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Mafia Capitale and the lust for profits:

will you fight against or for it?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Third Article

Dear readers,

This week I decided to focus on a topic which has being causing a lot of rumor and diseases in these days: the Mafia Capitale investigation.


My choice comes from a simple syllogism: 

Europe is an Union of more countries, and Italy is a part of it. 

If Italy works unfair, Europe is unfair too. 

To understand the logic highlighted by this sentence we have to drill down and try to understand what does the corruption and the "infiltration" , or should I say the participation, of Mafia in our political system  involves.


This story begins in 2011, when Roberto Grilli, a roman skipper, was arrested for being found with 503 kilos of cocaine: he decided to save his time, collaborate with police and spit all he knew out.

From that moment, there were drafted out more investigations through the years, untill 9 days ago it was given the order for a raid and 37 persons were under arrest.

The reason was the involving in the illegal system of Mafia Capitale and its penetration in public administration.

The chief was Massimo Carminati, or you may know him as the "King of Rome".

This crafty man built up a very complex hidden network by which he not only controlled the local gangsterism, in particular in the northern zone of the capital, but he also secures himself the invitation to important tenders by corrupting businessmen and administrative officials and politicians.

Carminati's "business" was very variegated: from urban refuses area to the reception of extracomunitaries, underlining his activity of funding municipal election campaigns.

On this last purpose, Salavatore Buzzi, ex ad of Eur Spa, was his most precious partner: he manages economic activities of Carminati's association, the payments of corrupted politicians, economic activities of Carminati's association and its hidden financial accounting. How could he do that? He is the man of cooperatives: in 2012 30 thousands of euros were moved from Buzzi's cooperations account into Nuova Italia foundation account, of which one of the founder is Gianni Alemanno, ex mayor of Rome. 


At that point, it would be interesting to keep on going into specifics, but we already have a lot to think. 

It's not the first time we hear about stories of corruption and illegality, but what is regrettable of this story is that the foundations, the movements, the organizations, the corporations we rely on as citizens are no more providing the source of funding for its own social or charitable or any other purpose: they represent only a big excuse for the members to realize personal interests and profits.

This is not only a matter of Rome, this is not only a matter of Italy: this is a matter of a bad way of operating in a political systems that should lead us in bigger reality, like Europe.

In order to that, the chief of Anticorruption authority, Raffaele Cantone, identified the only way to fight against illegality with transparency: the balance sheet and the funding of each of this organizations have to be available on line. 


Most of all, the reality we live in and we have to change stands in Cantone's final words: "Gli atti registrano il disfacimento della politica. Non ci sono più i partiti. Ci sono gruppetti che operano per se stessi, si muovono in autonomia e sfruttano il partito solo per costruire la propria carriera. Il proliferare delle fondazioni è la prova della fine dei partiti nazionali: sono quasi sempre espressione di un singolo, al massimo di un capocorrente, culturalmente il contrario di un partito."


In the end, my endless question is: can you personally still put before your profits and your interests the consciousness of a bigger social and economic dimension who needs transparency and values to work?

The answer doesn't belong to Rome or to Italy or to Europe, it neither belongs to administrative politicians or officials.

Actually, It doesn't belong to anyone: it still has to be written and we are the only writers, the future European and world generation.


Nicoletta Amato, European Generation