How much do Regions and cities spend on conferences and events? The cost report

The report created for Adnkronos by the Gazzetta Administrativa della Repubblica Italiana Foundation

How much do conferences cost Italian regions and cities? How much do they spend on organizing and participating in events? To reveal it a report created for Adnkronos by the Fondazione Gazzetta Amministrativa della Repubblica italianawhich, as part of the ‘Pitagora’ project, has drawn up a ranking of the costs incurred in 2022 by Regions and provincial capitals for the maintenance of their offices and structures, complete with rating assignment.

The Foundation’s Research Center, in fact, analyzes all the official financial data of the public body in question and, through scientific research algorithms, identifies potential waste, i.e. critical expenses in public accounts. The institution’s expenses in relation to the individual items are compared with the reference benchmark and, depending on the levels of expenditure variance identified, we speak of ‘positive performance’ (when the expenditure is lower than or equal to the average), ‘variance slight’ (when the expenditure is between the average expenditure and 30% more), ‘considerable deviation’ (when the expenditure is between the slight deviation and 100% more), ‘out of control expenditure’ (when the expenditure exceeds the average expenditure by more than 100%. The rating – which is based exclusively on objective accounting data free from any discretionary evaluation – assigns the best performance the triple ‘A’, while the worst is assigned the letter ‘C’.

Tuscany, Lazio and Campania most virtuous regions: AAA rating

Tuscany, Lazio and Campania are the most ‘virtuous’ Italian regions in spending on the organization and participation in events and conferences (here is the data on the regions). Three Regions awarded the overall AAA rating in the special ranking developed for Adnkronos. In particular, for this cost item, in 2022, Tuscany spent 535,954.61 euros, Lazio 610,162.94 and Campania 603,808.73.

Also ‘promoted’ for this expenditure item, with an overall rating from A to AA, are Molise and Lombardy which, with an amount of 67,923.15 and 2,303,288.46 euros respectively, are awarded double AA , and then, with single A Abruzzo (470,353.52) and Emilia-Romagna (1,650,775.16).

Among the Regions with ‘intermediate’ performances are: with BBB Basilicata (316,063.64), Umbria (506,295.12) and Piedmont (2,157,768.51); with BB Veneto (3,761,812.41) and Puglia (4,007,236.85); with B Liguria (1,768,422.01) and Marche (1,787,705.73). While for this item the data for Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Valle d’Aosta and Sardinia are not comparable.

In Calabria and Sicily rating C, the island holds spending records

Calabria and Sicily are the least efficient regions in terms of expenses incurred for the organization and participation in events and conferences. They are the only two to receive a ‘C’, the worst rating assigned by the ranking developed by Adnkronos.

Specifically, for this item, in 2022, Calabria spent 3,170,751.75 euros. A figure increasing compared to the previous two years (2,045,546.54 in 2021 and 2,256,279.68 in 2020), without however reaching the peak of 5,719,445.36 in 2019.

As for Sicily, in 2022 it spent 12,943,999.51 euros. Figure significantly increased compared to 2021 (7,091,460.81) and 2020 (6,657,238.52), but less high than 2019, when it reached 16,316,497.35 euros.

Sicily is also the Italian region which, in absolute value, holds the record for spending on the organization and participation in events and conferences: 12,943,999.51 euros in 2022. A figure that makes it deserve the C rating worst in the special ranking drawn up for Adnkronos.

Immediately after Sicily, among the Regions with the highest amounts of expenditure for this item, exceeding one million euros, the following stand out, in order: Puglia (4,007,236.85), Veneto (3,761,812.41), Calabria (3,170,751.75), Lombardy (2,303,288.46), Piedmont (2,157,768.51), Sardinia (2,097,498.99), Marche (1,787,705.73), Liguria (1,768,422, 01), Emilia-Romagna (1,650,775.16), Valle d’Aosta (1,305,118.21).

In Molise the lowest expense

Molise is the Italian region which, in absolute values, has the lowest expenditure incurred for the organization and participation in events and conferences: 67,923.15 euros in 2022 (excluding the data which are not comparable for Trentino Alto Adige).

