Pasqualino Monti and the "Operation Truth"Pasqualino Monti's statement at the press conference for his reelection as extraordinary commissioner of the Port Authority of Civitavecchia: what has actually happened in the last months
Civitavecchia, February 8, 2016 - conference room of the Port Authorities of Civitavecchia
Angry, proud, confident and willing to remove some peebles from his shoes. Today Pasqualino Monti, just (re)elected extraordinary commissioner of the Port Authorities of Civitavecchia. The fresh nomination by Graziano Del Rio, after some very stormy days of uncertainty, have nudged the extraordinary commissioner to announce a press conference. We report his statement.
PASQUALINO MONTI AND THE "OPERATION TRUTH"
After the words of thanks, customary but sincere, addressed to minister Graziano Del Rio and to president Nicola Zingaretti for the trust they have granted him, the new extraordinary commissioner starts dealing with what he has called "Operation Truth" during which he will dismantle point by paint the attempts to sling mud at him.
"With this press conference I hope to open and close definetely all controversies arisen in the last months and grown stunningly in the last days. Let's start from the end: Civitavecchia is not the only port where people have had to wait 1 days to choose a commissioner. One day before the nomination, the minister got a petition and he decided to wait until hearing the final decision of the attorney general, instead of choosing someone else, and for that I'm grateful to him. Friday morning (02/05/2016) the Attorney General rejected the petition."
"The attacks I have suffered in the last months are shockingly violent. I fight fiercely knowing I am right and I am proving it with facts. It is clear to see, to me and now to everyone, that someone has been trying to sling mud at me. And those who pay, who write and who report seat all around the same table. I insist, I hope for the last time, on the fact that all reports have been rejected."
"I want to say to that individual that when I defend myself... I do defend myself. It's time to know who is accountable for what they have done to me and we will hear it all.
Those who want to kick me out will have to work harder. Because the mud they are trying to sling to me will turn against them."
Pasqualino Monti, reelenction press conference 2/8/2016
And after the harsh attack to the mudslingers Monti goes back over everything that has happened in the last months with the aim of making things clear: from the agreement with the City Council, where the project is willingly at standby, to the wages and employees of the Port Authority, from the results in 2015 ("excellent both in investments and profitability") to the acquisition of lands, from the agreement with FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) to the deficit -which is actually not so much deficit-: "these positive results have make us be sure (including also General Secretary Ievolella, at his sife during the press conference) to keep continue carrying on with boldness and pride all projects and construtions started up to date. These are the results that have make Civitavecchia become a core port and an Authority as Port System."
THE CHALLENGE FOR THE FUTURE: THE PLANTS OF CIVITAVECCHIA AND LIVORNO
The closing of the press conference has dealt with the big challenge for the next years: "the new organization of the port system will lead to the construction of two huge platforms in the Thyrrenean Sea: Livorno and Civitavecchia. Our challenge will be to win the battle and attract towards Civitavecchia the commercial market. Both citizens and the whole political class need to understand that building the Energy Plant Grandi Masse we can solve the problem of unemployment in Civitavecchia. The political system will have to support it and defend it against all current and future attacks. Because I could leave tomorrow or in four years, but the plant is a heritage that will remain forever to the city."