Pnrr to the test of the territories
While the itinerant presentation of the NRP by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers continues, a survey finds that Italians know little about the National Recovery and Resilience Plan
The main instrument was prepared by the European Union in response to the socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The total amount of EU financial commitments will be € 1,074.3 billion on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and € 750 billion on the NGEU. As part of the Next Generation Eu initiative, Italy has received resources relating to the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr) for a total amount of € 191.5 billion to be spent in the period 2021-2026 through the implementation of the Pnrr (of which 51.4 billion for projects already in place).
From a recent survey, it emerged that there are still few Italians (only 21% even among professionals) who know in detail the contents and possibilities of the NRP. Specifically, the survey shows that only 21% of Italians, equal to about 9 million fellow citizens, have specific knowledge of the NRP, while 62% have approximate knowledge of it. Just 5% of the population (equal to about 2 million Italians) has a truly in-depth awareness of it; overall, more than 8 out of 10 (83%, equal to approximately 36 million fellow citizens), know at least the Plan by name.
The lack of knowledge of the tools for accessing finance is the first obstacle that Italy must overcome in order to achieve efficient and growth-oriented spending according to the parameters set by the EU, on the pain of the return of resources to the EU.
The European Union has recommended individual countries – and also Italy – to focus on the goals that will have the most lasting impact and strengthen growth potential, job creation, health systems, economic and social resilience. and regional cohesion. This has led to a greater concentration of investments in the construction sector, to improve infrastructures and territorial cohesion, and in the manufacturing industry, to which more than 60% of the total resources are dedicated.
Manageritalia with a specific report from the Tertiary Observatory underlined how this concentration of investments in Construction insists on an already overloaded sector, penalizing the tertiary sector and the world of services, which contribute 70% to the national GDP, but to which it is dedicated only 40% of the resources.
In short, “It was decided to invest more in hardware than in software”, in the words of Manageritalia president Mario Mantovani who, at the opening of the national assembly, reminded the government: “For the economic recovery to be lasting, yes it must aim for structural and sustainable growth over time.
The management of the projects will in fact largely pass from the local authorities (in particular the Municipalities, with the exception of Health, which sells the Regions, protagonists with 40% of the resources invested in the South), but it will be the companies that will have to implement the projects in the field by participating in competitions. Manageritalia is present, also through CIDA, in the various stages of development of the NRP, in particular in the partnership table which brings together all the main organizations and social forces and which is intended to accompany the execution for the entire period of the Plan, therefore up to to 2026. And it also collaborates on the territory with Regions and Municipalities through its own territorial Associations.
A tour to explain the Recovery plan to professionals in the territories
Just to spread the knowledge of the NRP, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers organized a traveling initiative to communicate with citizens, businesses, and local administrations on the contents and opportunities of the NRP: ” Italiadomani – Dialogues on the national recovery and resilience plan ”. It is a real “tour de force” of periodic events throughout Italy, with the participation of ministers and representatives of the Government and experts and technicians who will dialogue with the territories and the protagonists of the implementation of the Plan. Here is the calendar of meetings, which sees the next appointment on Monday 10 January in Padua.
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