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Mafia Still Controls Southern Italy – Business Insider

October 12, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

For over fifty years, the Italian government has been constructing a highway, called the A3, from Naples to Reggio Calabria , a region marred by 40 percent youth unemployment and 20 percent overall. The project still isn’t finished. The highway was the subject of a recent piece in Monday’s edition of The New York Times.

Since the road first opened, “three generations of subcontractors — appointed by three generations of politicians — have made their livings from it.”

What’s drawing new attention to this corruption is that they’re living off European Union funds.

From 2000-2011, Italy received more than $60 billion in EU funds to finance programs in, among other things, infrastructure. The Times notes that since 2001, $10 billion has been spent on the A3. And since 2000, prosecutors have arrested hundreds of people “involved with the highway,” mostly on charges of corruption and extortion.

via Mafia Still Controls Southern Italy – Business Insider.

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