Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Calenda nixes Rome talks as Raggi says 1 bn electoral move

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Rome, February 15 - Industry Minister Carlo Calenda
on Thursday called off talks on helping Rome with its financial
woes after Mayor Virginia Raggi called a one-billion payment
from the ministry an electoral move.
Raggi is "arrogant" and the only response to her statement is
to "close talks so as to avoid wasting more time," Calenda said.
"Evidently she believes she can do without help," said the
minister.
"I can only note that we are faced with such a combination of
incompetence and arrogance as I had never before experienced.
"We will go forward with the regional government (of Lazio)
with the projects that do not depend on this administration".
Earlier Raggi slammed Calenda for "promising one billion
euros for Rome" ahead of national elections to be held on March
4.
"I am surprised, although not that much, that two weeks
before the vote one billion (euros) are again promised to Rome
after five years during which the government absolutely forgot
about the capital", said the mayor, a member of the
anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S).
Raggi was commenting on a letter written by Calenda which was
published by Rome daily Il Messaggero.
"If that billion existed, we would have put it in the budget
- in the budget I can include neither words nor promises", she
also said.
The minister's letter published by the newspaper accused the
Raggi administration of "immobility" and "lack of ability" to
get things done, which did not allow it to "use resources that
have already been allocated" for the city.
Calenda was referring to a 'table for Rome', a development
plan for the capital he launched last year, which was at the
center of multiple controversies between the mayor and the
minister.

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