Saturday, April 17, 2021

Corruption and Bribery Arrests Lead to Oversight Changes at Milan EXPO 2015

Lisa Jucca reports for Reuters from Milan, Italy:

“Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has enlisted the head of Italy’s new anti-bribery authority to help salvage preparations for next year’s world fair Expo 2015 in Milan after a high-profile corruption scandal that risks disrupting the lucrative event.

“Seven former lawmakers, managers and public officials were arrested last week over alleged attempts to influence public tenders for the fair, which Italy hopes will attract 20 million visitors and help bolster a still feeble economic recovery.

“The center-left leader, visiting the Expo 2015 site in a show of support after the arrests, said former anti-mafia magistrate Raffaele Cantone, at the helm of an anti-corruption authority set up in March, would be charged with ensuring the smooth running of the Expo’s works.”


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