Private funding for Pompeii subject to 'strict controls'

Some 50 million euros of EU funding allocated by end of year

Private funding for Pompeii subject to 'strict controls'

Naples, July 23 - Private funding for much needed works to restore and preserve the Pompeii archeological site will be monitored by "clear guidelines...a framework of rules and strict controls," Italian Culture Minister Massimo Bray said on Tuesday. Bray visited the world-famous site to survey work underway and check that contracts for restoration are being fulfilled. "There is no ban against those who are looking to help enhance our cultural heritage," Bray said. In March, a European Union Commission approved an injection of 105 million euros in restoration funds for Pompeii's ailing monuments, to be combined with an equivalent investment from Italy. A parallel project of private investors and businesses to develop areas surrounding the archeological site is also being established. At least 50 million euros of the money earmarked by the EU for restoration will be allocated by the end of the year, Territorial Cohesion Minister Carlo Trigilia said. (photo: Territorial Cohesion Minister Carlo Trigilia)

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