Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Furore after House backtracks on party-funds transparency


(ANSA) - Rome, September 19 - The removal of a measure in
new House regulations that would oblige Italian political
parties to have external auditors certify their budgets has
sparked a major furore.
Critics say the failure to keep the measure proposed by
House Speaker Gianfranco Fini in July is likely to feed public
disaffection with the nation's political class following a
series of scandals hitting various parts of the party spectrum.
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.
The draft of the new regulations on financial transparency
is set to be looked at by a House committee later on Wednesday,
when it is possible that the obligation to have external
scrutiny of party budgets will be reinstated.
The new regulations are expected to be discussed on the
floor of the House next week.
Several parties, including the main centre-left Democratic
Party and the centrist Catholic UDC, 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 has not pledged to do so.

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