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Italian government under fire after Rome museum theft – GazzettaDelSud

Italian government under fire after Rome museum theft

http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/40993/Italian-government-under-fire-after-Rome-museum-theft.html

April 3, 2013

Rome

02/04/2013

‘Spending cuts a threat to safety, heritage’

Rome, April 2 – A robbery over the Easter weekend at Rome’s Villa Giulia Etruscan museum led to calls Tuesday for improved measures to secure Italy’s culture ministry. “It took a multimillion (euro) theft to point attention to one of the longstanding problems that weigh on the management, protection and safety” of Italy’s cultural sites, said Giuseppe Urbino, the national secretary of the Confsal Unsa Beni Culturali union. Late Saturday, robbers stole dozens of rare items, including ancient jewelry. “Thefts have become routine, but never has any minister – at least in the last 20 years – tried to carry out a healthy safety policy”. The union leader pointed the finger at spending cuts, following outgoing Premier Mario Monti’s “spending review”, which have left few resources for training, security upgrades and personnel, with many museum guards performing double shifts. “The management class at the culture ministry has demonstrated incompetence, and it is also for this reason that something must change in order to help culture in our ‘bel paese’ rise again,” Urbino said.

Italian government under fire after Rome museum theft – GazzettaDelSud.

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