Dienstag, 13.04.2021 19:33 Uhr

Far-reaching implications of the pandemic in Italy

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 15.02.2021, 18:09 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] It is difficult to capture the far-reaching implications of the pandemic for the way people live and work across Italy. The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is having a profound impact with widespread implications for social cohesion. Particular sectors have seen massive job losses, workers have faced reduced working hours or have been furloughed, others have faced redundancies, while still more

have continued to carry out essential work in difficult circumstances. To mitigate the impact of the pandemic, the european Union has introduced a range of measures. Furthermore, there has been a huge increase in the take-up of telework and other e-services. But almost one year on, as the situation escalates gravely again, Italy is still experiencing restrictions on people, schools, businesses and travel, albeit with a glimmer of hope as vaccine rollout programmes are underway. At this juncture, however, it remains impossible to predict the long-term impact of this crisis on citizens and their families .

In Italy, never as at this moment there is the necessity for a stable, credible and authoritative government. In a dramatic situation, comparable to the immediate postwar period, the government in the coming weeks has to maintain strict vigilance on the containment of infections and ensure an adequate number of vaccinations as quickly as possible. But above all it has to define and launch a national reconstruction plan, which will allow Italy to access the funds of the Next Generation EU.

The accuracy of this plan remains the main test of the country's ability to overcome the crisis, to abandon the logic of subsidies and bonuses (which have also proved necessary to cushion the social impact of the pandemic), to plan the future based on a strategic vision, and knowing how to spend European funds generously made available for Italy. The National Recovery and Resilience Plan seems to be ready. But there are many projects to be implemented and resources to be spent in a short time. The main problem is to find the right governance in order to avoid the risks of possible political lack of consensus in society.

Till today a multitude of unqualified high executives politically appointed during the years created a stifling red tape which has prevented Italy from gaining access to funding for projects relating to employment, social affairs and social inclusion. Italy used only a small part of the European Structural Investment Funds and mostly squandered EU aid. The public administration in Italy rarely has the right man at the right place.The financing of social and territorial cohesion across Italy could be another difficult task because of the phantom all over the country of organized crime which could try to get the EU funds without the allocation in a just way.

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