Virginia Raggi to focus on transparency as candidate for Rome's mayor

Raggi sets out her programme ahead of Rome mayoral election.

Battling corruption, improving rubbish collection and decongesting traffic are top priorities for the Rome mayoral candidate Virginia Raggi of the anti-establishment MoVimento 5 Stelle (M5S), according to an interview published in Rome daily newspaper Il Tempo.

Raggi said that transparency needs to be restored in the wake of the Mafia Capitale scandal which involved criminals infiltrating the Rome administration to receive lucrative city contracts.

She identified the need to make the city's waste management more efficient and improve the flow of public transport through "smart" traffic lights that give priority to the city's bus fleet, which she would also increase.

The 37-year-old lawyer, former Rome city council member and mother-of-one said that if elected in June she would reduce taxes paid by Rome residents. However Raggi told the Foreign Press Association recently that she would work to recoup the "€400 million" that the Vatican allegedly fails to pay Rome each year for costs and services.

She has stated her opposition to Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympics, saying that the capital should "solve its problems" first, and has called for the progressive phasing out of camps for the Roma community.

Raggi also believes that Rome should try to restore its international image which has been tarnished in recent years.