The Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning (CIPE) has approved the partnership agreement on the scheduling of Structural Funds and the European Investment for 2014-2020: This is the document to be presented in Brussels which is the strategy by which to inscribe the management of European funds entrusted to Italy.
The structural funds is a key issue characterized by many technicalities: first Europe pushes to an elevated organization as calling for a national co-financing and the respect of a cyclic mechanism for managing and monitoring controls that binds concrete actual release of funds (appropriate mechanisms to avoid the waste), secondly Italian directors have not always been proven up to the task, only not being able to interface with the European bureaucracy and lose the funds available.
In March, the EU Commission had raised pads 351 to the Italian text for the expenditure of EU funds 2014-2020 for broadband and digitalization of the AP: not pleased, in particular, the absence of a national direction as well as a general vagueness about motivations, objectives and timing of actions in favor of the development of broadband and the failure to take account of “skills as key skills to improve employment despite their importance in the current economic environment.” This last point seems to have changed in the root: the Document of economics and Finance (DEF) in 2014 presented by the President of the Council of Ministers, Matteo Renzi and the Minister of Economy and Finance, Pier Carlo Padoan includes for the first time a broad reference to broadband and ultra-wideband.
According to what can be read in the program, in particular the intangible infrastructure broadband and especially ultra-wideband must be guaranteed to all citizens, so the public hands, subsidiary intervention in the market, it is essential: of course there is no clear indication of funds provided for this purpose (aside 639 million European structural funds), but that if they already face a wide recognition appears to be a step forward.
Written by Clizia Fiorentini