Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Proposed law toughens financial checks on local authorities

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 2 - A law under discussion Tuesday by
the Italian government would toughen financial checks on
regional and municipal authorities, as well as require balanced
budgets after a series of corruption scandals across the
country.
The proposal comes in response to a string of scandals
hitting regional governments all over the country.
Late last week, the governors of Italy's regions submitted
their own suggestions for cuts following the scandals, including
lowering salaries for regional councilors, assessors and
governors.
They also proposed reducing the number of regional
councilors and cutting spending for special groups and
commissions.
Pressure has mounted on the regions to impose stricter
checks on corruption in politics since the center-right People
of Freedom (PdL) party, headed by former premier Silvio
Berlusconi, was hit by a scandal that led to the arrest Tuesday
of Franco Fiorito.
The disgraced former caucus leader of the party in the
Lazio region around Rome was accused of embezzlement and taken
to prison after judges found there was a risk he could re-offend
or tamper with evidence.
Investigators are said to be looking at more than 800,000
euros of financial transactions linked to Fiorito.
Other scandals have reached the regions of Lombardy,
Campania, Puglia and Sicily.

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