Finally, the team that the Democratic Party will “build” for the next European elections on June 8 and 9 is being put together piece by piece. After weeks of indiscretions, Secretary of State Elly Schlein today announced two important names who will lead the Democratic lists in northern Italy. The first comes from within the party, since he is its president. Stefano Bonaccini, governor of Emilia-Romagna and the challenger defeated by Schlein in last year's primaries, will be the leader of the Democratic Party in the Northeast constituency. Schlein herself announced this in a note: “The elections of June 8 and 9 constitute a decisive challenge for the future of Europe. And we must deploy all the best energies we have. It is for this reason that I asked Stefano Bonaccini to lead the Northeast list: his ten years of experience as President of Emilia-Romagna and his role as President of the Democratic Party make him a very strong proposition for the battle we must fight and for the Europe we want to build. I thank him for accepting.” Then, in the evening, second announcement, also expected: Cecilia Strada, former president of Urgence and daughter of the founder of the NGO Gino, will be at the top of the lists in the North-West. “I asked Cecilia Strada to lead the list to the northwest. I say that with emotion. It's a great honor that he accepted. I'm very happy with the way the Democratic Party is opening up. slowly and gathers its best energies”, said the secretary from the festival stage. The Republic of Ideas in Naples.

The challenge of the European Championships

Bonaccini commented on the news of his candidacy in a video message published on Facebook, in which he explains the reasons for his decision. “For me, it was a long reflection. They were ten very important, beautiful, tiring but very important years,” said the president of the Democratic Party about his long experience as president of Emilia-Romagna. Then, a message addressed to voters, especially those of Emilia-Romagna: “Today nothing ends, today is a new beginning. We still have a long way to go together.” In the video published on social networks, Bonaccini explains that “it is in Brussels that important decisions are made” and it is in Europe “that the ability to represent our values, our interests, the things that our citizens need is at stake. need”.

The (possible) new elections in Emilia-Romagna

In the video message, Bonaccini also makes it clear that he does not intend to abandon Emilia-Romagna. “I will fulfill my role full time, if I am elected, until next summer, until the last day,” assured the governor. As for the possible (and probable) regional elections, “they would reasonably take place next fall, that is to say ten years after the one that brought me here the first time. It will be an orderly transition, as we are accustomed to doing in Emilia-Romagna.”

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