ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Mayor Virgina Raggi – also probed over Romeo appointment – Rome Mayor under investigation over Marra too. ANSA | ITALY (08/02/2017) & THE NEW YORK TIMES (24/01/2017).

1. (ANSA) – Rome, February 8 – Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi is under investigation in relation to the appointment of her former cabinet chief Salvatore Romeo, sources said.

Raggi is also being probed for for appointing Renato Marra, brother of her former personnel chief Raffaele Marra, as Rome tourist chief.

Marra was arrested in December in a separate corruption probe. Both Marra brothers have been sacked from their jobs.

Romeo quit his position after Raffaele Marra’s arrest. The case of life-insurance policies taken out by Romeo in which Raggi is the beneficiary has also hit the headlines, although prosecutors have ruled out any wrongdoing by the mayor over the latter.


— ANSA | ITALY (08/02/2017).


2. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi rejects Berdini resignation – City planning chief allegedly chided mayor in denied interview. ANSA | ITALY (08/02/2017).

(ANSA) – Rome, February 8 – Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi on Wednesday rejected the resignation of city planning chief Paolo Berdini, saying he had “apologised” for a press interview criticising her, which he denied giving. “I rejected the resignation, with reservations, because Rome is facing complex issues, such as zoning plans and the (AS Roma) stadium,” she said.

“Berdini didn’t mean those words, he doesn’t think them. I was able to clear it up with him and he apologised.
“He was mortified for what he said.” Berdini had tendered his resignation after criticising Raggi in an interview with La Stampa, which he denied giving. “I reaffirm my esteem in Mayor Raggi and tender my resignation,” he said in a statement. In the interview, which was confirmed by La Stampa, Berdini allegedly called Raggi “unprepared” and said she had surrounded herself by a “gang” of allegedly incompetent officials. He also allegedly claimed she and her former cabinet chief Salvatore Romeo were “lovers, and ill-equipped” for their jobs. Raggi is being probed in two separate cases, over Romeo’s appointment and over the appointment of Renato Marra, brother of her ex-right-hand man Raffaele, as city tourism chief. Raffaele Marra was arrested in a separate corruption probe in December.

Raggi also took flak, but is not under investigation, after it emerged that Romeo, her former cabinet chief, made out two life assurance policies to her, months before getting his job.


— ANSA | ITALY (08/02/2017).



— ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Italy Court Puts Rome’s 5-Star Mayor Virginia Raggi Under Investigation for Abuse of Office, THE NEW YORK TIMES (24/01/2017).