10-Jul-14 16:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Small signs of recovery this summer

The long awaited summer holidays are about to come. Small signs of recovery come from the Confesercenti-SWG survey on summer vacations. According to Confesercenti 27 million Italians will go on holiday, but one in three will remain at home. The overall expenditure will be 21.5 billion 3.2 less than last year. August is still the favourite month, but less people will go to the sea.


20-Jun-14 12:36. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (271)

21 new additions to "Bandiera Blu"

Crystal clear seawater on Italian coasts this year. The number of “Blue flags” accredited shores grew to 269 with 21 new entries. “Bandiera Blu” (blue flag) is the international recognition of the Foundation for Environmental Education (Fee) in Italy. The number of municipalities which can boast the Blue Flag in 2014 rose to 140 (five more than last year). Liguria confirmed its primacy with twenty places awarded, while Abruzzo achieved the worst result going down to the tenth place as four of its localities lost their flags.


20-Jun-14 12:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Organic food in Italy becoming more popular

Italians are more and more organic food eaters. In spite of the decrease of general food consumption (-3.7%) in the first half of 2013, organic food purchase increased by almost 9%. These data were released by Aiab (Italian Association for Organic Agriculture) and were based on surveys of the “Italian Foundation for Research in Organic and Biodynamic Farming” and on surveys of “Ismea Gfk- Eurisko”.


20-Jun-14 12:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (23)

Venice underwater barriers corruption scandal

The mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsini and other 34 people were arrested, and about a hundred are under investigation, in the corruption scandal related to the construction of the Mose, a system of underwater barriers designed to protect Venice from floods. Mr Orsoni (centre-Left Democratic Party), mayor of Venice since 2010, has now resigned. He was accused of having received illicit funds which he then used in his campaign to be elected mayor. The money came from the “Consorzio Venezia Nuova”, the consortium behind the construction of the underwater barriers.


02-Jun-14 13:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (18)

A new wave of Italian emigrants in the UK

England has become the favourite choice for Italian Immigrants in the age group 20 to 40. They come to the UK to work and most of them to London. According to the Consulate General of Italy in London, which covers the whole of England, Wales and the Islands, up to now, there are 226,404 Italians enrolled in the consular registers. Up to the 1st of January 2013, there were 201,719 Italians recorded in the consular register, this means that from January to May 2014 there have been 24,685 new enrolments.


02-Jun-14 13:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

2014 European Elections - Results from Italy

The European elections have just concluded and Italy, as usual, surprised everyone. Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime minister and leader of the PD (centre left party) was the “champion of Europe”, as the newspaper “Le Monde defined him. The Italian newspaper “Il fatto quotidiano” commented that the day of the Italian European elections, the 25th of May officially opened the Renzi’s era and closed the Berlusconi’s one. According to many commentators, Renzi’s victory manifested a need for political stability and a political representation for moderates awaiting modernization.


02-Jun-14 13:05. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Corruption investigation Milan 2015 Expo Contract

Seven managers and ex-members of parliament have been arrested over the alleged attempts to influence public tenders for Milan’s Expo 2015. Milan prosecutors are investigating about 180 million Euros in building contracts awarded for Expo 2015, which is expected to give a boost to Milan’s economy.


16-May-14 13:53. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Tourism boost for Italy

After years of decline Italian tourism is now facing a small increase. According to official data the year 2013 ended with an increase (+3.1%) of foreign tourists in Italy compared to the previous year, with a total amount of €33.064 billion spent in the country. The data confirms the positive trend reported in 2012. The growth was generated by the increase in international tourism inbound (+3.1%) and a decrease of outbound (-1%).


07-May-14 16:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Cibus Food Fair Parma 5th-8th May 2014

“Cibus”, international food trade fair, takes place in Parma from the 5th to the 8th of May 2014. The 17th “Cibus Food Fair” is reserved for national and international professionals of the food industry. This year a record number of exhibitors have signed up including small and medium size firms as well as famous brands.


07-May-14 16:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Austerity hitting organised crime profits?

It has been reported that the Mafia is apparently going through a “spending review”, causing serious discontent within the organization. If you imagine the typical mafia boss with family members and hangers-on this might not be the casa anymore, at least for less important bosses.


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