Ci sono persone così povere che l'unica cosa che hanno sono i soldi.

Santa Madre Teresa di Calcutta

lunedì 24 settembre 2012

Translation of the post of 'September 23

Monti, Marchionne and Maastricht

The meeting yesterday between the head of government, Mario Monti, with follow-up of ministers and the heads of Fiat (Marchionne and the young President John Elkann was born in New York April 1, 1976) did not reveal anything significant substance in the future car industry in Italy, the rest of it we could expect something different. The numbers of the car market in recent months and the most important of the economic crisis are known to all of us.

What is interesting however emerged from yesterday is the idea that our industry, our capitalists of the historical moment we are living. What the young Elkann and Marchionne said Monti in substance is that Fiat has no problems in that part of the world, in countries where they exist and are given government support for the 'establishment of new production facilities in return for assumption of thousands of workers, however, are "hired", we add, by linking the work to the temporal needs of the market and production of individual countries. In other words, if the market is growing and State aid supporting both production and, even better, the question, then the Fiat invests hires labor and in this case the problems do not exist, the circle is closed. To make explicit the framework described see settlements Fiat in Brazil, in Serbia, but also the home of capitalism, the United States. This sums up the concept expressed by the top Fiat. Unfortunately, in Italy you can not implement this modus operandi because of EU laws and therefore the problems of Fiat remain and are visible to all.

Let us leave aside here the fact that, if we look at the ranking of car manufacturers in Europe, not all manufacturers in recent months have lost sales volume as he lost that Fiat has done worse than others, a sign of industrial problems peculiar to the Turin group .

The problem is that, while in Europe aid to undertakings are prohibited, following a logic of competition within the member countries of the Community, which in some respects is correct, in other countries, even very close to the European Union itself (see Serbia) these aid and there are also important from the point of view of financial and economic so much as to decide large companies, see Fiat, not to invest in Italy, but for example to 500 kilometers away finding virtually the same factors of production, more aid, more a workforce willing to work at 25% of salary than an Italian worker. But in Serbia today, the cost of living is more or less proportionate to the salary. How could make Italy competitive labor costs compared to its own worker a worker of Serbia? Anyway, it would be fair to compare?

Again, because the Fiat should continue to invest in Italy with these market conditions? In Italy, but also in Europe. The war of the spread in recent months, has also been, in fact, a trade war between large internal European countries. Those under financial pressure (Italy and Spain in particular) have seen their industrial enterprises suffer more than others because of financial downgrade. Italian and Spanish companies have been forced to pay the money most of the competitors German or French when they have turned to the financial market to borrow.

But if that is the case and the world is getting smaller and smaller and now a 'multinational enterprise may decide to install a new production plant where suits them best by finding virtually the same factors of production everywhere, it still makes sense for Europe to continue to not support their companies (or at least those that still consider themselves European and still retain, for a short time maybe some connection "emotional" with the State of origin - such as Fiat with Italy for example) calls to compete in a market one world, however, where there are no common rules and under the same conditions with respect to the world of work (and associated minimum common trade union rights) to general taxation and regulation on the legal protection of trade?

The Treaty of Maastricht was signed by twelve European countries on 7/2/1992. Today are twenty-seven member states. Europe has changed, the world has changed. Perhaps the current crisis we are experiencing is an opportunity to rethink some decisions taken at different times, the most favorable from the economic point of view, however, that today penalize us at the level of the European system and do not allow us to respond decisively to new challenges that as citizens we have to deal with. Think about it now, before it's too late.

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