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Plan needed to keep Pompeii's UNESCO status, says minister

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Naples, July 1 - A clear plan operated with
maximum transparency is needed to keep the archeological site of
Pompeii on UNESCO's World Heritage list, Italian Minister of
Culture Massimo Bray said on Monday.
UNESCO has given Italy until December 31 to apply a series
of measures or face having one of its most famous archeological
sites removed from the elite catalogue of heritage locations.
"Shortly safety measures, including videos surveillance
for 50% if the area, will be installed and 39 work areas will be
opened by 2015," Bray said.
"These measures are all outlined as necessary and urgent
by UNESCO," Bray added.
To date, five work sites have opened in Pompeii, but two
have been halted due to the contractors' "lack of transparency,"
Bray said.
Plans for the revamping and preservation of the ancient
archeological site of Pompeii were announced in April.
The conference that unveiled the key points of a
mega-undertaking called the Grande Progetto Pompei or Great
Pompeii Project, said that work would "secure the site's damaged
areas and to ensure that this is done using capable, honest
businesses, not organized crime".
In March, the EU Commission approved an injection of 105
million euros in restoration funds for Pompeii's ailing
monuments, to be combined with matching money from Italy.
A parallel project of private investors and businesses to
develop areas surrounding the archeological site is also
planned.
"Pompeii, as with the Colosseum and other historical
sites, funds and staff are needed," Bray said in an interview
with Il Corriere della Sera daily paper on Monday.
Staff is also needed to effectively monitor the site and
avoid damage by visitors.
"The last round of hirings in 2008 foresaw 400 new
employees," Bray said.
Some 139,000 people, of which 80% were college graduates,
applied, the minister said.

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