Europe is trying to perfect the formal steps necessary to arrive at the effective implementation of the Recovery Fund, as many call it. In fact, money to be allocated to member countries to cope with the economic (and social) effects of the pandemic. In truth it is called Next Generation EU, And it is not a case. It must build the future of the new generations.
In the collective narrative the European institutions until recently they were, rightly or wrongly, experienced more as severe controllers which imposed drastic measures of economic rigor. The case of the Greece a few years ago is still in everyone's memory. The mantra of a balanced budget and accounts to be balanced at all costs, cutting expenses. Social services in distress, weaker sections of the population in difficulty.
Today the scenario is completely different. Never before in Europe had there been so many available money. Merit precisely (incredible to say merit, but it is so) of the pandemic. Within days he imposed a 'digital acceleration (smart working, to name one) and a change of approach to economic issues.
Through financing mechanisms on international markets, Europe makes a lot of money available to the Member States, about 750 billion EUR. Leaving aside for a while the usual economic and financial rigor required of them.
But the formal path for all this to happen is neither easy nor short, there are also oppositions and distinctions from various countries to overcome or circumvent. This is money that must be spent following some basic macro guidelines. Priorities on which Member States will have to commit: sustainability, the so-called Green Deal; innovation in digital and telecommunications, training, social resilience.
Europe has identified the areas on which to strengthen itself in the coming years, precisely Next Generation EU. There environmental Protection now an indispensable factor of every activity, the structures and mechanisms to be connected and communicate more and better, education and continuing training as tools to face the growing complexity of the world and keep up with thetechnological evolution and new job opportunities, constant attention to social dynamics for the reduction of inequalities.
The best political, economic and social energies must be involved in designing projects, establishing methods for their effective implementation according to these priorities.
The money is there, but it is therefore conditioned to finance precise development lines. Europe directs the choices and aspires to recover a leading role on the world stage between the two bulky protagonists, the United States and China. It is no coincidence that, for the first time in many years, last November it also approved a new industrial policy which is also intended to indicate the guidelines along which to develop the real economy.
Perhaps a leap of pride from the old continent that has seen more and more space reduced by the two uncomfortable supporting actors and today is trying to catch up, indicating the main road. It will be anything but easy. A gigantic challenge, which cannot have failed, on pain of the high risk of the very idea of Europe falling apart.
In this context theItaly is facing one precious opportunity. Unthinkable until before the pandemic. 209 billion EUR available, even if around 128 billion are loans, without particular immediate constraints, as has always been the case up to now. Of course, authoritative projects coherent with European priorities must be developed. It is necessary to know how to implement them in the right ways and at the right time, spending the funds correctly, and to carefully check their implementation. It is necessary to mobilize skills, intelligence, creativity.
Extremely useful money to relaunch us. There are many commentators who see this as a very tempting opportunity for a new industrial, environmental and digital humanism. A true rebirth of the country, which finally allows to overcome the long cycle of anemic growth and the immense amount of problems, always the same for generations.
A challenge highly demanding, in the face of which the current condition of politics is not a little concerned. But we are facing an epochal crossroads: seize the unrepeatable opportunity or fall back on an irreversible decline. Go back to being protagonists or disappear in the rear.
We can improve really ours identity through what we know how to do. We know how to create, we know how to build, ingenuity and inspiration guide the hand. The artisan shop and the industrial warehouse. Italy that faces and holds up globalization. The quality and sustainability of the products of the earth, creativity, industriousness.
La Tuscany he is certainly not behind anyone on this: he must be able to enhance his own characteristics. We will succeed if we know how to change business culture and open ourselves to others, to collaboration, to teaming up with everyone on a territorial level. By overcoming diffidence, united we can do better and more efficiently.