Italy draws the conclusions from the Cultural Property debacle
November 18th, 2010 – The sequence of collapses of Italian Cultural Property has consequences. The Director General of Antiquities, Stefano De Caro will be replaced. Luigi Malnati will be his successor. The Cultural Secretary Sandro Bondi still succeeds in rejecting all responsibilities for the collapse of the Villa in Pompeji. He states that nobody ever was able to cope with this site or to enforce an effective strategy. He points out that not the lack of money was responsible for the debacle but the management on site.
Hence, nobody should care that the Italian government will reduce its budget for cultural purposes drastically. Nevertheless, on November 12th, 2010 about 800 museums, art galleries, libraries and sites went on strike to protest against this cut. They fear new damages to symbols of Italian identity.