(ANSA) - Rome, January 23 - Upping measures against
organized crime in Italy will be a big part of a government pact
in the works, Italian Premier Enrico Letta said on Thursday.
"It will be a relentless commitment on the part of the
government, in line with the spirit of a country determined to
achieve important results," said Letta at the presentation of a
government anti-mafia report.
The premier said the new initiative would "especially go
after criminal assets".
"Making a very strong statement against crime is
fundamental, not just for ethical reasons, but also to make the
country more competitive," he added.
Italy's mafias have an annual turnover of 10.6 billion
euros or 0.7% of Italian GDP, Milan University expert Ernesto
Savona told a conference in Palermo in November.
The Neapolitan Camorra accounted for 35% of this and the
Calabrian 'Ndrangheta 32%, Savona said.
Drug trafficking and extortion were the main sources of
mafia revenue, Savona said.
The four mafias - the other two are Cosa Nostra in Sicily
and Puglia's Sacra Corona Unita - invested their money in
several main sectors: the wholesale and retail trade (29.4%);
construction (28.8%); hotels and restaurants (10;5%); real
estate, leasing and IT (9%); and farming, hunting and fishing