We are pushing for a national rule that would oblige all administrations to use a single access port to public administration services, thus simplifying life for businesses and making administrative information immediately available to everyone. As was done 25 years ago for the filing of company balance sheets.
Today, there is a single national model for filing balance sheets electronically with the Chamber of Commerce, and within an instant, the balance sheets are made available to everyone in a transparent manner.
So much so that we can tell you that the value of production, i.e. the total turnover of the companies in the Castellana area is more than € 10 billion per year, of which € 7.8 billion is produced by the companies that are required to file the balance sheet and the rest is produced by the other companies. More than 3.5 billion invoiced by companies in the municipality of Castelfranco, 800 million by those in Vedelago, 1,100 million by those in Riese Pio X and so on. Do you understand?
These are very important numbers that far exceed the budgets of the municipalities, the province and the chamber of commerce and which we make available free of charge to mayors every three months so that they are aware of the choices they are making for their citizens. There is a free Mayor's Up that we will give to ANCI for the municipalities connected to our databases.
This wealth of information is fundamental for planning and promoting territories, especially abroad.
In the 16 municipalities that make up the Castellana area, from Pieve del Grappa to Resana and Vedelago, more than 15,000 companies and branches operate, providing employment for over 51,000 people.This is an area that has historically had a strong manufacturing vocation: over 40% of employees work in this sector. But beyond the numbers, this means, as you well know, important industries operating in particular in industrial machinery, the first item of provincial exports. In industrial machinery, we are the world leader like few others, together with the Germans and Koreans.
We should also remember that behind every medium-large industrial company there are dozens and dozens of small, highly specialised craft businesses, increasingly involved in the digital technology revolution.
But talking about manufacturing also means talking about the advanced tertiary sector. Those who set the two worlds against each other are wrong. Our entrepreneurial fabric needs local tertiary intelligence. The season of the service sector coming from Milan is long over.
For some time now, with our observatory on Chamber of Commerce data, we have been witnessing an expansion of the tertiary sector, which today in the Castellana area accounts for another 20% of the workforce in the area.
This expansion is supported by design activities, business consultancy, and more recently, as I mentioned, by the challenges imposed by digital transformation and the energy transition.
In this sense, the Castellana area, for the development of tertiary activities, is positively affected by its proximity to Padua as well as Treviso.
No less important in the area are the activities linked to the tourism, catering, trade and leisure sectors. Another 20% of the area's employees work in this sector.
We know very well: unfortunately, this is a supply chain that has suffered greatly from the pandemic. But anyone who studies the evolution of tourism knows that, after Covid, the attractions spread throughout the area have a lot of cards to play compared to the traditional attractors of mass tourism.
We, as the Chamber of Commerce, are already committed to promoting the various themes that can encourage a certain type of tourism in our area. Discovering the art and history of jewels such as Castelfranco and Asolo, exploring food and wine or cycling itineraries, networking the Venetian Villas circuit.
We are coming out of a very hard period, as we all know. The pandemic has marked us as people, as I said. And on the economic front, too, the damage has been enormous.
Just one figure is enough: the province of Treviso, one of the top ten Italian provinces in terms of exports, experienced a drop in foreign sales of -7.3%, corresponding to 1 billion less in sales.
Today, however, the economy is recovering strongly. All the short-term indicators show that our communities are able to start up again. And work is also starting up again: which means income for your children and a future for your grandchildren.
According to the data collected by Veneto Lavoro, between July 2020 and June 2021 the employment balance is at +1,000 in the Castellana area.
Keep in mind that last year the employment balance was zero, supported by the extensive use of social shock absorbers and the ban on dismissals, but still entered negative territory for services.
Today, however, it is important to highlight that this balance of +1000 employees is even higher than that recorded two years ago: and it is supported by both manufacturing and services. Admittedly, the recovery is overheated for some sectors (e.g. the problem of procurement), while for other sectors it is slower.
The fashion system is still suffering from lower sales due to social distancing and remote working, which has drastically reduced the need to renew wardrobes.
The food industry, at least until May, missed out on the entire market share of hotels and restaurants.
Tourism still lacked foreigners, but the good news is that in July, Italian tourist arrivals here in the Castellana exceeded the July 2019 figure (pre-Covid) by +6.8%. The road is uphill, but we have picked up speed.
We are aware of the many uncertainties that loom over the road: progress of the vaccination campaign, variants, rising raw material prices. But we are proving to be strong. The many companies that have focused on innovation and digital technology (partly due to Covid) have quickly regained market positions.
Of course, going back to work, these challenges also require a major investment in people. On the knowledge that people bring.
Seen in this light, a holiday such as today's Loyalty to Work Day is by no means a ritual. Not only is it a festival that exalts the culture of work. Above all, it shows young people the way to build a distinctive knowledge.
That knowledge, which in the faces of all of you award-winners has become a deep light in your eyes, a rich story to tell, in young people must become passion, curiosity, a desire to learn without ever being satisfied.
And if they manage to contaminate the new knowledge, of which young people are certainly the bearers, with the knowledge of the "old man", who only has to look at a piece to understand whether it is well made or not, then the game will be won. And we will still have audiences like this one we are awarding today.
I would like to conclude by saying a few words of greeting to some of the authorities and then move on to the Festival. I'll stop here because we'll thank them at the end.
The Municipality of Castelfranco for making the Academic Theatre available, the service companies that worked to make this day possible, my collaborators at the Chamber of Commerce, the director of the Steffani Conservatory who will accompany us on all these 4 stages of our tour.
The trade associations present in the Chamber Council from:
Coldiretti, Confagricoltura and CIA for the agricultural world
The world of cooperation
The trade union confederations