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FM - driver for economic recovery in Italy15th of May 2015
Anna Garbagna reports on the key role being played by the facilities management (FM) sector in Italy’s economic recovery.
The facilities management (FM) service sector (maintenance, cleaning, environmental services, energy, security, logistics), which is made up of thousands of small and medium sized companies and many large operators, is a dynamic sector in constant and continuous growth.
According to the data supplied by Lorenzo Bellicini, director of Cresme, recorded strong growth in 2014 (+17.2 per cent compared to 2013) reaching a turnover of 29.4 billion euros, with a massive impact in terms of employment. Numbers are often underestimated because many public bodies are currently unable to call for tenders because of the complexity of the regulations.
With regard to this market’s increasingly important production chain, the ‘manifesto of the property estate and urban estate service’s sector’ was created and promoted by the main associations of the Facility Management’s service sector (Afidamp, Assistal, Confcooperative, Fise Anip, Fnip and Legacoop Servizi) with the scientific support of Patrimoni PA net.
Through this manifesto the associations ask the government and parliament to ensure that the new tendering code, which will originate from the bill for the transposition of the European directives on tendering, will be truly the instrument to unblock the current situation, allowing public bodies to maintain, make safe and make efficient Italy’s public buildings and urban estate.
“The facility management sector can become a real driver for Italy’s economic recovery.” This is the message which emerged during the meeting promoted by OSSIF, Cresme and Terotec with the theme ‘facility management in Italy: public market, private market’. During the course of the meeting, Lorenzo Mattioli, president of ANIP – (the national association of cleaning companies and integrated services of FISE Confindustria) intervened.
Mattioli, in his position as spokesperson of the signing associations involved, underlined the great value of the manifesto of the property estate and urban estate service’s sector.
“For the service sector,” the president highlighted, “it is an historic moment: all the sector’s associations are united today, with precise proposals regarding the next regulation deadlines, especially the transposition of European directives on contracts and concessions.
“It is necessary”, continued Mattioli, “that the sector has rules suited to its own characteristics, especially because our companies are certainly at European level as far as quality and efficiency are concerned”.
In this scenario, which sees the service sector taking on the role of primary driver of economic and occupational development of Italy, it becomes urgent, as stated by the sector representatives attending the meeting, to create a new reference point which is directed at ministerial and governmental level - and able to guarantee specific political attention to this economic sector.