Source: Unioncamere del Veneto press office
Regional Councillor Manuela Lanzarin: the first step in the reform of a sector that plays a fundamental role for institutions and communities.
President Mario Pozza: a tool that is the result of collaboration between institutions, which enables important results to be achieved thanks also to Infocamere’s know-how.
Venice, 22 November 2021 – The third sector represents a fundamental asset for the Veneto region and makes us a reference point and model at national level not only for the social value of these
realities, but also for the role it plays in the economy of the territory. For these reasons, Unioncamere Veneto has organised a webinar to present “The launch of the single national
register of the third sector” set up at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies thanks to the collaboration between the Regions and the Chamber system, which will be operational from
tomorrow Tuesday 23 November.
The project of the single national register of the third sector, encapsulated in the acronym RUNTS, is an example of the ability of institutions to work as a team through a collaboration that,
by enhancing the skills of each, can give important results. It is an instrument able to offer a response to the approximately 30,000 non-profit organisations present in Veneto, according to
the latest ISTAT data dating back to 2015. A number that places us third region in Italy for number of nonprofit entities, after Lombardy and Lazio. According to Istat data, these 30,000
organisations are surrounded by 100,000 workers and over 500,000 volunteers. For the number of volunteers, Veneto ranks second among the regions in Italy.
The single national register of the third sector will be operational from tomorrow 23 November. Four years after the approval of the Third Sector Code, it represents one of the most
important steps towards the completion of the reform. It is, in fact, an electronic registration system, standardised throughout the country, which allows non-profit organisations, which until now
were not included in any of the existing registers (ODV, Aps, Onlus), to obtain the qualification of being recognised as “third sector organisations”; non-profit organisations that organise
themselves in order to pursue the common good and raise the levels of active citizenship, cohesion and social protection.
The Regional Councillor for Health, Social Services and Socio-Health Planning, Manuela Lanzarin, opened the meeting as follows: We are on the eve of an important date for the third
sector, which is at the centre of a major reform of which the launch of the single register is the first step. The launch of the single register is the first step in this reform. This tool allows
us to have a single database and highlights the value of these entities for local authorities at all levels. This is undoubtedly a revolution that is trying to bring order to this sector and aims
to establish a more effective dialogue between the profit and non-profit sectors, in the knowledge that the third sector is a fundamental component of our communities, as demonstrated by its
fundamental role in pandemic management in support of the population.
This was followed by greetings from the President of Unioncamere Veneto and the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno, Mario Pozza: the platform created by Unioncamere Nazionale and
InfoCamere is an important tool for the third sector and is a concrete example of collaboration between institutions that can give important results. As with businesses, the register provides a
constantly updated snapshot of those operating in this sector, thus offering support to the planning of local authorities. The data tell us that the third sector is of fundamental importance, not
only because it is the connective tissue of our communities – as we have all experienced, particularly over the last 20 months of the health emergency – but also because it is capable of creating
employment and an economy in our areas.
Subsequently, the objectives, bureaucratic issues, procedures and future developments of the single national register of the third sector were illustrated in detail through the interventions of
Maria Carla Midena and Monica Mason of the Veneto Region. The potential of this institutional collaboration was illustrated by Claudio Gagliardi (Deputy Secretary General of
Unioncamere Nazionale) and Paolo Ghezzi (General Manager of Infocamere Scpa), while Francoise Tiziana Lombardi (RUNTS Project Manager of Infocamere Scpa) went into more detail on the
technical aspects and processes of the technological apparatus.
The final part of the webinar, moderated by Romano Tiozzo (Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno), gave voice to the non-profit actors with the interventions of
Alberto Franceschini (President Centro Servizi per il Volontariato di Belluno Treviso), Marco Ferrero (Spokesperson Forum Terzo Settore Veneto) and Adriano Bordignon
(President of the Forum delle Associazioni familiari del Veneto).
The latter, in particular, underlined that – there are more than 177 thousand potential entities that could decide to enter the RUNTS and about 270 thousand entities qualifying as Third Sector
entities. Approximately 90,000 will enter the Register in the first months after its launch. These are important numbers that affect, not marginally, the civil, social and economic life of our
country. A precious heritage of social capital that offers generativity and resilience to the whole Italian system. Now, in the next period, it is a question of accompanying all the small
entities in making the appropriate decisions for the present and future of their members and the communities in which they intervene, also taking into account the complex period that the
associations have been going through since the beginning of Covid.