Is Italy dead?

on BLOG 24 Lug, 2014

Italia l'è morta?

President Giorgio Napolitano recently said that "if young people cannot find a job, Italy is over." I think that Italy is over, even if the adults do not find work. I would have preferred that he had said that "if the Italians cannot find a job, Italy is over."

The President has done well to be so direct; let’s fly over my doubts regarding the timing of his statement and its translation into action.

How did the media react to it? For a couple of days, Napolitano's statement was repeated in an obsessive way. Then, numerous articles were dedicated to successful cases of young people who have not surrendered to the crisis, but have remained in Italy, launching a new business, possibly creative and no-profit. The impression I got is that the press has simply tried to manage its own anxiety like any of us, that lists actions to be completed on a piece of paper or on a post-it. The press also tried to reassure itself that all is not lost, that there are healthy energy, new ideas, virtuous alternatives... In my opinion, the point is not whether or not all these good elements are present (yes, they are!), but rather is about the difficulties that these "successful subjects" encounter in launching and managing their daily activities and about the thousands of them who have given up or had to give up before rising to the news.

There are National and European instruments to support training, employment, entrepreneurship, outplacement, the third sector, etc. but just ten days ago the statistics reported horrifying figures: in seven years in Italy, a thirty people found a job thanks to the training courses financed by the European Social Fund. Thirty, not thirty thousand, but simply 15% of those who had completed the training! In the face of tens of thousands in France and Germany: a difference of three orders of magnitude, with the similar investments. I see two possibilities: either the funds were used in a "different" way or programs and related services were not adequate, professional, targeted at placing candidates in the job market.

Insomma, un panorama buio. Ma non dell’Italia, bensì di una certa Italia, che dovrebbe essere giudicata sulla base dei propri risultati e premiata o punita, invece di consentirle di continuare ad accedere e gestire fondi che non portano a nessun beneficio per la comunità. Servirebbe una cultura di mercato, una cultura di performance, una cultura di merito, una cultura moderna. Io mi impegno ogni giorno, in ogni interazione, strenuamente in questa direzione, anche se – almeno per ora… 😉 – non sono nominato sulle nostre italiche, ansiose riviste!






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