In Italy there's a new character. The liberalizator. One who the Cip6 if it weren't for him, who the recharging if it weren't for him, who the telephone tariffs if it weren't for him, who the electricity tariffs if it weren't for him, who the price of gas if it weren't for him, who the costs of bank services if it weren't for him. If he had had a free hand we would have European prices and services.
But he didn't get the chance.
He has only been the Minister of Industry, and of Commerce, and of Artisans and of Tourism, and of Navigation and now Minister of Economic Development.
Clearly he's not the one responsible, it's someone else born on the same day. The one who has been bypassed.

The liberalizator even takes on liberalizations belonging to others as is explained by Andrea D'Ambra for telephone recharging. The liberalizator is serene when faced with the price cartel denounced by the EU. In Italy, electricity and gas cost like diamonds. But what competition is there if a company pays everything at a cost greater than in the rest of Europe ? What savings can a family make if they have utility bills at usury prices? Who is leading Enel and Eni? To which politician do they have to answer? The Finance Law is useless if the primary services cost double.

1. Eni/Enel: the voice of the EU
Neelie Kroes , head of the EU Antitrust body, has proposed the separation of the production from the management of the distribution networks and has called on Italy to "worry" as Eni and Enel "maintain a dominant position and exercise a substantial power in the market"

2. Eni/Enel: electricity and gas prices in Europe from today's Financial Times

3. Eni/Enel: the declarations of the companies and of the liberalizator
The requests from Kroes are "in line with the changes already in action in Italy over the last few years" Fulvio Conti , Enel CEO.

We have been among the "first companies in Europe to start pro-competition measures" Eni Declaration.

"The initiatives that Italy is taking are, on many points, are along the route that the European Union has indicated in its report." Pierluigi Bersani.

And finally the letter from Andrea D'Ambra:
" Dear Beppe,
As you know, the other night on Ballarò, Bersani 'discovered' the recharging costs at the best moment for political manoeuvring. That is when the decision from AGcom is about to arrive. That way everyone will say: "oh, what a great guy, this Bersani! He's abolished the recharging costs!" But no! I'm not having that! Political manoeuvrings have never gone down with me! Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar! You know that this initiative, if it weren't for you who has supported me that created it and for more than 800 thousand people who signed in support, that it wouldn't have got to this point. It's only thanks to the petition at that the Authority has made a move after I made the denunciation to the European Commission in spite of what Bersani says…
Please make his clear on your blog because:
1) The press, friendly to Bersani is censoring this initiative for political interests
2) The press, friendly to the operators is censoring this initiative for economic interests.
Thanks from my heart".
Andrea D'Ambra

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Hello there,
A fact always strike me as strange in Italy, everybody is always willing and ready to discuss Philosophy and the ideal perfect society.
The rights of individuals, the rights of the workers (Unions), the rights of the different (Homosexuals and Heterosexuals), freedom of religion and so on and on.
Although I recognize these rights are undisputable and rightfully so, the problem comes when these rights are imposed from the top down, and not requested or accepted by the People and from the people, they are worthless.
I could care less how many dikes or transvestites there are in the Government, if the people don’t accept them as the norm it’s not going to work.
Meanwhile Italian Society is disconnected from the real world evolution as a society with the obvious results seen today.
Italy champion Moratorium on Death Penalty (The world couldn’t care less!), Unions are the drag on Industrial evolution (Wild strike, lack of flexibility, mobility, all Industry managed by government and their employee are failing examples Alitalia, Treni Italia, Anas, Autostrade, Power Generation and Distribution, Services, Banking etc).
While the World Economies are growing deregulated and de-unionized Italy is going exactly in the opposite direction, Services are de-regulated while in Italy are kept Regulated, Compartmentalized (Banking, Attorney, Notaries, Retail, Service Stations, Pharmacies, to Open a Business 62 days and 72 Permits, Newspapers (Subsidized) etc etc).
Is this what Italy needs, plus 26 Parties, that have permeated each and every aspect of the society?
Is this the Philosophy, is this The Italian Way?
Good luck, I see the world going in the other direction, as fast as it can!

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 17, 2007 02:02 PM

Hello there Mr. Sanna,
No I am not saying that, I was asking expertise in fields where the value is added not subtracted.
In the fields you mentioned hands down, no competition there Italy is the Pinnacle.

