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Public works or plunder rights?

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Some important economic subjects of Alto Adige and Trentino are for now only touched upon by the so-called “System” investigation centered on the figure of one of the most important mandarin-manager-bureaucrats of the Italian public works system (large, small, as long as they are) , Ercole Incalza.

Summarizing is not useless.

We learn from the pressthat for the Brenner base tunnel, SPM Consulting – Perotti’s company, one of the arrested in the investigation – had and still has three contracts for works management and project management (Aica-Mules exploratory tunnel, exploratory tunnel of the periadriatica, the Isarco underpass at Fortezza). In more than one case, SPM has also obtained association contracts with South Tyrolean and Trentino companies. The BBT-Se company, in charge of building the Brenner base tunnel, clarifies that all contracts were awarded by public tender (with appeals from excluded competitors always rejected by the administrative judge), which carries out additional anti-mafia checks and sample checks on the execution of the works, that there are no mafia infiltrations on their sites. Some special attention isannounced by the regional judiciary. On these aspects, the future will tell us more. The Presidents of the Provinces of Bolzano and Trento minimize, never mind that the work on the very useless work should encounter other obstacles.

The press also reminds us that the Autostrada Regionale Cispadana company – which should build the motorway connection between the Reggiolo / Rolo tollbooth of the A22 and the Ferrara Sud barrier on the A13 – is controlled by the company Autobrennero (the one that would ensure a share of the of the Italian costs of about 4% of the Brenner base tunnel and about 1% of the South access line) and informs us that its President, Pattuzzi, has received a guarantee notice for “attempted induction to give or promise benefits” ; in practice he would have endorsed the approaches of Incalza which in turn would have “guaranteed a favorable process of the procedures relating to the financing of the work in exchange for entrusting Stefano Perotti with the direction of the works”.

Nothing more and nothing less, there are no extensions of the investigation in the Region.

To the radio newspapers on the morning of 19.3.2015, Ercole Incalza’s lawyer said that his client has so far escaped unscathed from the fourteen criminal proceedings in which he was involved and that the fifteenth will have the same outcome.

But the real problem is not in the facts that the media want to focus on these days, when they do not even justify and do not offer cover.

Regardless of the possible criminal responsibilities of individuals, the set of mechanisms that – instead of the corruption expressed by the bribes after the investigations on “Tangentopoli” started in 1992 – has been drawn up in Italy in the last twenty years with the mission should be investigated to move in formally legal ways, through the realization of large and small works, important shares of collective wealth in the hands of a few private subjects.

And of course. The appropriation and diversion of public spending centers towards indiscriminate overbuilding and the enhancement of the territory (with the waste, the enormous debt, the criminal infiltrations and corruption that accompany them) remains a cornerstone of the archaic model of national capitalist accumulation, which sees in redundant or useless works, in the privatization of services and in the appropriation of collective goods one of the few outlets still possible to reproduce.

Addressing the issue by turning our gaze mainly to crimes, corruption, bribes, rigged contracts is an understatement, it reveals a preference for the rattle of handcuffs instead of that knowledge that would allow decisive and lasting reactions.

It is the apparatus of rules and interests that produce these results that must be overturned, together with the intertwining of construction companies, financial institutions and political classes that derive the real legalized advantages from them and thanks to these are continuously regenerated. The keys to understanding must be concretely sought in the methods of carrying out the works established by the Code of public contracts, in the regulations that have created monstrous support mechanisms for large private builders at the expense of public finances, in the interests of banks to profit from their inevitable intermediaries. . The individual master of ceremonies of this apparatus, whether or not they are guilty of crimes described in the Criminal Code, must be recognized above all as interpreters of a system.

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