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The eight SEZs – Characteristics and prospects for development

"Abruzzo" SEZ

Abruzzo is endowed with consolidated skilled labour, and efficient and proven logistical synergies. Furthermore, the region is home to the "Gran Sasso Science Institute", one of the main research centres in Europe. The "Abruzzo" SEZ offers wide prospects for development of activities linked to pharmaceuticals, personal care, and ICT, with special focus on the aerospace sector. Other production centres focus on the automotive sector, to a significant extent, as well as leather goods, and the agri-food industry.

Commissioner: Mr. Mauro Miccio (e-mail)

"Adriatica" SEZ (Apulia-Molise)

The prospects of the "Adriatica" SEZ are primarily linked to the growth of induced activities generated by energy production from renewable sources and hydrogen, and more generally by the green economy. Brindisi hub is home to one of the most important coal-fired power stations in Italy, currently being converted. The environmentally sustainable development goal is combined with the lifestyle and attractiveness of Apulia, deemed, by several relevant experts, one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Other productive activities include sectors such as mechatronics, ICT, furniture, textiles, clothing and footwear, metallurgy,  automotive, biotech, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

Commissioner: Mr. Manlio Guadagnuolo

"Ionica" SEZ (Apulia-Basilicata)

The Port of Taranto, with its Duty Free Zone, connections to the logistics platform and Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, is an important logistics hub, with wide development prospects for the cargo sector and goods services. Basilicata is home to the two largest oil extraction plants in Europe, capable of attracting funding and investment for energy conversion and industrial restructuring in a green key. The area furthermore hosts important automotive, bio-economy, cultural and creative industries.

Commissioner: Mrs. Floriana Gallucci

"Campania" SEZ

Two main ports (Naples and Salerno) with significant flows of goods in the container and Ro-Ro sectors. Two large freight villages (Marcianise and Nola) located along TEN-T Corridor 5 (Helsinki-Valletta) and combining rail, road, air and water transport, as well as storage, handling and production of goods. These are the ingredients of an intermodal logistics area, which is an established reality with great potential for development, and hosts growing production activities linked to the circular economy, excellent engineering, shipbuilding and quality agri-food.

Commissioner: Mr. Giuseppe Romano (web; e-mail)

"Calabria" SEZ

The Port of Gioia Tauro is the largest transhipment terminal in the Mediterranean Sea; in 2020 it was ranked eighth among European container ports, outsmarting important competitors. Development opportunities are mainly linked to this asset, involving important engineering multinationals, and good integration with universities and research centres. The territory and climatic conditions also favour the food industry and the exploitation (still at an early stage of expansion) of renewable energy sources.

Commissioner: Mr. Federico Maurizio D'Andrea

"Sicilia Occidentale" SEZ (Western Sicily)

The Ports of Palermo, Termini Imerese, Trapani and Porto Empedocle can be considered Europe's gateway to Africa: the inevitable expansion of logistics links along the Strait of Sicily mainly takes place here. The area furthermore hosts an important biomedical centre, resulting from a public-private partnership with a US research centre: its development could attract further funding and investment, and give rise to new start-ups. Production facilities in the textile, agri-food, plastics, machinery and transport components sectors are also located here.

Commissioner: Mr. Carlo Amenta (e-mail)

"Sicilia Orientale" SEZ (Eastern Sicily)

The area hosts five production centres, whose connection will be guaranteed by infrastructural investments undertaken. In particular, strategic importance can be acknowledged to the "Catania Etna Valley" in the technology sector (microelectronics and nanoelectronics, remote sensing and drive technologies, computing architectures, systems engineering and control technologies, robotics, materials and advanced materials), to the presence of several energy plants (production partly initiated towards the green transition) and the agri-food district, which relies on Italy’s second-largest fruit and vegetable market.

Commissioner: Mr. Alessandro Di Graziano (e-mail)

"Sardegna" SEZ

The area benefiting from incentives stretches along the entire coastal perimeter of Sardinia to encourage further integration and logistical specialisation of the region based on type of goods and transport. The geographical position and entrepreneurial vocation can foster full development of the maritime economy. Eventually, new investments can involve recovery of traditional agri-food productions with high added value processing.

Commissioner: Mr. Aldo Cadau

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