Italian election could see mafia interference

Italy’s Anti-Mafia commission has produced extensive research in addition to reports in addition to overseen reforms in order to combat the perennial problem in Italy of organized crime.

in which’s believed to be a widespread problem within the country still, in addition to there are some other organized crime groups in Italy in which the commission investigates too, including “La Sacra Corona Unita” based in Puglia (southern Italy) in addition to “Stidda” (which means “star” in Sicilian dialect) a loose band of criminal gangs in Sicity often seen as rivals of the Cosa Nostra.

Italy is usually the euro zone’s third largest economy in addition to yet the Mafia, whose activities range via selling contraband in addition to counterfeiting goods to extortion, drug trafficking, prostitution, fraud, racketeering in addition to more (you name in which, the Mafia has probably done in which) is usually an economic power in itself.

While hard to estimate the real amount of Mafia activities, Italy’s statistics agency Istat said in 2017 in which the country’s “economia non osservata” or black economy (defined as undeclared economic in addition to illegal activities) was worth a combined 208 billion euros dollar conversion in 2015, an amount equivalent to around 12.6 percent of Italy’s gross domestic product, with illegal activities around 17 billion euros within in which total figure.

The highest-value sectors of the illegal economy in 2015 were drug trafficking (worth 11.8 billion euros) in addition to prostitution (worth 3.6 billion euros), while connected transport in addition to storage activities accounted for 1.3 billion euros, Istat said.

Not only a domestic issue, major profits via large-scale illegal activities mean the Mafia has infiltrated many parts of the wider legitimate economy in Italy in addition to Europe, laundering its “dirty money” in real estate investments in addition to participation in public in addition to private contracts, “particularly within the field of construction, public utilities in addition to waste disposal,” according to a 2016 report by Eurojust, the European Union’s judicial cooperation agency.

“In addition to laundering in foreign countries the proceeds of illicit activities carried out in Italy, these organized criminal groups have massively infiltrated the legitimate economy of many (EU) Member States, such as Spain (particularly favored by the Italian Camorra), the Netherlands, Romania, France, Germany in addition to the U.K.,” Eurojust said.

Rosy Bindi, the head of the Anti-Mafia commission, said Wednesday in which organized crime groups were becoming more sophisticated in addition to increasingly recycling money earned with drugs in legitimate economic activities.

“The fight against the Mafia can no longer be delegated only to specialists because today’s mobsters know more than ever to blend in with our world,” she said, according to Corriere della Sera.

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