cost 6 billion to the stake for 5 years


Five billion and 493 million. More than double the amount allocated in the Budget Law to the tax wedge cut. It is the final cost of the Mose, the work that should save Venice from the high water and instead, as we saw on Tuesday evening, it is a ghost that lies in the depths between the sea and the lagoon, good so far only to make mussel and rust take root and for some tours of hydraulic engineers and curious groups. After all, the marine fauna and the flaws of usury have had good time to take root: in the last 5 years. Instead of accelerating towards the conclusion, the work for the Moses they are in fact advanced by a minimum percentage, fumbling and struggling. A bit like Dorando Petri at the 1908 Olympics marathon. Only that of an epic, there is very little in this story. If only for that billion (euro) disappeared between bribes and ridges in the scandal that exploded in 2014.

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However – conceived, after years of gestation and controversy, by the 2013 Objective Law – more than from rust and mussels the Mose has remained above all trapped by robberies, controversies, delays, disputes, envies, bureaucracy, causes. Everyone expected that, having cleared the past, the work would travel with the wind at its back towards the end, saving Venice. Instead it ran aground, despite the appointment of ad acta commissioners who failed to, could or would have accelerated to the finish line. What happened?
It happened especially that the structure in charge of finishing the work, namely the Venezia Nuova Consortium, went haywire. Some large companies that were part of it jumped after the judicial storm, leaving room for the small, who tried to carry on the work. Without dealing, however, with an organizational and management Moloch (the structure of the Consortium) in which the millions that the state continued to lavish through its own body, the Public Works Board, in fact the controller and the collector of public funding. So it happened that on the one hand the Consortium in recent years has continued to ask the State for money, but on the other hand companies have continually shown that there was not enough money to go on. As if the flywheel that was supposed to start with the financing has never been able to get going. Another of the mysteries of the ghost Mose.

Since 2015 the Consortium has been managed by the commissioners: first 3, today 2. The third has never been integrated. The former minister Danilo Toninelli, to simplify things, had decided to put the burden on us by eleven appointing a super-commissioner (ex carabiniere, moreover) who bypassed the two existing ones. The predestined instead became entangled in the crisis of government and in the yellow-red turnaround, thus ending up in the locker room prematurely. One thinks that a pool of commissioners, whether 3 or 2, have all the powers to carry out their mission. But no. Yet their salary travels on the 240 thousand euros a year, each. Salary which, of course, is extended to every postponement of the end of the Mose.

Let us then have the non-idyllic, not to say bad, relations between the commissioners of the Consortium and the Provveditore Roberto Linetti, who retired on 30 September and has not yet been replaced, except by a vicar. The result is what we saw on Tuesday evening: the Moses did not get up for his rehearsal and Venice suddenly found itself projected 53 years ago. As if 53 years had passed in vain, so many words spent, so much world indignation, so much effort, so many promises, so much money. The delivery date of the Moses is set for December 31, 2021: Tuesday's date should have been the rehearsal of the operation, which perhaps would have sheltered Venice. However, this deadline was not respected either. Guilty of technical problems. Now everyone is waiting for answers. Yesterday, however, both the Consortium and the Provveditorato chose an embarrassing silence. At the Consortium, indeed, an internal directive established that employees could stay at home, given the weather conditions. A paradox that on an emergency day those who had to make the Moses work were excused from work yesterday.

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