento, una vera e propria campagna di odio nei confronti anche dei vostri stessi connazionali).

Naturalmente la procedura che ha portato al PNRR, nell’ambito del #NextGenEU fu diversa, e nuova (data l’urgenza dettata dalla pandemia e in un contesto in cui si gestiva contemporaneamente la complessa questione dell’impatto sul budget UE proprio della Brexit), ma la sostanza non cambia affatto: dare la colpa alla Commissione Europea o a un fantomatico “super stato” semplicemente non ha senso. E’ vuoto slogan populista. Se mai uno dei problemi e’ che non ha sufficiente ruolo decisionale in questo caso il Parlamento Europeo, che essendo eletto dai cittadini dovrebbe davvero avere maggiore peso.

Informatevi, e spingete i giornalisti che conoscete a capire, prima di tutto, e poi spiegare al lettori come funzionano le decisioni a livello UE. Se c’e’ davvero un deficit democratico, questo e’ causato dall’eccessivo peso di alcune lobby industriali rispetto all’influenza dei comuni cittadini e delle associazioni che li rappresentano. Ma e’ un discorso lungo e non si risolve parlando di un fantomatico super-stato.

La destra sovranista confonde la acque, avvelena un dibattito che sarebbe da avere, su come rendere maggiormente democratiche le decisioni a livello UE, sulla base di fatti e non di slogan.

Per uno schema chiaro su come vengano prese la maggior parte delle decisioni nella UE, si veda questa ottima infografica.

Interview on my new role in Committee of Italians Abroad, London

I was recently interviewed on Complitaly, which runs an app for Italians living in the UK, about my recent election to the volunteer consultative body to the Italian Consulate and Embassy in the UK, the Committee of Italians Abroad, London (Comites Londra). Below is a shortened version roughly translated into English.

I originally arrived in the UK in 1996 and have been engaged in high-profile campaigns on environmental and social justice for at least 17 years. I have been involved defending the rights of European citizens post Brexit since 2017, when I joined the leading activists of the non-profit group the3million. In that role I met, with a group of citizens, the head of the delegation of the European Commission Michel Barnier and several European Parliamentarians, to ask that they help us in the agreements of withdrawal of Great Britain from the EU. Later, I joined the board of directors of the organisation.

Within Comites London, we have now created a working group on “Brexit and citizenship, research and the artistic world”. There is still a lot to do on Brexit, especially on Settled Status and the problems with obtaining British citizenship. On this I will keep in touch with the3million to coordinate any initiatives. Becoming a resident of a non-EU country also entails several additional bureaucratic problems for our fellow citizens, so it will be important to put pressure on the Consulate but also and above all the Italian government so that our requests are taken into consideration, in particular with regard to a Consulate. which does not have the necessary resources to cope with the very strong demand. But it is useless, in my opinion, to blame the Consulate.

The situation is the result of the fact that our needs as Italian citizens officially resident abroad (AIRE) have traditionally not been taken seriously enough by successive Italian governments. And if there is time, taking into account that we are volunteers, I hope we will also be able to take care of something else! There are many Italian people of great talent who are distinguishing themselves in Great Britain in the world of research and the artistic world that in my opinion should be more valued and supported.

Of my experience as an Italian in the UK I’ll just say this: having children, and raising them, far from the family of origin, and in a country subject to twelve years of austerity that has reduced the school and social-health system to the limit, is “not for the faint hearted “. And this even before Brexit and the pandemic took over.


Having said that, unlike a number of compatriots who have recently returned to Italy or left for other EU countries, most of us are here, and remain here. Great Britain, and London in particular, has offered me and continues to offer me so many fantastic opportunities. I hope it will remain a place where those who – at any age – want to continue learning, find creative solutions and adapt to changes, can still find good outlets. Living here has certainly taught me how essential it is – in life in general – to always look at the glass as half full instead of half empty.

I have been elected with the Moving Forward list, which defines itself as progressive and pro-European, but we are not linked to any particular political party; it is more a matter of general orientation. Our strength, in my opinion, is the bond that many of us have with various civil society groups and NGOs. However, I have always worked in a transversal way, and I collaborate with anyone who is willing to pursue common values. I am willing to raise the requests of citizens who want to contact us, to whatever political area they belong to, in both Italian and British institutions.

Elected to Committee of Italians abroad

I am pleased to announce that on 3rd December 2021 I was elected by Italian voters in the South England and Wales constituency to represent them in the London “Comites”. With me, three other long-standing campaigners for citizens’ rights were also elected: my good friends and fellow campaigners Elena Remigi, the founder of the InLimbo project for EU nationals in the UK and British citizens in the EU; composer and orchestra director Dimitri Scarlato; and Anna Cambiaggi, a campaigner for citizens’ rights post Brexit. Our coalition Moving Forward also proudly elected Golam Tipu, representing the very large number of Italian citizens living in the UK but not originally born in Italy.

The consultative, volunteer Comites London committee represents the interests of the largest community of Italians living in a foreign country, namely around 350,000 Italian citizens who live in this constituency (there are separate Comites for Manchester and the North of England and for Scotland). The main role of the Comites is to liaise between residents and the Consulate and Embassy, to bring forward issues that may arise, although it can also liaise with the authorities of the country of residence when needed and in coordination with the Consul. The Comites also organises social and cultural activities including those that promote the Italian language.

The Comites London is one of the most active in the world, particularly since the exit of the UK from the EU has thrown up a lot of issues for hundreds of thousands of Italians as well as millions of other EU nationals in the UK.

A difficult electoral campaign during a pandemic, but we succeeded in electing 5 people to the Comites anyway

I stood as an independent candidate within a progressive and pro-European coalition, to bring my experience on the board of directors of the3million group, which by its nature is without party affiliation. However, my candidacy was endorsed – like that of other candidates not affiliated with any political party – by the Rt. Hon. Massimo Ungaro, an Italian MP representing Italians who live in Northern Europe, simply on the basis of our track record in representing citizens’ rights. I would therefore also like to take this opportunity to thank him publicly for endorsing people based on their skills set rather than party affiliation.

I will write more about the Comites and its activities particularly in the context of Brexit – with its wide ranging implications for EU residents in the UK – in the coming weeks and months (in fact I’ve been elected for 5 years which feels slightly daunting!)

Special thanks to all the people who voted and helped spread the word about the elections and the Moving Forward list that I am part of. We will strive to represent and support the Italian community in England and Wales in the best possible way.

Migrants Are A Part Of British Society – Why Shouldn’t They Have Full Voting Rights?

Some ten million contributors to society, from fruit pickers to nurses and teachers to builders, are barred from having a say on what happens in Westminster – the #LetUsVote campaign would put this right.

Today, the Let us Vote campaign launches, backed by the3million, British in Europe and Another Europe is Possible. It estimates that there are ten million people who are part of British society but are barred from having a say on what happens at Westminster.

Read the rest On Huffington Post UK.