Draghi: “Everyone agrees on essential challenges for Italy”

The premier: “Ready to intervene again on rising bills, help weaker groups”

“The ecological transition has existential importance for us as individuals and for us as Italy. It is very important that, for essential challenges for Italy and the future, everyone finds a way to get along“This was stated by Prime Minister Mario Draghi, speaking at the event ‘Work and Energy for a sustainable transition’, during which he also explained that the government “is ready to intervene again” to stem the expensive bills.

In the challenge of the ecological transition we must be “open to everything, imagine what is impossible today becomes possible tomorrow: the panorama of global innovations that are completed in every moment in the world is extraordinary, there are no boundaries to our ability to face this challenge that is existential, however, we must continue to work together“said Draghi.

“A good system of industrial relations is essential to promote truly equitable and sustainable growth. There is a need for constant cooperation between industry, institutions and trade unions – underlined the Prime Minister – This confrontation must extend to the world of school, university and training. To help the workers of today and those of tomorrow “.

“Today’s manifesto – acknowledged Draghi – is an excellent example of how to manage this collaboration. You have spoken in a frank, pragmatic, inclusive way. You have enhanced the work of universities and research institutions, which are engines of development and innovation”.

The ecological transition presents not only dangers, but also opportunities – he pointed out again – and Italy must equip itself to seize them. We must aim to enter the most innovative segments of the market, such as the production of batteries. Create new ones, in response to the needs that will emerge from businesses and consumers. Develop and adopt cutting-edge technologies, not yet fully exploited. The state must ensure that the risks of transition are transformed into opportunities for growth “.

“In the energy sector, many of the most promising technologies have high fixed costs, and require substantial investments in research and development or infrastructure – the Prime Minister observed – The public sector must contribute to these expenses, which cannot be covered. only from companies. We must invest in training, to ensure greater mobility for workers. And support young people entering the labor market, so that they develop the right skills. The NRP intervenes on all these aspects “.

“We are expanding our renewable energy production capacity, from agro-voltaic to biomethane. We are allocating more than three and a half billion to the hydrogen supply chain, in which we are also investing at European level. We are improving links between universities and businesses, we support. innovative start-ups, we promote partnerships between research institutions and companies. We strengthen the system of Higher Technical Institutes and strengthen the skills in technical-scientific subjects of girls and boys “, the premier’s words.

The fight against climate change is – together with the fight against the pandemic – the most important challenge of our times – then underlined Draghi – It is for those who govern, for those who work, for those who do business. The ecological transition will require radical transformations, in technologies, in production processes, in consumption habits. To be successful, it must be sustainable not only from an environmental point of view, but also from a social and economic point of view. The state will play a central role in managing these changes “.

The public sector – continued the Prime Minister – it will have to take on the task of helping the weakest citizens in particular. And to make sure that the transition times are fast, but compatible with the conversion capacity of companies “.

Draghi explained that the government “is ready to intervene again” to stem the expensive bills. “To limit price increases in the short term and help the poorest families in particular, we allocated 1.2 billion euros in June and over 3 billion in September – he recalled – We are intervening in the budget law and we are ready to continue to do so, with particular attention to the weaker groups. We asked the European Commission to study medium-term solutions, for example on the subject of storage, to limit price fluctuations and risks for businesses and citizens “.