Sangalli: “Italy needs a lasting strategy in favour of intermodality, from the motorways of the sea to combined rail, together with a process of renewal of the circulating fleet, starting with ships and ferries”.
A delegation of Assarmatori, led by President Stefano Messina who is also Conftrasporto Vice-President, took part in the 2021 Confcommercio Assembly, which has been opened with a greeting from the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and has ended with a speech by the Minister for Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti.
In his introductory speech, Confcommercio President Carlo Sangalli stressed that this year’s Assembly edition is ‘different’ in terms of its formula and historical context. It is “the Assembly of companies that have been hit more harshly by the crisis”, companies that have nevertheless “reacted in an extraordinary way”. Now it is time to “rebuild the future”, starting from Europe, which “needs new rules in order to make more effective and transparent not only the merit but also the method: starting – said Sangalli – from the mechanisms to strengthen democracy and closeness to citizens, through the full participation of social partners”. The relaunch plan has been a good idea, with “huge resources that must be spent correctly and in a very short time”, but “we must immediately think about how to convert it into a European structural instrument” – Sangalli added.
Moreover, with respect to the strategic theme of transport, Sangalli said that Italy needs “a lasting strategy in favour of intermodality, from the motorways of the sea to combined rail transport, together with a process of renewal of the circulating fleet, starting with ships and ferries”. There is also the need of an “environmental sustainability that is also social and economic” and a need of ” energy costs reduction by enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to invest so that to take part in the digital revolution”. In conclusion, Sangalli highlighted the necessity of having “financing guaranteed by the Central Fund, the extension of the moratorium on bank loans and the strengthening of the credit consortium system”.