Minister Carfagna’s meeting with SEZ Commissioners

20 January 2022

On Wednesday 19 January, Minister Carfagna met all the Commissioners in charge of SEZs, both the ones formally appointed and those so far nominated. Held partly in person and partly remotely, the meeting was aimed at launching the coordination of the activities entrusted to the eight Commissioners supported by the structures of the Minister for Southern Italy and Territorial Cohesion, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility (MIMS), and the Territorial Cohesion Agency.

"I convened this meeting to launch a working method that I consider indispensable in order to secure the success of the 'SEZs programme' by sharing experiences, critical issues and solutions," Minister Carfagna explained. “I view the SEZs located in Southern Italy not as eight citadels enclosed within their own walls, rather as the eight components of a consolidated joint process that must attract investments, enterprises, work and prosperity by 2026 to build a new destiny for Southern Italy – a major logistics platform at the heart of trade and relations in the Mediterranean.”

The Commissioners appreciated Minister Carfagna’s attention to Southern Italy’s development opportunities resulting from the SEZs, and valued the meeting as an essential occasion for discussion to be replicated in the future.

The Government representatives assured their support for the Commissioners’ action and set out a number of operational lines underway.

Financial solutions are being studied to project-design the works to be implemented and enable for immediate use of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan funds to put in place the investments envisaged. As for the simplifications and incentives introduced by the reform included in the 'Governance and Simplification' decree, their practical application will be ascertained so as to intervene, whereby necessary, to enhance their effectiveness. Eventually, an international promotional campaign on the SEZs was announced; it will be carried out both through information material and an agenda of international meetings.

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