It was August 24, 2016 when the country trembled under Amatrice, the houses fell apart and thousands of people found themselves homeless, work and hope. A collection campaign was started: solidarity sms messages. The Italians replied en masse and collected 34 million euros, half before the earthquake of 2016. Two years after the earthquake, there is a final shock: the joke.
Money stranded by bureaucracy
The cash collected has not disappeared but has not yet reached its destination. And maybe they never come. Or maybe they do not arrive where the Italians (many) thought they would come. The destination is chosen by the advisory committee set up in April 2017 by the department of the Civil Protection and by the presidents of the four regions concerned and it is not said that this is what everyone thought, ie the countries affected by the 2016 earthquake. In fact in the first tranche of distribution (nearly 30 million euro) "they are financed – as he writes The Republic – seventeen projects spread over Lazio, Umbria, Marche and Abruzzo. All public works, especially anti-seismic schools, light and fast to build"In the province of Macerata, only one school was built in Pieve Torina for an amount of 250,000 euros, and if we really want to say it, all the money is provided by the municipality, which will get it back at the time of delivery. in the design phase, the second tranche of around 3 million will be earmarked "to a hundred small projects in the Marche, still not announced".
The question arises: how is it possible? What did not work well? How do they explain about La Repubblica, "the decision was made to cover three different earthquakes with the same collection – that of 24 August, that of 30 October and that of 18 January 2017 – with entities, damage, donated figures and different needs"But it is not the only reason: at the end of September, after the conviction of the former mayor of Amatrice, Pirozzi, who rejects the disappearance of the text money, a file is opened and closed by the Rieti prosecutor. projects but the regional distribution system gets stuck: some choices are being challenged because someone defines them "policy"An example is the newspaper created by Scalfari,"two municipalities outside the crater have placed, Collevecchio and Corropoli, or 3 million have allocated for the recovery of a sweat lodge in the Marche".
The slowness to pay the money is also due to the bureaucratic machine. "managed in collaboration with the special offices for reconstruction and the region: the beneficiaries present a preliminary project to be approved, after which they move on to the final and finally to the executive"The tender follows: a fatigue, in short: the 34 million ended up in the special accounts of the Special Commissioner for Reconstruction, where they have to go to the report on tandem work with the special offices and the figures are then handled. which certainly guarantees the correct use of money, but it is not calculated with the time that flows every day.