Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

External-auditor checks on party funding reinstated


(ANSA) - Rome, September 19 - An obligation for Italian
political parties to have external auditors certify their
budgets was reinstated Wednesday into a new draft of House
regulations on financial transparency.
A furore exploded on Tuesday when it emerged that a
proposal House Speaker Gianfranco Fini made in this regard in
July did not feature in a draft prepared to go to a
parliamentary commission before the regulations go to the floor
of the House.
The measure was reportedly removed because lawmakers
drafting the regulations feared it would impeach on the
principle that constitutional bodies such the houses of
parliament should be self-regulated.
Critics said its removal would have fed public disaffection
with the nation's political class following a series of scandals
hitting various parts of the party spectrum.
"The principle that the parliamentary parties' budgets are
verified by external companies has returned," said Fini's
Several parties, including the main centre-left Democratic
Party and the centrist Catholic UDC, had said they would have
their party budgets scrutinized by external auditors even if
this was not obligatory.
Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL)
party did not.

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