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 15, 2007 06:43 PM

ihihihiihiiih! Giacomo are you joking? in Italy we have lots of expertise in a number of fields. In my opinion we are the best at what we do. Are you telling me we have no expertise in fields like Burocracy, Corruption, Dodging taxes, Mafia, Clientelism, Fraud, Bigottism, Fascism, P2ism and rigged football leagues?. Could you ask for more ? Come on man you are really hard to please!

You really want to know what actually saves this beatiful country of ours? Tourism and Art. And people like you and me of course!

Posted by: piero sanna | January 15, 2007 02:47 PM

Hello there,
Ladies and Gentlemen my point is that Italy nowadays is surviving on the Global market only because os services and related charges.
Whomever tells you otherwise is fooling you, the only thing keeping this Country on the map is Luxury Goods (Very low production at a very high profits).
This is it, every other field of industry Italy has no competence, or expertise, or infrastructure and future.
Italy has been wiped out of the Competition Map thanks to Unions, Incompetent Political Management and very high degree of complacency.
Italians keep telling each other that “We are very good and competitive on the Market”!
Competitive on “What” in which “Field”?
Please someone enlighten me Please!
The world is growing and expanding in fields like “Electronics, Software, Aviation, Power Generation, Nanotechnology, Education, Space, Communication, Agriculture, Transportation etc”
Please would some one tell me where is Italy in any fields of expertise?
Alitalia is bankrupt, Nuovo Pignone sold to GE, Telecom is moribund, IT Industry has been sold out to Siemens Alcatel Nokia and Nortel, Software non existing, Aviation well Airbus and Boeing nothing here, Transportation Fiat Ferroviaria (Pendolino so you know sold to France Ashtom), Fiat still here but investing in Poland India China and Brazil etc.
Folks the state of Italian University is dire to putting mildly, Government interference in any field is blatant and disruptive at best, Unions are scaring away any Foreign Investment please would some one tell me where the Money should come from?
Normal folks put their saving (Meager I may add although dear) into Banks and these thieves charge horrendous charges while dispensing no interest, that is where the money is in the Banks and our Politicians knows this very well.
Abolish Unions, wipe out this Political Class and open wide open the Banking system, will see the results in three years time otherwise has been very nice thanks but no thanks.
Thanks again

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 15, 2007 02:00 PM

"kenthy ohayo FUCK OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

piero sanna | January 12, 2007 04:28 PM"

well said piero!!

Posted by: pat kerr | January 15, 2007 11:04 AM

Bersani! Very smart! Congratulation! You almost succeeded in jerking us around.
The sad part of this is that I really thought Bersani was one of the most reliable and competent in our parliament.


Beppe, thanks for that. Keep doing the good work

Posted by: Lorenzo Federico | January 13, 2007 05:01 AM

Ha estado bien tu comentario de hoy. Te felicito.
Saludos desde el País Vasco.

Posted by: Rupert Birkin | January 13, 2007 12:31 AM

What was I saying? I wanted to write Stalin instead of Lenin.
(They are commies anyway)

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 12, 2007 06:31 PM

Looks like Adolf Hitler, Lenin and Mao are back.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 12, 2007 06:30 PM

Subject: Fw: Petition about new travel car tax

Hello All,
I thought this was a JOKE until I checked out the website (and signed the petition) choose for yourself...Steve

Democracy in action?

The government's proposal to introduce road pricing will mean you having to purchase a
tracking device for your car and paying a monthly bill to use it. The tracking device will
cost about £200 and in a recent study by the BBC, the lowest monthly bill was £28 for a
rural florist and £194 for a delivery driver. A non working Mum who used the car to take
the kids to school paid £86 in one month. On top of this massive increase in tax, you will
be tracked. Somebody will know where you are at all times. They will also know how fast
you have been going, so even if you accidentally creep over a speed limit in time you can
probably expect a Notice of Intended Prosecution with your monthly bill.

If you care about our freedom and stopping the constant bashing of the car driver, please
sign the petition on No 10's new website (link below) and pass this on to as many people
as possible.

Il marcio non prolifica solo in Italia.

Posted by: angelo parisi | January 12, 2007 05:11 PM

bravi d'ambra e grillo.
i nostri eletti (???) vanno controllati e sculacciati se del caso.
e non rieletti, per cui ritengo utile segnalare quanto fanno e ,di conseguenza, bocciati o ammessi in future elezioni.
saluti da leonardo

Posted by: leonardo vaira | January 12, 2007 04:47 PM

kenthy ohayo FUCK OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: piero sanna | January 12, 2007 04:28 PM

And I have a pair of used Timberland boots to sell..... This Blog is open to all kinds of garbage and Beppe is allowing it.

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