De Luca: “100 million euros for berths and ports in Campania”

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From right, Vincenzo De Luca, Campania region president, and Gennaro Amato, Afina president, at NauticSud 2024

“100 million of the cohesion and development funds will go to recreational boating ports and docks.” Vincenzo de Luca, president of the Campania region, said this at the ongoing Nauticsud in Naples during the Afina conference.

A promise almost as important as the need that drives it. The shipbuilding industry, so crucial to Italy, has precisely in the issue of ports and berths a central obstacle. Therefore, money is needed to invest in infrastructure and get the whole production chain moving accordingly. But is this money there?

Yes and no. The government has so far stalled in releasing the 6 billion in cohesion and development funds for Campania (plus 1.3 billion for complementary programming), but now something seems to be moving.

If the funds arrived, in fact all those projects could be activated since, says De Luca: “[…] lhe shipbuilding industry is an asset of our region, and so is the entire supply chain behind it, in terms of economy and jobs. Therefore, 100 million euros, of the indicated funds, will be earmarked for investments in port areas and improvements to recreational boating berths“.

Ports and PNRR, the case of Campania

The situation in Campania has long been particularly complex from an infrastructural point of view as far as boating is concerned. Given the importance of nautical production, precisely because of that great passion that characterizes boating, President De Luca pointed out that: “Today there is an interesting situation that can enable action by all political, private, business and lending institution forces to achieve worthwhile goals that will allow the boating industry to complete the improvement projects that I have already put in place in 2018 and that need to be finished and implemented in new facilities“.

 

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