The French, after the glories of the Napoleonic era, are to return to "dominate" Pompeii. A consortium of French entrepreneurs has a project to invest 2 million per year until 2027.
This was confirmed by spokesman of the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu that on the 9th of February visited Pompeii with the Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, to take stock of the situation of the European funding of the Great Pompeii Project. “The involvement of the French group in one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world is a proof that the private can be a key resource to be attached to the public” said the spokesman.
The public-private synergy has become a trend that is spreading around the world and that the European Union looks favorably, according to Mrs. Cretu. This should not mean a disengagement of the public to the private, but a synergy for the protection and enhancement of the main sites of historical and artistic interest. A thesis shared also by UNESCO, increasingly concerned about the degradation in which some places elected "World Heritage" are.
Returning to the French funding, it must be said that in 2011 Pompeii was already part of a business project which, however, after a long negotiation, has never started. Now it seems that it will end positively. It is not a coincidence that the United Nations are acting as guarantor to the new project.
The new French consortium interested in investing (thanks to the tax deduction that in France 'covers' of up to 60 percent of the loan) has also names which were already listed in the old group of 2011 (very close to the former French president Nicholas Sarkozy). But now the air seems changed and the 'cartel' of new investors, gathered around the architect Philippe Chaix can count on the "blessing" of the French government, currently performing "image" which also passes through the sponsorship of cultural projects outside of national boundaries. In Pompeii, the French will start immediately with the restoration of three domuses (houses) currently closed to the public, then they will continue with the recovery of a large area designated by the Superintendent.
The Italo-French agreement for the plan Save Pompeii also has the approval of Franceschini and the superintendent of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, who said: "To ensure full transparency of the project we have changed the procurement code that will not allow anymore the mechanism, often perverse, of the subcontracts ". But in practice, what are the jobs that the French finance?
“I have proposed the first three houses to the French - explains the superintendent - among the most beautiful of Pompeii, in need of restoration work. The agreement is ten years of duration and it will involve large companies with equality between us and them”.
Finally, as reported by the Ambassador Francesco Caruso, consultant of the President of the Regione Campania for International Relations and UNESCO, there is also a project of restoration and enhancement of eight more sites in Campania under the protection of the United Nations.
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