The BBC is reporting that Italian museum workers have gone on strike to protest austerity measures. See
It has also been reported that Stefano de Caro has retired as Director General of Antiquities. http://bloggingpompeii.blogspot.com/2010/11/new-director-general-for-antiquities.html
Prof. de Caro acted as Italy's point man for discussions about a renewal of the US MOU with Italy.
It is unclear whether these budget woes impacted Prof. De Caro's decision to retire.