Friday, July 24, 2009

post 121. ALLELUJAH1 Good on you Beppe Grillo!

from Beppe Grillo-:
http://www.beppegrillo.it/en/2009/07/luigi_de_magistris_chair_of_th.html

Uploader's Title/Comment-:
IT IS ABOUT TIME ITALIANS BEGIN DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE ENDEMIC, QUASI-GENETIC CORRUPTION IN THEIR NATION/PEOPLE THAT IS A DISGRACE TO THE WEST AND AN INSULT TO THE STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM BY THE ITALIAN NOBILITY BEGUN IN 1848 AT MILANO.
Luigi de Magistris
has been elected Chair of the European Union Committee on Budgetary Control. It’s this summer’s best news item. He will be able to check up on the allocation of money to the various countries of Europe, to see how the money is really used, to attack fraud, to keep Italian citizens informed through the Internet. In 2007, I went with de Magistris to Strasbourg to denounce the scandal of the European funds assigned to Italy that land up in the pockets of the parties, of the lobbies and of the mafias. A figure equal to nine billion euro a year. I asked the parliamentarians present to send no more money as it was like sending the money to Bokassa. Two years later, we have an amazing result. The right person in the right place. And this is thanks to you, thanks to the Internet. Luigi is the European parliamentarian with the most preference votes, half a million votes. And this was what was crucial in his being elected as Chair of this committee. They will never give up (but is it in their interests?). Neither will we.

Blog: Luigi de Magistris, a Euro-parliamentarian elected as an independent in the lists of Italia dei Valori, in the last few days elected as Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control. What does it mean having this position and what will you have to do?

Luigi de Magistris: It’s a massive responsibility that the European Parliament has entrusted to me. The Committee is made up of 30 parliamentarians. It deals with the way the money is spent. This is the money that the European Parliament gives to the various European Union institutions and so this is really important. If the Committee acts in an effective way by exercising its powers to the full, it means that it is checking up on the transparency and the correct use of the spending and on the rule of law.
Then another really important task of the Committee is to check up on the work of the European Investment Bank. Another issue is the cost-benefit ratio in relation to the European funds that are assigned to the various States, thus we have to verify for example, if it is worthwhile giving certain sums of money to the States, if the work to be carried out is effective for an overall development of the European Union.
Another fundamental issue that is among others an element of continuity with the work done as public prosecutor in recent years, is that of the fraud. In fact the Committee on Budgetary Control deals with European fraud. It has relations with Eurojust, Europol, OLAF { European Anti-Fraud Office}, the European Court of Auditors and thus it basically means that there is verification and control in relation to fraud taking place in member countries and this is extraordinarily important because it means giving value to the member States that use the European funds in a correct way so as to bring about economic development, that is compatible with the environment, that creates effective employment and that is not based on recommendations and various systems of “belonging”. However, on the other hand, it rigorously provides sanctions against all those member States, those regions, those places where public money is wasted and is used only to enrich the usual business committees, to reinforce organised crime, to damage the territory and subjugate the population.
Thus it is a very important role. The impression I’ve had is that, as with everything else, much depends on the men and the women. Thus if this position as Chair is carried out in a serious way, with courage, I immediately said in my first speech, that the fight against corruption, against organised crime, against the mafias, against fraud, will be the priorities of this Committee and it will want to verify in a way that is adequate and forceful, the correct use of all the spending carried out by the various European institutions, by the European Commission in relation to all the other institutional settings.

Blog: Has it already been possible to identify the main routes used by the funds or by a part of the funds to get from Brussels or Strasbourg to the Italian regions?

L.d.M.: The Committee was formed just the other day so we are at the absolute start of our work. There has been a very important first meeting in which it was decided how we are to operate along the lines that I am explaining now, that is, that of wanting to exercise its powers to the fullest extent, to verify that there is transparency, accuracy, and legality, and to fight fraud.

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Further Comment-: Let us sincerely hope Luigi de Magistris is incorruptible and not too vulnerable in relation to the Mafiosi's means to persuade.

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