Franceschini, all the men of the cultural emperor (and the flops).

(Luigi Lupo – – Like him, no one ever. Since the birth in 1975 of Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activitiesfounded by Giovanni Spadolini, no one like Dario Franceschini has held the post of minister for so long. Ferrara politicians, central soul in AreaDemhas since 2014 sat in the armchair in the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. First with Renzi, then with Conte, now with Draghi. But how does it come about? What will his amazing powers be? Primarily diplomatsor rather, to know how to keep relations to the left and right.

The Christian Democrat Franceschini, from Ferrara to the palaces of Roman politics

Franceschini is a writer with a radical and smart intellectual appearance, and is well-liked by all because, as a true Christian Democrat (his beginnings are just within DC, as he was elected a city councilor in Ferrara in 1980), he is no stranger to political compromises. Under the Enrico Letta government in 2013, he was Minister of Relations with Parliament. Translated: is the bridge builder of the strange alliance between PDL and PD.

And so pfirst supporter of the Democratic Party’s support for the Five Starsalready promoted by the Regions in 2015 and then materialized in the Giallorossi government, within which he has the role of Interior Ministry.

But what about the work of the king of Italian culture? Of flop of the It Art platform has already written, and in addition, the league’s deputy Belotti, who is asking the minister about the budget for the alleged “Italian Netfix”, reiterated that he had not received any response.

The world of books seems to be satisfied, according to sources close to the sector heard by, for the bonus 18 app, which pushes reading among the younger generations and various means of promoting the centrality of books. However, the same cannot be said of the cultural heritage.

The “You Recognize Me” movement: “Negative judgment of Franceschini’s very long work”.

Where Franceschini imposed “a clear change in the work and function of the ministry”.

To say that is the movement “You know me”, born in 2015 from the intuition of a group of students and young professionals linked to the galaxy in the student organization Link: the group was born as a campaign on access to professions in the field of cultural heritage and on the improvement of educational qualifications in the sector. And he is strongly critical of Franceschini’s work: “From the point of view of our association – the referee tells Rosanna Carrieri – that opinion on the very long work can only be negative for two main reasons “.

The role of the subsidiary Ales

That complete neglect of work and obscene wages as proposed in sector tenders, even in ministerial institutes, with the expansion of the invested company ALES which ended up becoming a parallel ministry and avoided public employment“.
Ales is the internal company in MIC Kulturministeriet – which owns 100% of the share package – engaged for over fifteen years in support activities for the preservation and improvement of the cultural heritage and in support activities for the technical-administrative offices in Eneaktionær.

President, reaffirmed a few months ago at the helm of Ales, is Mario De Simoni who will hold the position for another three years until 2025. De Simoni is a figure who, judging by his CV, has a varied background in society, not only in the cultural field: he began his career in Diners Club Spathe historic credit card company that in 2020, paradoxically at the end of the shutdown, when digital payments were incentivized, was put into voluntary liquidation, its credit cards were made inactive in the first months of 2021.

Also CEO of a company in Biscegliein the northern part of Bari, which took care of the environmental management of the country before becoming in 1989 director of the arts and culture department of the company Artesia and Daniele Jacorossi Spa, part of the oil reserves “Fintermica Group “. In short, important roles, as well as the one held from 2003 to 2016 in Palaexpo Rom. Another subsidiary, a company where De Simoni is based. From these experiences, De Simoni, whom Franceschini trusts, matures the privatization of cultural assets.

Memorandum from the Court of Auditors on Ales

And in fact from the report approved by the Court of Auditors ‘Audit Section with decision no. 21/2021, it appears that in 2019 it appears – we read on the Court of Auditors’ portal “that Ales has managed 58 service contracts, of which 28 with the Directorates-General for Mibact and 30 with cultural institutions equipped with autonomy and with the so-called large museums, for a total of 29 contractors and 161 contact persons in the area. which the structure has constantly interacted with for the organizational and managerial aspects ”. An increase in expenditure and in the production value that led to in 2019 is seen in the budget, to a decrease in the balance compared to the previous year by 5.20 percent, corresponding to approximately 105.74 million, compared to 111.54 million in 2018, due to the decrease in current assets (5.18 percent).

Carrieri: “Franceschini likes to secure a wealth of press releases to the detriment of the maintenance of several cultural sites”

Carrieri continues: “In addition to the” private or privatist management of more and more cultural assets, with creation of new funds, the rise in ticket prices, the choice to invest everything in a few handfuls of pagesfavoring mega-projects (some failed – think verybello or its art – or redundant, such as the reconstruction of the Colosseum arena “, Franceschini likes to show up” to guarantee abundant press releases, regardless of routine maintenance and the fact that hundreds of other sites are closing or drastically reducing services in the meantime“.

The “system” of museum deals: Franceschini gets his loyalists to walk around

But Franceschini was also an advocate of one of the most radical innovations in the leadership of the ministry. Renewal, in its own way, with a political rather than a technical touch, the system of management appointments to autonomous museums and cultural institutes. “It’s Gone – The ‘Recognize Me’ Movement Continues – from internal recruitment by competition to external shop steward recruitment, which follows a selection based on qualifications and interviews, giving a more political and less technical touch to the ministry. THAT so-called international competitions, is actually a tender in which 10 admitted candidates are selected first – according to very vague criteria at the oral interview and then identified a trio of possible leaders, to finally arrive at the shop steward appointment, in fact. They are therefore exceptional nominations, as since 2016, when this new form of “competition”, after the Franceschini reform, has begun, has already raised several doubts in our sector. In fact, there has been no shortage of complaints and it should not be overlooked that on 4 February the Court of Auditors presented to the Ministry some results concerning the most recent appointments and emphasized that the significance of the interview and the criteria for identifying the triad had not been clarified.“.

With this system, Franceschini would make his faithful go from one direction to another. As in the case of Massimo Osanna: in March 2014 he succeeded Giuseppe Proietti as Archaeologist Superintendent of the Archaeological Heritage of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia, from 2016 he was Director General of the Superintendent of Pompeii, a position held until July 2020, when he changed to the role of Director General of Museums under the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. In April 2021, Osanna appointed himself interim director of the Archaeological Park of Paestum and Elea-Velia, pending the selection of the new director through a tender. In short, Osanna king of the most important Italian archeological and cultural sites.

The court also intervened against the dpcm of October 20, 2020, allowing Franceschini appointed Stéphane Vergermember of the Scientific Council of the Musée du Louvre, as director of the Roman National Museum and asks that “he come clarified the reasons for the judgment it must be characterized by justice and transparency“.

Back in 2015the year Franceschini was Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism during Renzi governmentnoted the court “that 90 percent of the museums’ services were in the hands of 8 concessionaires“And today the situation is not so different: e.g. CoopCulture, one of the largest cultural heritage companies, is present at 127 museums, while Civita in 29.

Civita, the think tank for Franceschini’s friends

Civita opens another curious chapter of Franceschini’s political and managerial interweaving: The think tank, which defines itself as a “main character in the field of cultural promotion”, is led by Gianni Letta which according to numerous rumors would have supported Dario del Pd in ​​the promotion to Fuortes as CEO of Rai. But the surprises do not stop there. The name of Civica’s Presidency Committee also appears Domenico Arcuri. Just him, emergency commissioner in 2020, “losing masks”, strongly supported by Franceschini. A true navigator of politics and appointments, at the head of the personal empire of Italian culture.

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