“Last year the Veneto economic system, despite the difficulties, reacted well: the figures on an annual basis indicate an increase in jobs over the twelve months. The data on employment confirm the indications on annual GDP growth which, according to Prometeia estimates, was 2022 percent in 4,2. Really important numbers that say a lot about how Veneto and the Venetians have been able to roll up their sleeves and start again, grinding road and results”. The president of Veneto Luca Zaia thus comments in an interview with "Mf" on the trend of the regional economy and looks to 2023 with optimism, thanks to the recovery of tourism and the stability of manufacturing. The president observes that "there were signs of a slowdown during the autumn on which the regional technical structures were immediately activated, but there is also evidence of some sectors showing a good recovery, tourism and industry which make us take a breath until in December, at least”. The change in the international situation in the last year justifies a realignment of the investment objectives of the Pnrr funds: “I also said this to the Assembly of Regions in Brussels: I find it embarrassing, and I imagine that others share this sentiment, looking at the tenders allocate the figure of over 20 million euros to the villages. At the national level we have other priorities. We are certainly happy to dedicate ourselves to our reference village, but, in such a moment, we are still of the idea of investing in gilding for the guardrails”.
“Today – continues the governor – we have an employment problem, the open question of the digital divide, other problems that perhaps were not in the top positions when the treaty was negotiated at the time. Not to mention the economic crisis, caused in many ways by the increase in the cost of raw materials and energy costs, which weigh on companies with repercussions on the GDP”. As for Veneto, “this region has 180 billion GDP a year, it is confirmed as the second largest in Italy but we are deeply concerned. The 230 billion of the Pnrr are a great opportunity, perhaps the last train that passes but the situation has changed and it is advisable to be able to renegotiate the treaty in a more appropriate way”, concluded Zaia.