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Venice, From The Comitatone €100 Million To Safeguard The Lagoon

Venice, from the Comitatone €100 million to safeguard the lagoon

Venice, Italy (PortSEurope) January 11, 2021 – Last month, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Paola De Micheli, chaired the Comitatone su Venezia during which the allocation of resources in 2020 for the protection of the lagoon destined for the municipalities was presented, and the solution put forward to solve in a structural and definitive way the question of the passage of large (cruise) ships.  The meeting was
attended by the Minister of Cultural Heritage Dario Franceschini, the president of the Veneto Region Luca Zaia, the mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro, the other mayors of the municipalities involved, the commissioner for Mose Elisabetta Spitz, the supervisor for public works and commissioner of the Cinzia Zincone Port Authority. A total of €100 million ($121.63 million) will be allocated in 2020 to the municipalities of the Venice lagoon. Of these, €40 million are those provided for by the safeguard law divided between all the administrations represented in the Committee (Venice, Chioggia, Cavallino Treporti, Mira, Jesolo, Musile di Piave, Quarto Altino, Campagna Lupia, Codevigo). These funds are in addition to the €60 million allocated in the 2020 Budget Law and assigned to a program of 35 works, identified by the Safeguard Office of Venice Maritime Works for Veneto, for hydrogeological rebalancing, the recovery of public assets and maintenance. security systems. Minister De Micheli anticipated her desire to ask for an integration of the resources already assigned to the municipalities by the lagoon protection law for 2021 and for the following three years. On the subject of large ships, Minister De Micheli illustrated the path that identifies a double solution to deflate the transit of cruise boats in the Giudecca canal. In the short and medium term, the availability of some terminal operators operating in container traffic on Marghera emerged to temporarily welcome larger cruise ships during the days of inactivity of their respective terminals. Further availability could be in 2022 at the North Canal – North Bank, but with the need to obtain the required authorizations for the adaptation works of the canal and docks with longer times. Finally, the Minister specified that in order to reach a structural and definitive solution to the problem of the moorings of large ships outside the lagoon, the opportunity was identified for the activation of a public call, with a deadline of six months and with the end of a year for the technical evaluation of the proposals, without prejudice to those already known to MIT, including the necessary environmental impact assessments. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved.

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