The Local: Genoa reconstruction at risk of mafia infiltration: Italy’s anti-corruption chief11 October 2018 | 09:42 | FOCUS News Agency
Speaking at a parliamentary hearing to discuss amendments to the newly released “Genoa decree” which will govern the area’s reconstruction, Cantone raised concerns that the decree contains “unprecedented” provisions which allow Genoa’s newly-appointed reconstruction commissioner, Marco Bucci, to bypass Italian civil laws and “to act with absolute and total freedom, subject only to the mandatory principles of the European Union and of course the principals of the constitution”.
In particular, the ANAC chief expressed consternation at the fact that the text of the decree exempts the commissioner from having to follow Italy’s Anti-Mafia Code, highlighting that this presents a “concrete risk” that the mafia could extend its tentacles into the reconstruction efforts.
Cantone added that although the mafia is not widely present in the Liguria region in Italy’s north where Genoa is based, they are attempting to expand into the territory, and construction is one of the industries on which they are known to have a tight grip.
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