The 8 main works to be done for the entrepreneurial system in Veneto

Second edition of the national Chamber Roadshow on infrastructure issues kicks off: 1st stop in Verona

Promo - published on 04 March 2024

Fonte: ufficio stampa Unioncamere Veneto


Verona, 26 February 2024
Companies and trade associations in Veneto Region have identified 8 urgent works for the competitiveness of the regional entrepreneurial system. These were presented in the new edition of the “White Paper on the infrastructural priorities of the Veneto Region” indexed in a sort of semaphore with respect to the expected time of realisation the strengthening of the Venice port and airport node with a central role in the Port of Venice-Rodigino FZ (the only one in Northern Italy); the decongestion of the road network in the lower Veneto region (SR10, SS309, accessibility to the south of the Verona urban node); finally, 3 priorities are related to the region’s outlets to the north and have a high criticality due to disputes with the territories bordering the Veneto region, accessibility to the Brenner Pass, extension of the A31 (Brescia-Verona-Vicenza-Padua), extension of the A27 (Venice-Belluno).

The 8 urgent priorities for the Veneto economic system:

Source: Uniontrasporti/Unioncamere del Veneto

In the national context, the region proves to be a resilient territory, capable of making the most of its strengths: in 2022 it will be confirmed as third in Italy in terms of wealth produced, with GDP growing by +8.4% compared to 2019 and an important contribution from exports (45.5%), which grew by +26.2% compared to 2019, mainly by road.
Among the strengths, the strategic geographic position, at the crossroads of central multimodal nodes of the trans-European transport network (interports, airports, ports) and guarding the Baltic-Adriatic, Mediterranean and Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridors, plays a favourable role.

The national survey on logistics and infrastructure needs highlights a positive perception of Veneto companies with respect to the current regional infrastructure structure.

A new element in this edition of the White Paper are the territorial performance indicators (KPIs), broken down with respect to transport and logistics infrastructures, digital and energy infrastructures, which quantify the gap between each provincial territory and the national average.
The KPIs confirm the excellence of the Veneto Region’s transport system with a leading role in the context of the North-East and national macro-areas, especially with respect to the logistics sector, where four provincial territories fall in the top ten nationally (Padua, Verona, Rovigo, Venice), and to the orientation towards the green and digital transition.
The high infrastructural gap in the Belluno area remains, an area strongly affected by orography and distance from the main multimodal nodes and traffic backbones. In view of the 2026 Winter Olympics, it is desirable that this territory accelerate a series of infrastructural interventions.

This was discussed today at the Verona Chamber of Commerce during the event ‘The infrastructural priorities of the economic world for a more competitive Veneto’, organised by Unioncamere Veneto ( the Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce in Veneto Region) with the technical support of Uniontrasporti (the Chambers’ society for Transport, Logistics, Infrastructure)

The initiative is part of a national ‘Chamber Roadshow’ on infrastructure issues involving the 19 regional territories participating in the Infrastructure Programme promoted by the Italian Unioncamere through the 2021-2022 Equalisation Fund.

The White Paper is a tool available to the government, the Veneto Region, political decision-makers, and the chamber of commerce and entrepreneurial system to plan public works, especially in the most critical areas, –  comments Valentina Montesarchio, Operations Director of Unioncamere Veneto.
On the basis of this vision, our entrepreneurs expect to be actively involved in the decision-making process and are asking for targeted and strategic investments in key infrastructure projects, with a focus on the specific needs of the Veneto production sector, fast implementation times, sustainability and innovation.

Antonello Fontanili, Director of Uniontrasporti: The aim of the Infrastructure Programme is to consolidate the relationship between Unioncamere del Veneto and the Veneto Region through mutual cooperation. The resources of the Programme are a fundamental tool for developing analyses and projects aimed at completing the cognitive framework on the needs of the entrepreneurial system in terms of infrastructure and innovation to enable companies to maintain an adequate level of competitiveness on national and international markets.
As emerges from our analysis of KPIs, Veneto from the logistics and transport point of view records a performance 30% higher than the national average. In particular, in the logistics sector Padua and Verona occupy the first two positions at national level, while Venice is in the top 10 positions in all five transport infrastructure categories. The territorial KPIs take into account not only the endowment but also the usability and efficiency of infrastructures in relation to the socio-economic and orographic context in which they are located. These factors have more or less important repercussions on the attractiveness of an area, the quality of life and the dynamics affecting the path towards sustainable development. Also in today’s debate we discussed a strategic issue, the centrality of the Brenner Pass in the accessibility of northern markets and on which there are considerable traffic problems due to the restrictions imposed by Tyrol. An issue to which the Chamber system has been committed for several years now.

The Chamber of Commerce of Verona ,-  says the Chamber President Giuseppe Riello, – is committed to promoting the development of efficient and modern logistics and mobility infrastructure. The priorities are the strengthening of the intermodal system, the completion of the Verona Node, and the improvement of local mobility. Finally, it is essential to invest in digitalisation for the implementation of intelligent traffic management and logistics systems.

After introductory greetings by the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Verona, Giuseppe Riello, the Director of Uniontrasporti, Antonello Fontanili, and Roberta Delpiano, Uniontrasporti Project Manager, presented the new edition of the Infrastructure Programme, which led to the update of the White Paper on Veneto’s infrastructure priorities. Valentina Montesarchio, Operations Director of Unioncamere del Veneto, brought the vision and expectations of the Veneto entrepreneurial system. Marco d’Elia, Director of the Infrastructure and Transport Directorate of the Veneto Region, on the other hand, illustrated the progress report on the Regional Transport Plan and the subsequent sector plans being implemented. Andrea Prando Vice President of the Consorzio ZAI, Franco Pasqualetti President of Padua Freight Village, Fulvio Lino Di Blasio President of the Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority, Alessandro Peron Secretary General of FIAP, Diego Cattoni Managing Director of the Brenner Motorway, and Olimpia Di Naro Head of Development and Infrastructure for the North East of Italy’s RFI Area, took part in the round table on ‘Accessibility to national and international markets: prospects, critical issues and proposals’, moderated by journalist Morena Pivetti.

Elisa De Berti, Vice President of the Veneto Region and Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, concluded the proceedings: This was a valuable opportunity for the chamber of commerce system, the business world, and institutions to exchange views on the subject of infrastructure and transport for a shared vision capable of responding to the needs of the Veneto economic system and contributing to the infrastructural development of the territory. I would like to thank Unioncamere del Veneto for organising this important focus on the coherence of infrastructure priorities in relation to the Regional Transport Plan. The experience gained with the Plan and with the implementation tools shows how networking is now essential to successfully face the challenges of the future.

Translated by Cecilia Flaccavento
Intern at the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites

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