• Short Summary

    ITALY WILL BE HOLDING A GENERAL ELECTION ON MAY 19TH. IN WHICH DIVORCE, RELATIONS BETWEEN?

  • Description

    ITALY WILL BE HOLDING A GENERAL ELECTION ON MAY 19TH. IN WHICH DIVORCE, RELATIONS BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE, AND UNIVERSITY REFORM WILL BE AMONG THE MAIN NATIONAL ISSUES.

    BUT IN THE SOUTHER PART OF THE COUNTRY, A MORE IMMEDIATE ISSUE WILL BE THE PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE IN DEVELOPING THIS ECONOMICALLY BACKWARD AREA. THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE CAMPAIGNING ON ITS RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT; ITS OPPONENTS SEEKING TO CHALLENGE THIS IS INADEQUATE. ALL PARTIES ARE COMMITTED TO SPECIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES FOR THE SOUTH.

    THIS FILM SHOWS SOME OF THE CONTRAST BETWEEN RURAL SOUTHERN ITALY AND THE NEW INDUSTRIES THAT HAVE GROWN UP THERE IN RECENT YEARS. IT IS A COUNTRYSIDE OF OLIE GROVESAND HARD-BAKED SOIL, STILL PLOUGHED MOSTLY WITH ANIMALS; OF COTTAGE INDUSTRIES IN SMALL TOWNS AND VILLAGES, AND FINE CRAFTSMANSHIP IN POTTERY AND CERAMICS.AMONG THE FACTORS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED MOST TO THE OPENING UP OF THE SOUTH - THE MEZZOGIORNO, AS IT IS CALLED IN ITALY - ARE THE NEW MOTORWAYS. ITALY'S MAIN NORTH-SOUTH ROUTE, THE AUTOSTRADA DEL SOLE, HAS ALREADY BEEN EXTENDED FROM MILAN TO BEYOND NAPLES, AND WILL ULTIMATELY RUN RIGHT THROUGH TO REGGIO IN THE TIP OF THE ITALIAN "TOE". PRIVATE FIRMS, ATTRACTED BY GOOD COMMUNICATIONS, HAVE SITED FACTORIES WITHIN EASY REACH OF THESE MAIN ROADS.

    LATINA, BETWEEN ROME AND NAPLES, IS ONE PLACE SHOWN ON FILM WHICH HAS ATTRACTED A NUMBER OF THESE INDUSTRIES. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF FOREIGN FIRMS AMONG THEM, FOR BY ITALIAN LAW INDUSTRIES WHICH ESTABLISH THEMSELVES IN THE SOUTH RECEIVE TAX CONCESSIONS AND FAVOURABLE TERMS FOR TRANSFER OF PROFITS.

    THE COMMON MARKET, THROUGH THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK, LAST YEAR GRANTED A LOAN OF NEARLY GBP8-MILLION FOR FIVE NEW INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS IN SOUTHERN ITALY. STUDIES MADE FOR THE COMMON MARKET COMMISSION EMPHASISED THE NEED FOR GROWTH POINTS THAT WOULD ATTRACT SUBSIDIARY INDUSTRIES, AS WELL AS THE BIG SELF-CONTAINED PROJECTS LIKE THE MONTECATINI-EDISON PETRO-CHEMICAL WORKS AT BRINDISI AND THE HUGE STATE-CONTROLLED ITALSIDER STEEL WORKS AT TARANTO.

    OFFICIAL PLANNING HAS CONCENTRATED ON BRINGING THE BASIC INDUSTRIAL ESSENTIALS - POWER, WATERAND COMMUNICATIONS - TO THE SOUTH. NOW, IT IS BELIEVED THAT ENOUGH HAS BEEN DONE IN THIS DIRECTION TO STIMULATE SUBSTANTIAL PRIVATE INVESTMENT; AND THAT THIS IN ITS TURN WILL PUT AN END, IN DUE COURSE, TO THE DRIFT OF THE MOST VIGOROUS AND ENTERPRISING SOUTHERN ITALIANS TO THE NORTHERN CITIES AND TO OTHER COMMON MARKET COUNTRIES, LEAVING THE SOUTH TO THE VERY YOUNG AND THE VERY OLD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6GX3RO2XM6X82WMVK8H4EC38V
    Media URN:
    VLVA6GX3RO2XM6X82WMVK8H4EC38V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:06:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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