Among the Regions that spend the least on this item, again in absolute values, with an amount of less than one million euros, we find: Basilicata (316,063.64), Friuli Venezia Giulia (397,253.19), Abruzzo (470,353.52), Umbria (506,295.12), Tuscany (535,954.61), Campania (603,808.73), Lazio (610,162.94).

15 capitals promoted to triple A. Milan city with record spending, Nuoro the most thrifty

Fifteen Italian provincial capitals ‘promoted’ to triple AAA in managing expenses for the organization and participation in events and conferences (Here is the ranking of the capitals).

The most ‘virtuous’ ones for this item of costs of the institution, thus obtaining the maximum rating, are: Rome (238,734.13 euros), Foggia (25,581.82), Modena (19,270.25), Catanzaro (15,283.37 ), Ragusa (11,749.60), Latina (10,660.00), Bologna (9,600.00), Vicenza (8,596.17), Monza (8,378.20), Isernia (4,927.51), Biella (4,656.30) , Savona (4,264.00), Ferrara (3,195.00), Matera (2,200.00), Nuoro (289.82).

There is also a large group of cities that are among the most virtuous for this expenditure item, obtaining the double AA: Reggio Emilia, Naples, Perugia, Palermo, Terni, Turin, Benevento, Piacenza, Florence, Campobasso, Agrigento, Pistoia, Verbania, Brindisi, Varese, Udine, Bari, Avellino, Cremona, Reggio Calabria, Brescia, Cesena. But also the group that won the A: Pesaro, Barletta, Livorno, Messina, Vercelli, Crotone, Syracuse, Teramo, Pavia, Rieti, Taranto, Sassari, Alessandria, Lecce, Catania, Imperia, Pescara, Oristano, Cosenza, Parma .

Cuneo, Asti, Gorizia, Ancona, Sondrio, Rimini, Aosta, Salerno are the eight least ‘efficient’ provincial capitals in expenses, so much so as to deserve the C rating, the lowest in the special ranking.

But how much are the expenses incurred for this item in these entities in 2022? Analyzing the ranking, we discover that Salerno spent 4,698,233.99 euros, followed by Rimini with 3,206,366.13, Ancona with 1,845,459.76, Asti with 1,339,346.42, Cuneo with 923,039.35, Aosta with 881,902.65, Gorizia with 588,417.29, Sondrio with 574,191.49.

They get a intermediate rating in the ranking: L’Aquila, Como, Fermo, Forlì, Milan, La Spezia, Lodi, Viterbo, Pisa, Mantua, Grosseto, Massa, Treviso, Urbino, Verona, Ascoli Piceno, Venice, Trieste, which goes to B; Caltanissetta, Potenza, Lecco, Prato, Ravenna, Padua, Cagliari, Frosinone, Chieti, Siena, Bolzano, with the BB; Pordenone, Belluno, Trento, Enna, Novara, Genoa, Trani, Bergamo, which receive the BBB.

AND’ Milan the provincial capital which, in absolute values, has the highest expenditure output, reaching the record figure of 10,903,590.55 euros in 2022.

After Milan, among the cities with the highest expenditure for this item, exceeding 1 million euros, the following in the ranking are: Salerno (4,698,233.99), Venice (3,417,897.05), Rimini (3,206,366, 13), Verona (3,166,281.25), Trieste (2,686,472.35), Genoa (2,051,154.29), Ancona (1,845,459.76), Asti (1,339,346.42), Padua ( 1,092,177.37), Treviso (1,039,911.16).

AND’ Nuoro the most ‘parsimonious’ provincial capital in terms of spending on the organization and participation in events and conferences, an item to which it allocated only 289.82 euros in 2022 (excluding the non-comparable data of Andria, Arezzo, Carbonia, Caserta , Lucca, Macerata, Rovigo, Trapani, Vibo Valentia).

To keep spending low for this item, below 10 thousand euros, after Nuoro, we find, in order: Matera (2,200.00), Ferrara (3,195.00), Savona (4,264.00), Biella (4,656 .30), Isernia (4,927.51), Monza (8,378.20), Vicenza (8,596.17), Bologna (9,600.00).