Appointments, one name is not worth the other: the stakes with the Pnrr

A substantial portion of the Plan depends on the top management of Eni, Enel, Terna, Leonardo, Poste and Fs

the preceding period the names of the subsidiaries it is made up of names that jump from one box to another. As if one were as good as the other and as if the balance to be achieved within the government majority were the only criterion that counts. It’s always been like this and even this tour hasn’t escaped the usual swirl of indiscretions, often, inevitably, hearsay. An exercise of power, even before the selection of the best managers available.

The problem is not so much the journalistic exercise, because any toto-nomi bears a wide margin of approximation, but the method by which one tries to arrive at a solution. We proceed by quotas, distributing the seats according to the strength of one party or the other, however arbitrarily attributing shirts and affiliations. When continuity is invoked, or on the contrary when discontinuity is requested, and it is done in an instrumental way, the risk is to forget the factor that should inspire the choices.

We need capable CEOs and presidents, even more so today. To the six large public subsidiaries, Eni, Enel, Terna, Leonardo, Poste and Fsa substantial part of the implementation of the Pnrr is due. The possibility of using European resources to truly modernize the country passes through them, even before a public structure that continues to pay for a now stratified deficit of administrative skills and capacities. Energy transition and digital transition, together with mobility and strategic investments, are both the end and the means on which the European Recovery Fund was built and, in cascading, the national Recovery plans.

It’s a complicated machine, which has been laboriously in motion for months now. Accelerating or braking, definitively changing gears or accumulating further delay also depends on the ability of these managers to manage and direct the transformation that is required.

The hour of the decision for the appointments is striking. It is presumable that there are some confirmations, some shifts, and few new entries for the top positions of these six companies. These will be appointments that will reflect the checks and balances in the majority, together with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s ability to impose her own synthesis. What is essential, for everyone, is that an efficient top management structure is ensured for all six companies for the next three years. Because more than looking at the alleged belonging of managers to one faction rather than another, it is crucial that no time is wasted and that the best skills available are put at the service of the country, the Pnrr and the projects they serve . (Of Fabio Insenga)