It has changed its name, from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport to the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility, but the department headed by the new Minister Enrico Giovannini is facing a scenario that has been the same for decades. Construction sites that are constantly blocked, highways that work badly, equipment afflicted by an endless bureaucracy and incapable of the fateful “change of pace” now promised by the Draghi government. The Italian deficits in the item large infrastructures concern tragic events, such as the collapse of the Morandi bridge, a symbol of bad management by now atavistic and which too many times has resulted in scandals and serious dangers for the safety of citizens. But in Italy, it is not only the existing works, old and neglected, that have a bad time.
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Even those who were never born, he points out Daily fact on newsstands today, they tell of a country that is unable to unburocratize and oil its gears. A concept sublimated by the bridge over the Strait of Messina, a work blocked eight years ago because it was considered a useless waste of money. Yet it continues to be talked about. And more or less everyone, among the front lines of our political team, has had their say and changed their mind more or less suddenly. In 2012 Matteo Renzi said that the 9 billion needed to build the bridge it would have been better to allocate them to the restructuring of schools. Now, however, he claims that “The bridge will cost our children more not to do it than to do it”. Five years ago Salvini was worried that there were no trains to reach him: today he has no doubts that to give Ilva work the only solution is to start with the works for the bridge over the strait.
At the end of last year, however, the debate on what is best to do between a bridge, an underwater tunnel or sub-riverbed. Question raised, after half a century of back and forth and fancy flights, by former minister Paola De Micheli, who relied on the opinion of a commission of experts. So many words, zero facts. What if Saipem’s CEO, Stefano Cao, is hoping for the submarine tunnel (“It is the synthesis of all our technologies: we believe in this project”), what exactly is going through Giovannini’s mind no one knows yet. In a recent interview on The print, the new minister limited himself to saying that the project is not part of the Recovery Plan.
(On the cover, an image of the Torre Faro demonstration in which the Lega Giovani reiterated its yes to the Bridge on the Strait. Photo: Gazzetta del Sud)