I’ll tell you something about the Cnel

I'll tell you something about the Cnel

Stefano Biasioli's post

In this period of Covid 1 and "almost" Covid 2, the government has summoned dozens of experts, it has even done 2 weeks of "study in the villa" to try to gather ideas on the general situation in Italy, almost at the end of the pandemic.

The "wise men" produced hundreds of pages of proposals (think of those of the Colao Commission), all thrown in the bin.

Last week, Conte showed up in Europe with his hat in his hand, asking for money but without a written sheet of paper.

A summary sheet to explain to the "European members", especially the "bad" ones of Northern Europe, what those money would have been used for: hypotheses of concrete and non-tip projects and lack of welfare.

Now the EU has given Conte the "homework": it will have to present itself, by September, with concrete and detailed projects. Not only generic titles, but analytical details on projects, sub-projects, implementation times, names of those responsible for the projects themselves.

If it does not, European money will not arrive, both "given" and "loaned", to be returned little by little. In how many years? 10-20-30? Until 2058?

Not only that, but – granted a few million euros in advance (10 by December?) – the other millions of euros will be unstitched a little at a time, after European checks, apparently entrusted to the "hostile subjects of the North", present in the technical commission and in the EU Council, with "heavy" votes within European structures (albeit marginal in the European Parliament).

Now, Conte wants to launch yet another commission, to elaborate the Italian proposals, a commission made perhaps of a mix of politicians and technicians, or perhaps of a mix between majority and opposition. Who knows.

Days go by and, as usual, time is wasted.

Fortunately … Fortunately that, in this lazy and loose Italy today, someone has already done some of the work.

It is the Cnel, the reviled Cnel, the body in which all the important social parts of this country are present. Confindustria, major (triple) and minor unions, managers and employees of the PA, professionals from various backgrounds.

Cnel, an organization in which both the social partners and specific technical skills are present.

Well, in these "strange months" of 2020, the CNEL has worked, developing a series of technical documents, part of which President Treu presented on Monday in the hearing in the Chambers.

In short, these are concrete proposals regarding simplifications, development and welfare.

The simplification document (partially written before the government decree) was recently updated, precisely in light of the decree itself. It is about a hundred facades, a real plan for Italy in the EU, with specific ideas and projects and with an analytical comparison between the Italian Pnr and that of the main European countries.

A second document from the CNEL concerns local finance, which was put in crisis by the pandemic. 4 the strands analyzed: automatic stabilizers, the analytical collapse of revenues, the role of the political decision maker, the differences between urban and tourist realities. The municipal distress (about 3 billion) will affect at least 400 municipal entities, with a marked reduction in services to citizens. Within the document, there are three possible scenarios: the worst, the best, the medium (realistic).

A third document concerns observations and proposals on energy and climate. A topic of great interest for the EU. A Cnel commission has, in recent months, contacted and heard all the major players in the sector, with specific hearings.

One thing is certain: in 2030 the percentage of "classic" fuels in use will still be high. According to what was said on Wednesday at the Cnel (Cnel assembly, via Zoom), the Mef asked Cnel to further elaborate detailed proposals on alternative energies. Not only batteries, but also hydrogen and water sources.

A fourth document concerns simplifications.

It starts from the decree law 76/2020, integrating a previous Cnel document, already approved by the Cnel assembly and specifying the parts of the decree on which the Cnel agrees or disagrees. The basic problem remains the same: the public administration must speak at all levels, for the written rules to become effective in practice.

Whether it's one-stop shops, PA registries and health registries, it's about reviewing procedures … so that reforms don't stay on paper (how many times has this happened?), Sharing, training, conviction are needed. Information should be disseminated, as well as progress made, step by step.

The Cnel believes that the problem should be addressed in 4 sections / themes: needs of the PA and current resources (men and means); interventions to be done shortly (infrastructure activation); digitalization (critical point); review of the "current processes", ie the procedures in place in the PA

But … there is a but, as big as a house. Decree 76/2020 is the fourth simplification decree in twenty years! That is, it is easy to write things down, but it is difficult to go from writing to facts!

Finally, the Cnel is preparing a document on the prospects of tourism, in Italy and in the world, with analytical tables and with projects that use part of the resources of the Recovery Fund , for Italy.

In short, the Cnel works, with concrete texts and proposals, elaborated jointly by the social partners and by the technicians of the various sectors.

Will Conte & co want to use these texts? Will they understand that Cnel is an important arm of the state, as long as you want to use it concretely, avoiding unnecessary "traffic jams of random and unstructured task forces"?

Ah, know it!

Alea Jacta est!

Stefano Biasioli
Retired primary physician
Retired medical trade unionist.
Councilor Cnel


This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/mondo/vi-raccontiamo-qualcosa-sul-cnel/ on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 05:40:51 +0000.