Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Minister says Pompeii was underfunded, can't happen again

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Rome, May 23 - Funding to preserve and protect
Italy's cultural heritage must be made a priority so crises such
as those that have hit Pompeii won't happen again, the culture
minister said Thursday.
And the UUNESCO World Heritage site at Pompeii must remain
a top priority for government support, Massimo Bray added.
"Never again, a case like Pompeii," Bray told a hearing of
House and Senate politicians.
"I pledge to streamline resources and to seek funds to
restore the dignity that (the Culture ministry) deserves," Bray
added.
Despite two years' worth of delays, "the full and complete
implementation of the project for the restoration of Pompeii is
a top priority for Italy and the world community," said Bray.
Restoration work at the Pompeii archaeological site has
often been plagued with controversy including fraud
investigations.
The former special commissioner for excavations has been
under investigation as part of a larger probe into contracts
tendered and work performed as part of an earlier eight-million
euro restoration project at Pompeii.
Authorities allege that contracts were rigged and granted
to companies without the required specifications.
Meanwhile, a larger Grande Progetto Pompei or Great Pompeii
Project - with more than 100 million euros in financial backing
from the European Commission and the Italian government - is
underway to to secure and improve access to the archaeological
site.

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