Renzi to check on Expo

PM to visit Milan 13 August

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is expected in Milan on Wednesday 13 August to check on progress in preparations for Expo 2015, according to a leading Italian daily. La Repubblica reports that the PM wants to pay a first personal visit to the construction site in Rho-Pero to check with his own eyes how the work is progressing. The pre-Ferragosto visit was planned in a lightning move together with sole commissioner Giuseppe Sala.

It is a message of confidence the government wishes to send to the organisers of Expo 2015, writes the authoritative daily. For the premier’s visit to the sites will coincide with the start of the busiest months of work. At present, 35 countries are already building their pavilions, and the rest will arrive shortly. The 1,500 labourers at present working in shifts will more than double by October.

This is Renzi’s first visit since 13 May, the daily points out, when the PM came to Milan on an emergency mission to give a shot of hope to the event, hard hit by the arrests which had just wiped out the gang fiddling with the supply contracts. On that visit three months ago, Renzi put an anti-corruption czar, Raffaele Cantone, in charge of checking every contract signed for the exposition.

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