In the seventy or so slides that the spending review commissioner presented to the committee of ministers in charge of cutting public spending, there is finally room for rationalization even of the state corps that garrison Italy’s seas. Maybe this is the time. Matteo Renzi and his staff, on the hunt for economic cover to back up announcements of cutting the tax wedge for employees and businesses, will have to get their hands on the chaos and waste we have been denouncing for years.
The proposal is simple, trivial and necessary: Rationalize the interventions and competencies of state bodies. Two should be, as is the case in other advanced nations, the bodies that carry out the control, the garrison, the detection of crimes. First and foremost, the Coast Guard, which is tasked with the garrisoning of Italy’s coasts and territorial waters with direct duties or coordination of all activities, excluding fiscal control activities. So we are talking about rescue: in case, he can ask for the help of police and/or carabinieri. As for tax audits, the task should remain the preserve of the Guardia di Finanza. This is what needs to be done to recover money and give peace of mind and certainty to boaters.
THE END OF CHAOS?
Will this be the beginning of the end of chaos in our seas in the name of spending review? How nice it will be when the anarchic brigade of incompetent carabinieri, policemen, forest rangers will stop stopping our quietly moored or sailing boats, chasing who knows what crime, with their very expensive obsolete and smelly means.