(Adnkronos) – In Emilia-Romagna, the second appointment for Pnrr coordination between the Budget and Economy commissions – chaired respectively by Massimiliano Pompignoli (Lega) and Manuela Rontini (Democratic Party) – on the many projects included in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The hearing was held with the Director General of the Emilia-Romagna Region Francesco Frieri and the experts at the head of the various provincial teams, currently working on the mapping of the various territories in particular with regard to the digitization of the public administration.
“A very important opportunity – specified the coordinator of the commissions on Pnrr issues valentina Castaldini (Forza Italia) – to understand the quality of the projects approved so far, but above all to verify whether we are in the presence of a well-defined planning or a mere run up to the various announcements “. For Castaldini, “today’s appointment must strongly affirm the role of coordination, planning and control that the Region can play, in order to create European planning offices tomorrow to participate in a timely and effective manner in the tenders that will follow the NRP” .
“We tried to understand – explained the general director of the Region Francesco Frieri – the needs and competences of the territories to carry out Mission 1 of the Pnrr in relation to the Territorial Plan of the Region. It is one of the projects financed with the current part and the attention is paid in particular to projects for the environment. In Emilia-Romagna, total contributions of approximately 4 billion euros were assigned, of which 2.5 for interventions already identified and 1.5 for interventions to be identified “.
Marco Scafetta, head of the Piacenza team, reported “the involvement of 52 entities including Municipalities, Provinces and Unions of Municipalities: we have chosen to focus on a strong presence in the territories that have shown a great level of administrative maturity and have understood the importance of the Pnrr. One thing we have seen is the low level of digitization, an area that our team will be working on in the coming months. We have more than 200 million allocated to our territory which we will distribute by municipality ”.
For Paolo Polverosi, coordinator of the Parma team, the response rate of the various local authorities “is in line with the regional one”. The data on arrears is very good, which will have to be further explained for each individual administration. For Polverosi, “in this phase we concentrated on giving precise answers to a very vast territory and with a very varied degree of participation in the various Unions of Municipalities”.
For Dario Deveronico, coordinator of the Reggio Emilia team, “there was a great response from local authorities: we toured 42 Municipalities and 7 Unions of Municipalities. Ours is a province with biodiversity and particular characteristics and there is still a lot to do in terms of digitization. But many projects that have already started can be put into the system and relaunched thanks to our help, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the calls on the digital mission of the PNRR “.
Fausto Braglia, team leader from Modena, illustrated the positive numbers of a territory made up of 47 municipalities and 6 Unions and which gave a more than positive response to the initial requests proposed. Peculiar aspects highlighted in the Modena area “is the support of the single central clients both at the provincial level and the various Unions of Municipalities for the implementation of individual projects”. However, there are still evident differences between the plain and the Apennine territory, “but the desire to create networks and synergies prevails over everything”.
Gianluca Calabretta, of the Bologna team, explained: “The choice to approach the presence on the territory started from the meeting with the 7 Unions to carry out the actions foreseen by our project. The meetings were fruitful and the main mission is digitization as it impacts many processes. From the point of view of general needs, given that in the province of Bologna we go from small municipalities to the capital, we have made a ‘picture’ of the main intervention points based on the characteristics of each local authority ”.
Patrizia Saggini, head of the Ferrara group, underlined the excellent level of hospitality guaranteed by the territory, “so much so that several municipalities did not believe in having experts at their disposal on topics of such great importance”. There is a notable discrepancy in the ability to process aggregate data between the larger and smaller municipalities, which “often not only do not even have well-defined procedures, but not even the staff necessary to provide effective responses in useful times”.
Simone Marino, from the Ravenna team, underlined “the positive response from the municipalities. One of the objectives is to make administrative procedures more efficient to make life easier for citizens, who are the main beneficiaries of the activity of public administrations. Both the Municipalities and the Unions have understood the importance of our work and are responding positively to the calls, in particular on urban regeneration and energy efficiency “.
Simona Boragini, coordinator of the Forlì-Cesena team, underlined the positive response of almost all the local authorities. Also in this case evident differences were recorded between the larger realities and the smaller towns. Then the role of the Province is peculiar “which is trying to play a role of coordination and information on the available sources of funding”.
For Alberto Leoni, of the Rimini team, “the group result produced by the local authorities in the Rimini area was important. The Province has given itself an important role, that is, to become a coordination point for the vast area. We do not want to leave any territory behind, starting with the less structured realities. The work of the Province has led to a good result and on the tenders we have tried to provide support to the territories, from participation to grounding, through technical-administrative support “.
At the end of the hearings, Valentina Castaldini posed “a purely political reflection”. The forceist then posed a very simple question to all the experts who intervened: “if about 15% of the municipalities in your territories have not even answered the questionnaires you submitted, how do you think they will be able to participate in the Pnrr calls?”. For Castaldini it is therefore of fundamental importance that the expertise put in place by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan remain in the territories in the form of planning offices that go beyond the various unions of municipalities to fully participate in the next European calls.
The president of the Economic Policies Commission Manuela Rontini underlined: “The monitoring carried out province by province has been invaluable, especially for the Region which is trying to do everything possible so that the resources are distributed between now and 2026 with projects that make a leap of quality to our territories. We have to work together as we are doing so that the opportunities are known and there is a ground ready and capable of exploiting them “.
At the end of the works, the general manager Frieri clarified that this first phase of work must be completed by June to go to the approval of the Public Function Department and implement digital and organizational improvement processes to be implemented by 2025.