Expo 2015 publishes all costs

OpenExpo available on line

Expo 2015 commissioner Giuseppe Sala has made good on his promise to publish full details of taxpayers’ funds spent Milan's Expo2015 in a public database, updated in real time with fresh figures.

After the scandal earlier this summer over manipulation of contracts for next year’s world international exposition Sala unveiled the dedicated website OpenExpo last week on which all costs and salaries, contracts and tenders can be consulted, as a firewall corruption and organised crime.

Various sections of the website provide not only statistics and figures, but also helpful infographics, reports on progress of the various sub-contracts, details of invitations to tender and criteria for contract awards, and more.

The project is designed to answer questions like how much Expo has cost and will cost, who has been awarded consultancy contracts, or how the individual building sites are progressing.

For example, the website currently shows that 25 of the 34 building sites currently planned are still in construction, three of them have been completely finished, another five are in the final phase of testing and budgeting checks. One, a contract to do with the water systems, has been suspended.

The total sum budgeted up to now has reached €574.7 million, of which €262 million has already been paid out.

Another interesting item revealed by OpenExpo is that out of the target figure of 24 million entry tickes, 5.4 million have already been sold at an average price of €22 – the various ticket formats available have widely differing prices.

Ticket sales are now available online with a 20 per cent saving. A new app Expo Milano 2015 is also available for download free of charge.

OpenExpo will continue to be updated not only during the preparatory phase but also while the exhibition is up and running next year, with pages on visitor statistics, public transport data, and more.

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