Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Codacons tries to block Tod's from Colosseum restoration

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 4 - Italy's top administrative organ
is scheduled on October 12 to hear a challenge to allowing shoe
giant Tod's to sponsor the restoration of Rome's Colosseum.
Italy's consumer association Codacons has appealed to the
Council of State against the Lazio regional government's
decision to allow Tod's and its owner Diego Della Valle to
sponsor the restoration.
Italy's Authority for Public-Works Tenders ruled in
February there were no problems with the contract between the
culture ministry and Della Valle, which seemed to remove the
last legal hurdle obstructing the 25-million-euro contract.
At that time, the authority said the contract with Della
Valle, "does not appear in contrast with the principles of
legality, propriety and transparency of administrative action".
However, Codacons continues to challenge the process and,
along with some unions, has also objected to Della Valle getting
exclusive rights to use the Colosseum logo for 15 years.
Della Valle stepped in to bankroll the Colosseum
restoration after several other groups dropped out.
The businessman has been hailed as a saviour for the
ancient arena, whose state of decay has been highlighted by the
loss of several pieces of masonry.
The Colosseum is close to 2,000 years old and feeling its
age.
UNESCO has voiced concern over the ancient amphitheatre's
state of repair.
Della Valle has promised not to put any advertising on the
work, in a break with many other recent restoration schemes
across Italy.
The much-needed renovation of Rome's most famous monument
will take two to three years to complete, involves restoring the
north and south facades and the underground areas and building a
1,600-square-meter reception area with a bookshop.

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