He was elected President of Lombardy on March 26, 2018 with 49.7% of the vote
“I’ve lived in the league since before the Northern League was born, which federated movements born in regions like the Lombard League. I started as a party lawyer, even before it was born, I had a good relationship with Umberto Bassi, Roberto Maroni, Giuseppe Leoni. I took part, therefore, in its creation and in the exciting path of the early, almost forward-looking period. Thus the president of the Lombardy region exclusively told us in an interview with the Italpress agency, Attilio Fontana, who will be 70 years old tomorrow (Monday), a milestone he has a long political behind him. Arrived with career, Lega, a party founded in 1991 with a desire for independence. Time – Continuous Fontana – The driving force was to represent regions and communities in the name of identity. Is proving to be more current and powerful. “
There is no doubt that the governor of Lombardy, although a proud leaguer of the first hour, is referring to Matteo Salvini, the current secretary of the league, in the form of a ‘National League’, even a new name (excluding ‘North’). “The evolution of the party is a path that has led us to be one of the most relevant political forces at the national level and I believe that we are achieving the results for which we initially fought such resolutions. I thank those who are fundamental to this great ‘history’. And has made significant contributions.
As mayor of Versailles (2006-2016), when he took to the streets against cuts in the desired municipalities of the Berlusconi-Bosi government, and therefore disagreed with his own party in Rome, Fontana commented today: “I have always played an institutional role in the service consciousness. As mayor of Varese and president of the region, I believe this is the only recipe that can help carry the burden of responsibility, which is really very difficult. From schools to aid, transportation, the investment capacity of the municipality would be less services. Today we are paying the price for the season that saw governments of different colors as heroes. “
On March 26, 2018, Lombardy was elected president, with 49.7% of the votes of a compact center-right, 29% of the center-left candidate, and the mayor of Bergamo, Giorgio Gory, taking stock for four years, satisfied Fontana. “All projects started before Covid was implemented – Fontana continues on Italpress: from infrastructure, purchase of new trains to improve mobility, promise to return to inspection in 2019 and reduction of waiting list for health services, citizens and businesses for firm action. Simplification of procedures and bureaucracy for convenience. Not to mention winning together with Veneto to bring the 2026 Winter Olympics to our region.
The President voluntarily resides at this point. “The Lombard and Venetian ventures seemed like a leap in the dark. I remember the phone call between me and Veneto Governor Luka Zaira to make the decision: we chose to take a big risk to finance this project almost entirely as a region.” There will be no Olympic Games. That phone call between me and Zaire to make a decision remains, I would say, in our history. From there was born a completely innovative Olympic and Paralympic proposal: spread across different regions, including two cities and not always one. This innovation was accompanied by the idea of hosting the first fully sustainable Olympics using pre-existing structures and infrastructure associated with the overall and pre-existing needs of regions other than the cathedral. Desert. Big challenge. Until the announcement of Lausanne on June 24, 2019. The whole delegation burst out in joy. We had a great tea. I was starting the challenge. Those moments are hard to forget. I’m proud of it. “
The epidemic began eight months later. “In the first wave, we had no instructions on how to deal with a virus unknown to the world, nor did we have the weapons to fight it, but we did equip ourselves first,” recalls Fontana, who is now “worried and anxious.” “The long night spent in Palazzo Lombardy” because, in addition to public health, the responses that will be placed also concern the Lombard economy, viruses and shutdowns.
“Our economic system responded to the epidemic with tremendous strength and effectiveness to the negative forecasts of those difficult months. Economic data still clearly show this, in both manufacturing and employment. In the phase of credit assistance and subsequent recovery, initiatives including an extraordinary 5 billion euro investment plan – ‘Lombardy Plan – to accelerate the relaunch of Italian locomotives’.
Looking to the future, Lombardy’s president is particularly keen to address two issues: digitization and the environment. “Our goal is to build a region where all regions know how to activate and nurture young talent. A smartland where it’s easy to move, where everyone has strong elements and digital connections that allow them to study, work and live.” The objectives, of course, are to “deal with the energy crisis that began last October – a speculative one, of course – provoked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which requires new and urgent strategic choices for self-sufficiency. Power change policy. There are many things that concern our future, a near future, not too far away. We have a great responsibility towards young people: we are told to make decisions today, to act immediately, to propose in different situations and to work hard every day. “
Emphasizing the theme of climate change, the governor underlined “how danger signals came from afar in the early 70’s, but politics did not catch them. And now we can no longer follow the slogan of convenience, we must be revolutionary. Every day, everyone has a They will have to bring their own ‘bricks’ to build safer homes. The launch of the Marcolo Con Casson biomethane plant a few days ago is a concrete part of this promise, as well as the support renewable energy community and the creation of a hydrogen valley in Val Camonica. Want to do
On the way to the implementation of autonomy, not implemented even after the pressure after the 2017 Lombard-Venetian referendum, Fontana replies: “Is it certain that the road has been marked and there is no backlash. We will look into and evaluate. We cannot afford waterlogged solutions and we will monitor. ” In the face of all these challenges, however, the president of the Lombardy region has buttoned up his possible re-election in the 2023 election. “I can tell you – Fontana concludes – that I have the strength to continue, but I have not yet made that decision. Just say: the reflection is going on.”