According to the commitments made with NATO, the military alliance of which Italy and 30 other countries are part, by 2024 all member states will have to reach defense spending equal to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). ). This means that, by the end of next year, Italy should also spend 2 percent of its national wealth on military spending. Actually, as we explained in the past, it is not a binding commitment, but rather an objective set in 2014 to ensure NATO’s military readiness and for which there are no particular sanctions in case of non-compliance. In the case of Italy, the Draghi government had established that the objective of 2 percent of GDP in military spending will be achieved gradually by 2028, as indicated in the Defense Programmatic Document for the three-year period 2022-2024.
In June, during a question time in the Chamber, the Minister of Defense Guido Crosetto he confirmed the commitment to bring the ratio between defense expenditure and GDP to 2 percent, compatibly with the limited availability of resources for budgetary measures. More recently the secretary of the Democratic Party Elly Schlein, guest of the program Half past eight, he has declared that reaching the 2 percent threshold “is not the priority” in the face of “problems of public health, public schools and people’s wages”. Inside the PD However, not everyone agrees with the secretary’s line, starting with the former Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini.
But how much does Italy spend on the defense sector today? And how far is it from reaching 2 percent in the ratio of military spending to GDP?