The move emphasises efforts by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing government to curtail the role of senior unelected technicians who wield power behind the scenes.
A number of senior jobs will be up for grabs in the coming weeks, including seats on the boards of state-controlled energy groups ENI and Enel, bailed out bank MPS and defence group Leonardo.
Picking chairmen and CEOs of state-run firms is a complex procedure, in which the influential Treasury department within the economy ministry has traditionally had a major say.
A draft of the directive seen by Reuters showed that Giorgetti, a career politician from the co-ruling League party, wanted to handle the appointment procedures together with his closest aides.
Under the new provisions, the Treasury department will have to transmit to Giorgetti through his direct staff the list of all expiring positions, while also publishing them on the ministry website.
Moreover, the directive…