Spending the approximately 200 billion of the NGEU quickly and beneficially: this is the decisive challenge faced by the public administration authorities for the recovery and resilience of the Italian economy after Covid-19, which also embodies the expectations of citizens on the use of resources.
To achieve it, you need tools that are instantly in place and functioning, capable of ensuring the timely mobilization of resources, given the goal of making the activities and infrastructures operative by 2026, without however reducing compliance with the standards and controls.
Here lies the economic and social value of the TIC sector (Testing Inspection and Certification), consisting of about 2,000 CABs and laboratories accredited by Accredia: to provide, through accredited certification, inspection, testing and calibration activities, a ready-to-use solution for maximizing the impact of European resources on the GDP, businesses and communities, without bypassing standards and controls.
A tool at the service of the PA that responds to the needs of consumers, as revealed by the new study by the Osservatorio Accredia carried out with Censis “The role of accredited certification in the Recovery Plans”, which focuses on the expectations of Italians on NGEU funds and economic benefits and for the community deriving from a wider use of accredited activities.
What do Italians think of NGEU funds?
For 56.4% of Italians, NGEU resources must be spent quickly, but with reliable mechanisms for verifying compliance with rules and regulations; for 30.4% under strict control by the State, even at the cost of slowdowns, and for just 6.5% by loosening the controls in order to speed things up. Spend quickly and well: this is the prevailing mood of Italians, who say no to speed in exchange for bypassing regulations and controls.
In fact, 75.5% fear that the pressure to spend NGEU resources quickly will lead to reduced controls, for example in matters of corruption, illegality, environmental protection. On the other hand, past experiences of using European funds are a wake-up call, given that by 2020, of the 72.4 billion euros that Europe allocated to our country in the 2014-2020 period, 50 billion have been spent 50.8% (36.8 billion euros), less than the EU average (55.8%) and far less than comparable countries such as France (66.1%) and Germany (61.9%).
If the management of the NGEU becomes the testing ground to demonstrate that you have learned from experience, the use of accredited certifications, inspections, tests and calibrations is the best means to achieve this.
Increase the impact of funds thanks to accredited certification
Accredited certification, inspection, testing and calibration services broaden the economic impact of NGEU funds, generating an additional increase in GDP. Assuming that by 2023 the objective is to reach 150 thousand certified companies under accreditation (60 thousand more than now), the share of GDP growth expected in the same period attributable to this stock would be equal to 28%, in other words, an additional contribution to the GDP of about 30 billion euros.
The annual social benefits would also be greater, with a value of 2.2 billion euros: around 920 million euros for the environment and energy, around 520 million euros for safety in the workplace and around 740 million euros for food safety. More certified companies means more GDP and more social benefits: this is why it is desirable that access criteria be applied to NGEU funds that stimulate the use of accredited certification.
Ultimately, given the results that accredited services ensure to parties holding certification to the community, it would be rational at this point to make the expansion of the number of companies that use them a political objective.
Twelve good reasons to use accreditation
There are twelve good reasons that make it useful for the Italian economy and society to increase the use of the TIC sector activities of certifications, inspections, tests and calibrations, accredited by Accredia, starting with the activities relating to the NGEU.