28 May 2018

Social use of confiscated assets

In 1995, Libera was created and launched the first national campaign collecting signatures asking for a law that would add a lot to  the Rognoni – La Torre law : the social reuse of mafias confiscated assets.

The 109 law was officially implemented on the 7th of March, making the civil society a true protagonist of the fight against mafias through the reappropriation of spaces and their transformation into new ones. Libera does not manage directly mafias confiscated goods, but promotes formative interventions and collective design to make them become new resources able to trigger processus of local development and increase social cohesion.

To reach this ibjective, Libera ceated a network to multiply occasions of interactions between public figures ( National Agency for the Administration and the Destination of mafias seized and confiscated assets, regions, prefectures, local groups) and organizations of the voluntary sector (associations, social cooperatives, foundations). The main beneficiaries of the project activities are volunteer or cooperative organizations managing or wanting to manage confiscated goods.

Libera’s path for the last 23 years was carried out thanks to the collaboration with the Carabinieri Forestali, the Economy and Finance Ministry, the Department for Cohesion Policies, the Agency for territorial cohesion, the Italian Episcopal Conference and the Policoro Project, the Foundation con il Sud, The Agency “Cooperare con Libera Terra”, Legacoop, Confocoopeative, the Youth Entrepreunarial associations, Group Unipol and Foundation Unipolis.

In 2016, thanks to the help of Charlemagnes italian Foundatio, Libera realized a survey about subjects reusing the confiscated assets for the twenty-years anniversary of the 109/96 law : BeneItalia. Economia, welfare, cultura, etica :  la generazione di valori nell’uso sociale dei beni confiscati alle mafie. The campaigns Impresa bene comune, Scuola nazionale beni confiscati and Confiscati bene  2.0. are also promoted.

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