Truzzu's latest “legacy” at the Teatro Lirico: a huge real estate operation worth 400 thousand euros | THE NEWS

A resolution passed at the last minute; a real estate transaction worth more than 400 thousand euros; possible damage to the treasury and a now former mayor with a conflict of interest. These are the ingredients of the latest scandal which has befallen the tormented man. Lyric Theater of Cagliari. At the center of the story, a field that the Foundation still presided over a few days ago by the outgoing mayor Paolo Truzzu decided to acquire the “industrial conglomerate Macchaireddu” on March 14 (after the regional elections). It is 20,000 square meters intended to house a hangar intended to serve as scene storage.

THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST

These 20,000 m2 were sold by the Cagliari Provincial Industrial Consortium (CACIP), the second largest industrial consortium in Italy. Value of change of ownership: 378,000 euros + VAT. A normal transaction may appear at first glance. However, this change of ownership has many dark sides. Based on the fact that on March 24 Truzzu is outgoing mayor, he must therefore refrain from any act that goes beyond ordinary administration. However, this rule – as demonstrated by the 170 resolutions voted by the council of Solinas during the last meeting before falling into decay – does not seem to apply in Sardinia… But apart from a question of expediency, the vote of Truzzo that day poses a problem of legitimacy: Truzzu, in fact, in this transaction, he wears the double shirt of the buyer (as president of the Foundation which manages the theater) and that of the seller (being also a member of the board of directors of Cacip). An obvious conflict of interest which also clashes with the status of the Fondation Opéra, which in art. 7.6 specifies: “Members of the Foundation’s bodies cannot take part in deliberations in which they have interests contrary to those of the Foundation (…)”.

PURCHASE WITHOUT OFFER

But it does not stop there: in Resolution No. 8/2024 of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, the entire transaction process is traced and, although nebulously, there is no mention due to the fact that the Theater ever expressed an expression of interest in purchasing the land. In other words, he would never have asked for purchase proposals, he would not have tested the market and then compared costs, nor launched offers. The documents simply report that the CDI “gave a mandate to the Superintendent (Nicolas Colabianchieditor's note) to identify the rooms to be used for storing scenes that can meet the needs of the Foundation”. The CDI then adds that “the land intended for storing scenes” must have “an area of ​​at least 5,000 square meters “. Thus, from what has been written, it would seem that the choice of the Macchiareddu land was the result of the sole will of the superintendent, then endorsed by the board of directors.

FROM shed to land to build

But by carefully reading the documents, another major inconsistency appears: the CDI had initially given a mandate to identify “premises for storage use”, that is to say a warehouse, “of at least 5,000 m2”, and not building land. Instead, the theater ended up purchasing a 2-hectare plot of land, on which a warehouse would likely then need to be built. An absurdity, given that on the one hand there are dozens of empty warehouses in Macchiareddu, on the other the expenses of the Foundation, taking into account the rehabilitation, design and physical construction of the building, are doomed to explode. Without forgetting that, having to build from scratch, deadlines are expected to take longer and, in the meantime, the Teatro Lirico will continue to pay around 120,000 euros per year in rent for the spaces it occupies today . In short, a very unprofitable affair for the opera. Which did not want to answer the questions of La Notizia, just as the questions asked to the industrial consortium received no response.

THE DISTURBING PREVIOUS

In addition, the deed of ownership of the Macchiareddu land presents a worrying precedent: in May 2021, the theater board of directors decided to purchase a building of 8,160 m2 in the municipality of Uta, following an exploratory public inquiry (at the time it was carried out, even but became deserted). It was later discovered that the warehouse identified by the Foundation's technical office was a bankruptcy asset, taken over by a Roman company, founded only a month before the bankruptcy auction. Certainly not in the best conditions, so much so that the Foundation subsequently abandoned the purchase. Unlike Macchiareddu's 20,000 m2, which aroused no doubt at the CDI, obviously…

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