Simplification Decree, 130 works including roads and highways

Combat Italy’s slow bureaucracy. This is the goal of Simplification Decree, who wants to transform bureaucratic procedures “from a tortuous path to a fast-flowing road”.

In particular, the revitalization plan “Italy Fast“approved by the Council of Ministers provides 130 works suggested directly by MIT, the Ministry of Transport, for a total of almost 200 billion euros invested. All this to give impetus to the Italian recovery, after the crisis due to the Coronavirus.

Start or resume work

The Italia Veloce plan has a fundamental objective: reduce the inequality of infrastructures between north and south, and make the companies of the Bel Paese in Europe more competitive.

Are provided 130 works between railways, ports and roads, including “historic” infrastructures blocked for bureaucratic and legal reasons for years now. To list a few:

  • Salerno-Reggio Calabria
  • Palermo-Catania-Messina
  • Pescara-Roma
  • Pescara-Bari
  • Genoa-Ventimiglia
  • Venice-Trieste
  • The eaves
  • The 106 Ionica
  • Salaria expansion
  • Extension of the Pontina

To these works are added, citing the premier Giuseppe Conte, “the works for Cortina and those of other ministries: health, hydrogeological instability, schools, barracks, prisons and police”.

Faster tenders and without commissioners

One of the most salient points of the new Decree is the regulation of contracts, made easier and faster. For example, up to 150,000 euros there will be no tenders – so far the limit was 40,000 euros – and the works will be entrusted directly to the companies.

And again, all contracting stations have now regulatory powerstherefore it is no longer necessary to appoint a commissioner to speed up the procedure.

Having said that, in case of complex situations, it remains possible to rely on a commissioner, but the premier stresses that everything will follow determined and rigid rules in the wake of what has been done for the Expo and the Ponte Morandi.

In addition, the premier says that “from now on the works and construction sites will not stop”: in essence, for urgent interventions the contracting stations will have theobligation to proceed and enter into the contract even in the presence of litigation.

And finally, in addition to the new state fund destined to complete the works, there will be a technical college to prevent and solve any problems during the work phases, often due to slowdowns and blockages in the works.