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Mafia in the energy sector

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Recently, I did a piece on a report by Europol for Spegillinn, the radio programme that I work for. Alda at the brilliant IcelandWeatherReport blogged on it, with a link to the Europol report. With energy being the ‘hot’ sector in Iceland and with Icelanders often being more than naive when it comes to dealing with foreign investors it’s a timely report. Thank you Alda for taking it up on your blog!

Those of us who stem from fishing nations know that the best fishing grounds is where current meet. The lesson from Italy is that corruption is ripe where the public and private sector meet. That’s also where the corruption in the energy sector is. Just recently, the police in Sicily arrested the ‘lord of the winds’ in the island, Vito Nicastri the man who has been setting up wind farms all over Sicily, with a little help from the state.

This is just a timely reminder of how the mafia is creeping into the ‘clean’ economy – and a reminder for everyone that organised crime is usually pretty quick in understanding where the lucrative possibilities are to be found.

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Written by Sigrún Davídsdóttir

September 23rd, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Posted in Iceland

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  1. Well I wouldn’t have had occasion to take it up but for your excellent report in Spegillinn. So thank YOU. :)


    23 Sep 10 at 11:17 pm

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