At the Ministry of Infrastructure there is no material on Bologna and Ustica

The Government replies to the Chamber of Deputies to an interpellation from the Third Pole. Research continues in the archives of the offices dependent on the minister. Marattin: strange that nothing has been found about blown up stations and planes

To date, no material relating to the massacres in Bologna and Ustica has been found in the archives of the Ministry of Infrastructures and in the meantime the research activity continues with regard to the Cabinet and the Offices directly dependent on the minister. This was explained by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Enterprises, Fausta Bergamotto, responding to the Chamber, on behalf of MIT, to an urgent interpellation presented by the deputies of the Third Pole Luigi Marattin and Matteo Richetti.

The initiative was based on the directives of the Renzi and Draghi governments for the declassification and extraordinary payment to the Central State Archive of the documents relating to the massacres in Piazza Fontana, Gioia Tauro, Peteano, the Milan Police Headquarters, Piazza della Loggia, the ‘Italicus, of Ustica, of the station of Bologna and of Italicus , which occurred between 1969 and 1984. In particular, according to what was declared by the president of the Association of relatives victims of the Ustica massacre, Daria Bonfietti, at the Advisory Committee on the activities of payment to the State archives and to the Central Archive, “the entire archive of the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport for the years of the massacres would be missing, as well as all the documentation of the minister and his Cabinet”.

“These serious shortcomings – it is written in the interpellation of Marattin and Richetti – in addition to representing the non-application of the provisions of the provisions of the Presidency of the Council, cause serious damage to the families of the victims of the massacres, including those of the Bologna and Ustica, as well as for all citizens”.

no documentation at Ciampino, Pomezia and Cesano

“The MIT offices -explained Undersecretary Bergamotto in response to the interpellation- have provided extensive collaboration since its establishment to the Advisory Committee on the activities of transferring the documentation to the Central State Archives and to the State archives” in question. “The non-transfer of archival documents did not derive from a lack of collaboration, but from the need for a precise recognition of the deposit archives. In fact, in the latter there were payments of the archival series produced by the dicasteries merged into the ministry following the institutional transformations occurred over the years”.

“Therefore – the government official explained again – the need was recognized for an inspection by a mixed delegation of personnel from the ministry and the State Archives at the Ciampino deposit archive, following which it was not no documentation relating to the events of interest to the Committee or classified documents has been found. Similarly, the managers of the archives of Pomezia and Cesano have excluded the presence of such documentation in their structures”.

“At the same time, the ministry has appointed the commission for the surveillance and discarding of the archive documents of the Cabinet and of the offices directly collaborating with the minister. This commission is proceeding with the surveillance activities on the conservation of the documentary heritage of the Cabinet of the minister and the Direct collaboration offices, as well as the archive waste required by Presidential Decree 37 of 2001”.

Marattin, ‘strange missing documents on stations and planes blown up’

“The commission, which took office on September 13, 2022, met on October 11 and 25 and on December 7, 2022 and the work is still ongoing. Inspections were carried out at the MIT storage archives with the support of staff from the State Archive for the purpose of more accurate recognition of the documentary material of the ministry and the preparation of the payment to the State Archive of the documentation identified as of archival interest”.

“The ministry -concluded Bergamotto- ensures that the work of the commission will continue in line with the objectives defined by the Committee, i.e. reconstructing the archival history of the ministry’s archives and inspecting the deposits of the offices in via Nomentana and via Caraci. At the same time the MIT shares the hope that the Committee can continue its activity aimed at the reconstruction work based on transparency, which can trigger the recovery of citizens’ trust in the institutions”.

“I understand -Marattin replied- that on the one hand they say that nothing has been found, on the other hand they say that the material relating to the Cabinet offices and the direct collaboration of the minister is still being inspected. That nothing was found is something that deserves reflection, because in those years the transport infrastructures were the subject of attacks in this country, it would be a bit strange if the competent ministry did not have documentation regarding stations that are being built blown up or planes crashing. I welcome the news that the documentation pertaining to the Offices directly collaborating with the Minister and the Cabinet is still under scrutiny”.