Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Polverini leads Lazio regional council cuts

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 21 - The scandal-plagued Regional
Council of Lazio launched cuts and abolished three "special
commissions" on Friday as it began a clean-up of operations.
The cuts will free up as much as 20 million euros in new
spending for health and social services in the region around
Italy's capital city of Rome, said Renata Polverini, the People
of Freedom (PdL) party's embattled Lazio governor.
Council also approved unanimously the decision to cut by
half its number of standing committees, to 8 from the current
16.
And it launched its own investigation into the use and
possible abuse of party funds by Regional Council members.
"Today we hit the target, which I asked for," said
Polverini.
"We have halved the fees, abolished the special...transfers
to the regional board. Now we will put in place serious
regulations," she said.
Polverini also also confirmed that she has no plans to
resign from the Council, despite the current turmoil.
"Am I willing to go on? I feel like it," she told the
Council.
"We need to understand if we feel we can make an important
effort...If you feel like it, I feel like it".
The Guardia di Finanza has been collecting documents at the
Council's headquarters as part of an investigation into possible
embezzlement.
Earlier in the day, the secretary of the PdL party said
Polverini was a "victim" in the Lazio corruption scandal.
Angelino Alfano echoed Berlusconi in saying Polverini
should not quit.
"She is the offended party. She is the victim because she
is suffering, like the PdL, image damage," he said.
Polverini earlier this week hinted she wanted to step down
but later said she had been "betrayed by a system that has
existed for years".
The scandal erupted earlier this month when the PdL's
then-regional chief, Franco Fiorito, was placed under
investigation for suspected embezzlement of party funds.
On Thursday Fiorito, who has since resigned, said Polverini
must have been aware of how the funds were spent.

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