10-Jul-18 17:08 - By Giulia Lombardo

Fines up to €7,000 for buying counterfeit goods from beach vendors?Fines

From this summer tourists who pay for massages, tattoos, hair braids and counterfeit products from unauthorised vendors could run the risk of a fine up to €7,000. According to the ruling called Safe Beaches wanted by Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, vendors caught selling counterfeit products could face fines of between €2,500 and €15,500 and have their merchandise confiscated. Harsh fines also apply to customers. The proposed ruling which is expected to be rolled out this summer aims to tackle vendors who sell fake brands and evade tax, damaging legitimate businesses. Laws relating to the illegal trade in counterfeit goods are already on the statute book. The new decree against vendors and those who choose to buy from them will be enforced by Local police, Carabinieri and the Tax police.

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10-Jul-18 17:04 - By Giulia Lombardo

Italy and migration - the latest news

Italy has started a new hard-line policy against migration flows from North, West and the Horn of Africa which saw a dramatic increase in the last five years. Matteo Salvini, the new deputy prime minister, and head of the far-right League party, has announced the closure of all Italian ports to NGOs rescuing migrants at sea, for the entire summer. The ban would concern not only access to ports but also the furnishing of fuel to the NGOs, accused of helping people smugglers.

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10-Jul-18 17:02 - By Giulia Lombardo

AS Roma Soccer Stadium Scandal

A new corruption scandal has hit the Italian capital. This time under the spotlight there is the AS Roma soccer team stadium which has caused the arrest of nine people for alleged corruption involving bureaucratic aspects of the long-delayed stadium. The range of charges include a criminal conspiracy to corrupt public officials. Among those detained there is the main constructor of the stadium, Luca Parnassi. Also arrested was Adriano Palozzi, vice-president of the Lazio region, regional councillor Michele Civita and Luca Lanzalone, the head of municipal electricity company ACEA, who has worked closely with Rome mayor Virginia Raggi in the ongoing approval process.

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