30.03.2021 – 09.00 – Infrastructure, research, innovation, environmental sustainability. These are some strategic assets on which the proposals are developed for the future revitalization of Friuli Venezia Giulia that the Region intends to propose for the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and whose objectives were illustrated yesterday, Thursday, March 25th, during the first meeting for the so-called Third Restart, convened in Trieste by the President of the Regional Council Piero Mauro Zanin.
A strategic board, made up of the heads of the Council groups and the presidents of the Commissions, open to parliamentarians, MEPs and representatives of local authorities, “to create a project shared by all institutions of the territory that must be integrated regarding the proposals made by other Italian regions” said President Massimiliano Fedriga at the opening of the meeting.
“For the Recovery Plan we have drawn up a wide-ranging draft plan, the result of the in-depth work of all the directions of the Region” continued the president; “a text that will allow us to intercept the strategic lines that still have to be defined by the Government”.
The latter, however, has highlighted Fedriga, is late in involving the regions, but “a coordination is essential to reach an overall vision and avoid duplications between local, national and European financial channels.
Meanwhile,” he continued, “we have decided to start with a very broad hypothesis in financial terms, to have all the tools at our disposal when we understand what the government is aiming at.
Central was the topic of the infrastructures, beginning from the development of the freight terminals, to make the region one great logistic platform at service of the harbor area of Trieste and Monfalcone.
“Our location represents an added value,” explained Fedriga, “for this reason we must strengthen our port and freight terminal system that already today can mobilize very high quantities of goods, the result of numerous connections at an international level.”
Among the other projects in the pipeline are the urban regeneration of Porto Vecchio, the Trieste-Lignano-Venezia bike path to enhance slow tourism, the doubling of the Udine-Cervignano railway line and the Simplified Logistic Zone.
There are also many potentialities on the research and innovation front: from e-commerce, to the advantages deriving from data centers, to the completion of the digitalization of the regional cultural heritage, up to the indication of a national high-tech quantum computing center that the Region has applied to host.
Further, there is environmental sustainability, “among our objectives” explained the president, there is “also that of intercepting funds related to environmental sustainability, increasingly requested by our citizens. We need to do a serious reasoning on all sources of alternative energy, such as hydrogen” also advantageous in terms of research, to attract important international investments, as well as employment for the territory.
In terms of resources, explained Councillor Zilli, “we must continue raising awareness of stakeholders, but it should be noted that, to date, there is no knowledge of the framework in which our region can move.
“We continue with the ambitious work of collection even regarding the financial part, in December we had a total of projects of over 11 billion euros today we are above 13 billion between projects of local and regional institutions”.
In addition to being immediately feasible, the projects must have a positive impact in terms of GDP growth, he stressed, and be consistent with other national and EU initiatives and “complementary and synergistic in the combination of funds from different instruments.
“The resources of React Eu, Programming 21-27 and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan must be integrated with those that can be put in place directly by the Region,” said the Councillor, “but the common thread must be to put together reforms and investments in order to seize the opportunity to improve what does not work and modernize our region.
“By next week, the update of the regional proposals to the National Resilience and Restart Plan will be submitted to the Council of Friuli Venezia Giulia, but we are waiting to know the final provisions on governance and content of the plan that will be proposed by the new Government” said the representative of the Council.
On this last aspect we hope for an extensive inclusion of the regions; “there is a push for their involvement so that they are not excluded from this plan” has observed Zilli, “I am confident that the contours will be defined shortly also regarding the criteria on how the financial resources will be distributed to the individual regions”.
“I don’t ask councillors to propose punctual projects but to provide strategic directions, with a vision that looks to the future,” was the invitation from Regional Council President Piero Mauro Zanin.
“We will not only focus on projects for the Recovery Fund, but we will also look at the resources that will come later at European, national and regional level. Just as our predecessors did in the aftermath of the earthquake, when the Council provided its contribution to the Government in terms of guidance.” Among the suggestions made by the group leaders, was that of identifying the objectives in the form of macro areas, choosing an effective working methodology, reaching a synthesis based on sharing and moving quickly towards a concrete growth opportunity.
Now it will be up to the chairmen of the Commissions, invited by Zanin, to convene their institutions next week to take stock with the councillors of regional planning in the various sectors. The board will be reconvened after Easter for the hearing of parliamentarians and members of the European Parliament from Friuli Venezia Giulia.
“By April 20th,” said the president of the Chamber, “we will have to get a first synthesis of contributions to be proposed to the Council”.