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Translation from Italian – December 13, 2006

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Rao (MPA), Save Project Ri.MED

“It would be very grave for the government to assume responsibility for Sicily and Italy losing the possibility of hosting an avant-garde research center in the field of biotechnology like Ri.MED”, stated Pietro Rao, the deputy of the “Movement for Autonomy” who, together with otherautonomy colleagues, conducted a battle in favor of the project.

“If, as announced in the interview given by Jeffrey Romoff to the Sole 24 Ore, the biotech center is realized in Ireland instead of Sicily”, he added, “this would constitute a very serious loss, not only for the island, but also for the territory of the province of Palermo, for which the damage would be of remarkable significance. It would also be a serious loss for Italy, it would have to give up a center of research of significant importance, capable of attracting international business and giving space to our young researchers.”

“I trust”, he added, “in the bill that asks the government to approve the center, presented by the MPA in the Chamber of Deputies and positively received; I hope this translates as an item in the financial bill that will be approved in the Senate”. “It would be scandalous”, he concluded, “that this project, for which our country has already spent much energy, would be realized somewhere else, in Ireland or other countries which, like Spain, enjoy more capable leaders.”

 


Original Italian text

FINANZIARIA: RAO (MPA), SALVARE PROGETTO RI.MED

 

(ANSA) - PALERMO, 13 DIC - "Sarebbe gravissimo che il

 

Governo si assumesse la responsabilità di far perdere alla

 

Sicilia e all'Italia la possibilità di ospitare un centro di

 

ricerca all'avanguardia nel campo delle biotecnologie, come è

 

il Ri.Med". Lo dichiara Pietro Rao, deputato del Movimento per

 

l'Autonomia che, insieme agli altri colleghi autonomisti, ha

 

condotto una battaglia a favore del progetto.

 

"Se, come annunciato nell'intervista rilasciata al 'Sole 24

 

Ore' da Jeffrey Romoff, dell'università di Pittsburg, il centro

 

biotech venisse realizzato in Irlanda piuttosto che in Sicilia -

 

aggiunge - questo costituirebbe una gravissima perdita, non solo

 

per l'Isola, ma anche per il territorio della provincia di

 

Palermo, per cui l'indotto sarebbe di notevole rilevanza.

 

Sarebbe una perdita gravissima anche per l'Italia, che dovrebbe

 

rinunciare a un centro di studi di primaria importanza, capace

 

di attrarre interessi internazionali e di dare spazio ai nostri

 

giovani ricercatori".

 

"Confido - aggiunge - nell'ordine del giorno che impegna il

 

Governo a realizzare il centro, presentato dal MpA in sede di

 

voto di fiducia alla Camera e accolto positivamente; spero che

 

si traduca in un dato di fatto nel testo della finanziaria che

 

sarà varato al Senato".

 

"Sarebbe scandaloso - conclude - che questo progetto, su cui

 

si sono spese fino a oggi tante energie nel nostro Paese,

 

potesse trovare realizzazione altrove, in Irlanda o in altri

 

Paesi che, come la Spagna, godono di esecutivi più capaci".

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