Warning: Italy's Mafias eye EU's billions in recovery funds
ROME Italys anti-Mafia investigators issued a warning Friday that mobsters will try to get some of hundreds of billions of euros in European Union recovery aid after the pandemic. Hundreds of billions (of euros) will pour into Europe and Italy, and at this point, the Mafia won't stand around and watch,'' Governale said. In past decades, Italy's several crime syndicates have often used intimidation or connivance or kickbacks to win public works contracts in the country. In particular the ndrangheta, considered Italys most powerful crime syndicate and a major criminal organization in much of Europe, is well positioned to go on a buying spree. The international economy will need liquidity, and in this, the ('ndrangheta) clans will go compete with the markets, needing substantial financial infusions, DIA's report said.