Giovannini: «I am thinking of Moses, Porto and the return of cruises. The government has Venice in its heart “
Since this government has existed, I have signed decrees for almost a billion euros in favor of Venice: the latest was the one on refreshments for cruises. The attention of the government for Venice it has never been so high and the method we have put in place allows us for the first time, according to the actors themselves Veneziani, a new, collaborative and design-able approach economic and organizational with a medium-term perspective. The Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, Enrico Giovannini, spent the whole day in the lagoon on Friday. In the morning he participated, together with the European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean and his colleagues from Croatia and Slovenia, in the joint declaration between the 5 ports of the Upper Adriatic (Venice, Trieste, Ravenna, Koper and Rijeka) who have decided to collaborate to be more effective in the hunt for European resources. In the afternoon at the presentation of the work of the technical panel on Venice set up by his ministry and led by the head of department Ilaria Bramezza, who collected the requests of the territory in a maxi-document that is worth 6 billion euros between excavations, railway networks, rise of the city against the high water, conclusion of the Mose and so on.
Minister, the local authorities also said they were satisfied with the results of the table …
The technical group presented the work of almost 4 months, which finally gave organicity and systematicity to the many problems of the lagoon, the Port, the Mose. For example, all the technical, organizational and economic aspects have been highlighted to ensure that the use of the Mose agrees to the port a development perspective.
Defense of the city and port facilities collide: those who would like to close the Mose more, or less, have experimented with differentiated openings to allow ships to pass. Come fare?
Excuse me, how many Moses are there in the world? It was predictable, the management of the system requires a continuous process of experimentation and learning. The important news is that since August all the parties involved have been working together not only to understand well how to inform ships and manage their traffic, but also to think about the next steps. We finally have one roadmap for the next few years: excavations, innovative systems, digital information, new procedures. The mayor of Venice also appreciated the work done, which addresses the criticisms reported in a systemic perspective.
She arrived on Friday morning and the Moses was up. Weren’t you also afraid that the long stop on construction sites would jeopardize their functioning?
The debate on Mose must be based on facts and strategies must be faced and overcome. I’ll give you an example. Was there fear of the deterioration of some parts of the Mose and of the cables? We called Europe’s leading corrosion expert, who did a technical analysis and reassured us. Certainly such a complex work must be maintained and for this reason there are plans and financing to be guaranteed over time. It is important that Venice was saved from high water 20 times last year and 9 this year and that the Mose, which according to some had never worked, is not only effective, but also manageable in a way that is compatible with other needs. of the lagoon.
Remains the worry of the Basilica of San Marco: the work on the glass barrier to protect it is stopped because the State Accounting Office does not accept the surety of the companies. How to overcome the impasse?
The technicians are working carefully to overcome the difficulties. It was essential to be able to finance the work and we did. We managed to solve the problems with the Venezia Nuova Consortium with the companies that rightly claimed and payments and prospects. We have decided to mobilize large ships from the Giudecca Canal, giving a different vision to the sustainable future of the city, offsetting the economic losses of businesses and workers. If you put together what has happened in these 10 months, I believe that a lot of attention has been paid to Venice, not theoretical, but practical. For this the technical table will continue to work to identify problems and solve solutions.
Cruise workers, however, are angry. What would that mean to them?
Do you think we made that decision without imagining the consequences and subsequent developments? We knew that the choice determined certain reactions, but solutions were found by choosing other places such as Ravenna, Monfalcone or Trieste in the short term
Venetian workers would like to see the cruises return to Venice …
The government’s plan envisages restarting cruise activities in Venice, otherwise it would have said “it will close and we are sorry”: for this reason we have found temporary and a medium-long term perspective still being studied. But also of the natural, cultural and artistic heritage of a unique city in the world and its lagoon.
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