Italian Minister for European Affairs, the South, Cohesion Policies, and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), Raffaele Fitto, emphasized the need for a common strategic plan that positions the South of Italy as a special economic zone within Europe. During a meeting with President Renato Schifani at the Sicilian Regional Government, they discussed the verification, adjustment, and modification phase of the PNRR, particularly in relation to regional issues and the use of the Cohesion Fund. Fitto stressed the importance of a unified strategy and proposed a reversal of the method to reach an agreement on interventions and a precise timeline. He expressed concerns about the country’s spending during the 2014-2020 period and emphasized the need for an effective strategy to avoid losing any funds. Fitto and President Schifani agreed to extend the agreement reached with Liguria to other Italian regions, including Sicily. They also emphasized the simplification and facilitation potential of the Southern Decree, which reorganizes the allocation of resources from the Development and Cohesion Fund and establishes a single special economic zone in the entire southern Italy. Fitto highlighted the need to address the spending problem after Italy only spent 34% of the allocated funds in the 2014-2020 period. Finally, Fitto’s presence at the meeting provided reassurance and guidance for the Sicilian Regional Government’s request for advice and support.
Il ministro Fitto a Palermo: «Il Sud come unica Zona economica speciale»