Pnrr, Csel: “TPL projects for 8.8 billion but for almost 2 billion alternative resources will be drawn”

The share of additional resources necessary to complete projects concerning urban mobility and similar increases as we move up the peninsula, going from 9% in the south (where the Pnrr funds therefore covered 91% of the amount of expected costs) to 25% from central Italy and 33% from the north

The overall value of the projects which concern local public transport and which are beneficiaries of Pnrr resources is, as of 11 October 2023, equal to approximately 8.8 billion. However, this amount will not be entirely covered by the resources deriving from the Next generation Eu. In fact, they will have to pay the almost 6.9 billion in costs admitted under the Pnnr just under two billion euros must be added to actually achieve what was proposed. As it emerges from a research by the Centro Studi Enti Locali (Csel) prepared for Adnkronos and based on the processing of data from the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Mef-RgS (updated as of 12 October 2023), the co-financing percentage varies greatly in relation to a series of elements.

In the case of projects approved in the rankings relating to the M2C24.1 investment, which aims to strengthen cycling mobility, for example, the share covered by the Pnrr was equal to 89% compared to 92% of those attributable to the M2C2I4.4 investment which concerns the renewal of the regional bus and train fleet for local public transport through means with the lowest possible environmental impact. And again, looking at the results of the calculations of the Local Authorities Study Center, which take into account the region to which the implementing entities belong and were presented in Bologna on the occasion of the Fuels Mobility Forum, it emerged that generally the amount of additional resources needed to complete projects involving urban mobility and similar, increases as you move up the peninsula, going from 9% in the south (where the Pnrr funds therefore covered 91% of the expected costs) to 25% in central Italy and 33% in the north.

Translated into economic terms, it means that, to ground the projects in the pipeline aimed at improving the quality and sustainability of local public transport in southern Italy and the islands, a total of more than 3.1 billion will be needed and almost 2.9 is the share part that comes via funding from Brussels and therefore just under 290 million euros remained “uncovered”. At the center, to make investments of around 1.6 billion, co-financing of almost 419 million euros will be needed. In the north, European funding stopped at just under 2.5 billion out of the almost 3.7 billion in total investments and it was therefore necessary to identify forms of alternative coverage for 1.2 billion euros.

Calabria, Piedmont and Marche are the only regions in which, at present, the need to resort to additional financing has not emerged compared to those already foreseen in the Pnrr resource allocation rankings regarding local public transport. This is what emerges from the CSEL. The situation is diametrically opposite Valle d’Aosta and Liguria, where co-financing instead exceeded the share covered by community resources. Specifically, in the first case, these accounted for 69% of the total (just under 8.7 million euros out of the total 12.5 million). In the second, for 53% of the total: approximately 350 million euros out of the over 660 total.