Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

EU tells Italy to beef up corruption fight, Napolitano says


(ANSA) - Rome, September 26 - President Giorgio Napolitano
on Wednesday said the European Union had called on Italy to beef
up its fight against corruption following the country's latest
scandal related to the alleged embezzlement of millions of euros
in public money at regional party offices in Lazio.
"Europe asked us to make a serious effort to fight
corruption," said Napolitano.
An anti-corruption bill passed in the House this June but
has been held up in the Senate.
Pessure to implement the bill has increased since the
center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party, headed by former
premier Silvio Berlusconi, was hit by a corruption scandal that
caused its governor in Lazio, the region around Rome, to quit
this week.
The fact that the bill does not bar people who have
received a definitive criminal sentence from being MPs until
after next year's elections has sparked polemics.
Justice Minister Paola Severino has said the government
will try to improve the bill during its passage through the
A number of lawmakers from various parts of the political
spectrum have been embroiled in corruption cases recently.
The bill does bar people convicted of extremely serious
crimes, such as involvement in organised crime and terrorism,
from running.
Responding to pressure from the Organization for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Monday, Premier Mario
Monti promised to implement balanced anti-corruption reforms.

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