Procedures for govt entry into Arexpo

Company manages site of Expo 2015 world fair

(ANSA) - Rome, February 18 - The government has worked out the procedures for its entry into Arexpo, a company that manages the site of the Expo 2015 world fair, the premier's office said Thursday in a statement. The agreement was reached at a meeting chaired by government undersecretary Claudio De Vincenti with Farm Minister Maurizio Martina, Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni, Milan Mayor Giuliano Pisapia, economy cabinet chief Roberto Garofoli, and the premier's economic adviser Marco Simoni, among others.
    Martina said late last year it is "crucial" that the government be part of the enterprise that will oversee the redevelopment of the Expo site, calling for "a project for the area that is strong, ambitious, national in scope".
    To date discussion has centered on turning the site into a new university campus for innovation and research, with a particular focus on the farm and food sector in keeping with the theme of Expo 'Feeding the planet, energy for life'.
    Arexpo is partially held by the regional and city governments and owns the land of the Expo site.