BRUSSELS — Italy’s failure to compensate for discrimination against foreign university lecturers “constititutes a serious reason for concern” and the EU Commission “is currently preparing next steps\decisions,” the EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, told MEPs.
ROME -- In a move that has surprised the diplomatic community in Rome and UN staff, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Gilbert Houngbo has announced to staff that he is running for the post of Director General of the International Labour Organization; IFAD sources say. The announcement came a mere six months after the Togoloese former prime minister was re-elected to head Rome-based IFAD, a UN development bank for small farmers, for a second term of four years.
NAPLES - The tobacconist, Gaetano Scutellaro, who allegedly stole a scratchcard worth 500,000 euros from an elderly female customer has been stopped at Fiumicino airport by border police, police said. Scutellaro, 57, was in possession of a ticket to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, where he evidently intended to escape.
FLORENCE- The 27th edition of ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO botteghe artigiane e loro committenze - promoted by the Associazione Giardino Corsini and scheduled from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 September 2021 – is back with an original and hands-on edition which will also involve the public in moments of life experienced in the Garden of the Palace, moving from historical evocation to a contemporary reality linked to manual activities.
PROCIDA -- ITALICS, the first consortium in Italy to unite more than 60 of the country’s most influential galleries of contemporary, modern and pre-modern art, has presented its first in-person project -- PANORAMA | Procida, an island-wide exhibition on Procida (off the coast of Naples, Italy) from Thursday, Sept 2 to Sunday, Sept.5 2021, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Curator and Associate Director of Programmes, Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
ROME - President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella has signed a decree to reduce the prison sentences for mafia-affiliated film director Ambrogio Crespi and killer Francesca Picilli.
ROME - Bruno Botta, Vice Chancellor for International Affairs at La Sapienza University, is urgently engaged with the foreign ministries, asking to persuade the Taliban to allow around 180 students who are stuck in Kabul to return to their studies in Rome.
ROME – Dutch influence at the FAO could be set to increase further with speculation that Netherlands wheeler-dealer Ilja Betlem may be promoted to Chinese DG Qu Dong Yu’s cabinet at the director level in the UN agency, FAO sources say.
ROME —The statements made by the former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on what he claims is the need to discuss with the Taliban, have aroused much controversy and earned the leader of the Five Stars, slanderous accusations, from support for terrorism to aiding a militia involved in acts of discrimination and violations against Afghan women and opponents.