“MAFIA AND CORRUPTION ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN” DON CIOTTI

Restarting the Future and the Italian association against mafia, Libera, organised a huge event with a big list of MEPs, European NGOs and hundreds of participants during the International Anti-Corruption Dayin the European Parliament. A successful meeting and a decisive step in our fight against wrongdoing and mafia in the European Union.

Yesterday was an important work session between NGOs and MEPs  in order to discuss the priorities against crime and corruption in Europe, a reality which cost “around 120 billion euros per year to the European citizens”, reminded Elly Schlein, democratic MEP. This is why the implementation of effective measures “is an urgency and the European Parliament will find the right solutions” said Schlein. She is one of the 67MEPs who have shown their commitment to the creation of an Intergroup on Integrity: Transparency, Anti-corruption and Oganised Crime.

This important tool, which is going to be real the next December 11th, is one of the main objectives on which the NGOs and MEPs have been working for months. In this regard, six are the priorities that the NGO’s suggest to develop and improve during the Intergroup agenda: promoting transparency, good administration and whistleblowing; a European Day of Memory and Commitment; a European law for Confiscated Assets, the European Public Prosecutor; and enforcement of the existing legislation on money laundering; to strengthen criminal sanctions and define the “Eco-crimes”.

In addition, the event focused the discussions around the problem of the Organised Crime. In fact,  “mafia and corruption are two sides of the same coin”, said father Luigi Ciotti, the founder of Libera. “The Mafia Capitale scandal has seriously shaken Italy, Rome, and our public opinion. But I want to thank the police and the bench: by defining this mobster scandal with the ‘mafia’ crime, the police is stating that mafia and corruption are linked. Mafia is an aggravating factor for bribery crimes”. 

The fight against mafia “is a sensitive topic in Italy, taking into account that it is still a fruitful business after more than 150 years. But this is a European problem and that’s why we are here” assured Don Ciotti.

Philippe Lamberts, the Green Group leader at the European Parliament, was agree  with Don Ciotti. He said that the Organised Crime in an“European issue, not just Italian”. In his opinion, “there is no difference between financial markets manipulation and the Italian crime. Also the States are guilty of fraud. Think about Luxembourg, or Belgium”.

Now the focus is on an European Directive on whistleblowing, protecting the ones who decide to denounce corruption in all the States Member. In this regard, during the afternoon our team presented the first Restarting the Future’s report about Whistleblowing: “Blowing the Whistle on Corruption. A campaign for a European Directive in defence of Whistleblowers” which found promising results about the implementation of this law in Europe, taking in account the positives findings of its implementation in other states such as United States.

In short, it was a day where all the important European actors were united in order to raise awareness of the issue of corruption within politics and society-at-large and to discuss together the upcoming measures in our common path against Corruption and Organised Crime.This was the another step to Restarting the future.

Original post published on Restarting the Future Website

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