*Municipal resolution mentioned in the following text.
FOR ITALIAN JUSTICE, THE FACT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CRIME
“…it is impossible not taking into account the disconcert arising when reading the terms and conditions applied to deliver public money, which seems a flood despite the city’s balance being more like a draught, and without possibly discovering who fathered said decisions. The collegiality of decisions, the diversity of the receivers, bureaucratic labyrinths that precede the presentation, to the Giunta (city council) of a text without authors and without a preliminary investigation worth this name, all of this, from one side rises the above mentioned disconcert, but, on the other side, even after taking into account the exicuity of the amounts deliverer – both to each subject and the overall sum – requires to interrupt the research of objective conditions and, especially, the subjective condition of the alleged crime (Article No. 323 of the Italian Code of Criminal Law, abuse of office)…”.
This case deserves to be taken into account, because it does capture very well an aspect of the misgovernment of Trieste that Italian authorities commit on a regular bases. This case is useful for whoever wants to understand how do normality work the authorities of the corrupted system the Bel Paese.
This cannot but cause dismay (at least, to someone who believes in justice…) what the Italian Judge of the preliminary investigations of the Court of Trieste has ruled: take no further action on the complaint denouncing the scandalous use of municipal founding to associations, a decision that follows a request of the very Prosecution office of the Republic.
The complaint, presented by environmentalist movement Greenaction Transnational, captured and defined very well a “patronage system” that takes care of deliver public money disregarding all norms on transparency. The core of this system was an agreement between municipal councillors, who could use the funds of the City at their own discretion, only to award the money to subjects they personally liked, especially to different associations. Among the beneficiaries of this such “donations” there is the “Club delle Libertà” an organization strictly and directly related to political party “Il Popolo delle Libertà”, which therefore is not even eligible for public founding.
This is how, in one year, the surprising amount of EUR 190.000, like a river, was diverted to similar associations, damaging the budget of the city and, even, regardless to the serious economic crisis, only to grant the members of the monolithic block of local misgovernment with the money they need to gain electoral support. An “equal” exchange, perfectly suit with the rules of the Italian, party-ruled establishment. And who was excluded? Anyone without a political “godfather”. Among the outcast, Greenaction itself, which had presented to the City council a request of sponsorship to film a video about the problems connected with the LNG terminal project in the Gulf of Trieste, still, public money was denied, without a justification.
Organizations excluded without reason, if not the one, illegitimate, to not have the approval of some municipal councilor, and without a written reason: (follows a list of 14 organizations).
Also, municipal regulation is violated since it envisions that the money is delivered “to support cultural event, sport or entertainment” or to offer “economical support to the activity of cultural associations or sport clubs, both characteristics lacking at least for TRIESTE Oggi, Euro 2.000, Euro 4.500; for HORIZON Communications srl Euro 4.000, for Radioattività Euro 1.000, for Radio Punto Zero Euro 2.000.“
In conclusion: after reading the jurisprudence concerning Article 323 of the Code of Criminal Law, the Public Prosecutors considers it very improbable that we might get to a judgment of conviction, lacking an evidence of any kind (friendship, politics, family bond) among hte major and the many beneficiaries of the money…”.
This system of corruption and its deep roots in the municipal administration of Trieste are very useful to the circles of a rotten system of power that control it: pseudo-Masonic Mafias, once again, protected by Italian judiciary authorities. A system which, unpunished, is active since years, and controls also the awarding of public money to the associations, possibly diverted at least one million Euro illegally since before the Euro entered into circulation.
As for this, a rather relevant evidence is the fact that the adjustment of municipal regulation on the matter and in compliance with Italian Law No. 241 of 1990 did not take place before 2001 and again in 2010, which means 20 years later, which makes it legitimate thinking that, before that, the awarding of public money was so deregulated and “free” that, it probably allowed systematic and enormous breaches of the law, meaning that in Trieste there is an effective, illegal, patronal diversion of public money: the 2011 case is possibly just a part of it, because the system works like this since years, this was only one of its branches…