The Government Commissioner

Floriana Gallucci was appointed as the Extraordinary Government Commissioner of the Interregional Special Economic Zone (ZES) Ionian Puglia-Basilicata, by a Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers in April 2022.

Duties and functions

The functions of the extraordinary Government Commissioner for the SEZ are defined by Art. 4 paragraphs 7 and ss., of D.L. June 20, 2017, no. 91 and ss. mm. ii.

“Art. 4

7 – The subject for the Administration must ensure, in particular:

a) the tools that guarantee the settlement and full operation of the companies present in the SEZ as well as the systematic promotion of the area to potential international investors;

b) the use of both economic and technological services within the SEZ;

c) access to services provided by third parties.

7-bis The extraordinary Government Commissioner referred to in paragraph 6 may, with the prior authorization of the Steering Committee, enter into agreements or framework agreements with banks and financial intermediaries.

7-ter. The extraordinary Government Commissioner referred to in paragraph 6, also availing himself of the support of the Agency for Territorial Cohesion:

a) ensures the coordination and impulse, also operational, of initiatives aimed at ensuring the attraction, settlement, and full operation of productive activities within the SEZ, without prejudice to the competences of the central and territorial administrations involved in the implementation of the Strategic Development Plans, also with a view to coordinating the specific development lines of the area with the strategic prospects of the other established and establishing SEZs, preserving the appropriate market specializations;

b) operates as an external referent of the Steering Committee for the attraction and settlement of productive investments in the SEZ areas;

c) contributes to identifying, among the areas identified within the Strategic Development Plan, the priority areas for the implementation of the Plan, and takes care of their characterization necessary to guarantee productive settlements;

d) promotes the signing of specific protocols and agreements between the local and state administrations involved in the implementation of the Strategic Development Plan, aimed at regulating simplified procedures and special procedural regimes for productive settlements in the SEZ areas.

7-quater. The Agency for Territorial Cohesion supports the work of the Commissioners and guarantees, based on the guidelines of the ZES Control Room referred to in Article 5, ((paragraph 1, letter a-quater)), the coordination of their action and of national planning of interventions in the SEZs, through its own administrative and technical staff specifically destined for this, with the human and instrumental resources available according to the current legislation.

The Agency for Territorial Cohesion also provides support to individual Commissioners through technical and administrative personnel identified under Article 7, paragraph 6, of Legislative Decree March 30, 2001, no. 165, equipped with suitable competences, in order to ensure the effectiveness and operability of the Commissioner’s action.

The extraordinary Commissioner also makes use of the structures of the central or territorial administrations, of companies controlled by the State or the Regions without new or higher charges for public finance.

7-quinquies. In order to ensure the most effective and timely implementation of the interventions of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) relating to the infrastructuring of the SEZs, until December 31, 2026, the extraordinary Commissioner can, at the request of the competent bodies, take on the functions of the contracting station and operate in derogation from the legal provisions on public contracts, without prejudice to the respect of the principles set out in Articles 30, 34, and 42 of Legislative Decree April 18, 2016, no. 50, as well as the provisions of the anti-mafia law code and prevention measures, as per Legislative Decree September 6, 2011, no. 159, and the mandatory constraints deriving from membership in the European Union, including those deriving from directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU, of the European Parliament and the Council, of February 26, 2014. For the exercise of the functions referred to in the first period, the extraordinary Commissioner also provides by means of ordinances.”