The new stadium is a decisive match that does not allow for hesitation. Assolombarda urges the Municipality, apparently undecided on what to do, and warns: the redevelopment of San Siro is one of the challenges of the future, together with the Rai production center, the unified patent court, the European anti-money laundering authority and the infrastructure provided for Olympic Games. Challenges to regenerate Milan. Regenerate: this was the leitmotif of the general assembly of Assolombarda – the first as elected president of Alessandro Spada – gathered yesterday at the Falck areas of Sesto San Giovanni. And the “location”, the result of a symbolic and wise choice, was not accidental, as well as the themes and driving motifs of a crucial appointment, which comes after 16 months of health and economic emergency. The reclamation of the former Falck areas has been completed for about 40% of the surface, equal to about 1.5 million square meters, and on Monday an imported construction site will start, one of the first public works serving the redevelopment of the area where the Città della Salute: the railway station, which will serve to connect two strips of territory and the new urban center to the city of Milan.
Urban regeneration and social regeneration, political regeneration and economic regeneration. This is the plot of the meeting of the major territorial organization of companies, convinced that the country is facing the “greatest opportunity for modernization, growth and development” since the post-war period. Spada quoted Alcide De Gasperi, the president of reconstruction: “We need a policy that looks to the next generations and not to the next elections”.
It is not (only) a question of putting Covid in brackets, but of looking beyond, to the future. Economic regeneration, therefore. Italian regeneration, with the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, and regeneration of the Lombard economy, weakened in 2020 by a drop in heavy exports (-10.6%), although comparable to that of the European Regions, but now driven by a recovery in manufacturing (8.7%). “Certainly good data – observed Spada – even if, beware, we have not yet recovered the average levels of 2019”. A gap of 2.3% remains, lower than that of the whole of Italy but higher than the gap of the other EU locomotives.
Lombardy is still competitive in the supply chains: “We remained in the game,” said the president. The trend of the various Lombard provinces is quite different. Monza and Lodi held up better than average, thanks respectively to the international projection and to the electronics and agri-food sectors. Pavia, on the other hand, has been deeply affected: food and pharmaceuticals have only partially compensated for the losses in fashion, footwear and mechanics.
So Milan, with its tertiary sector. Milan was penalized “dramatically” in tourism (-76%) and in fashion (exports -13%). But for Spada, Milan can regenerate itself with a “new design capacity” and with a “renewed collaboration between public and private sectors”. “Let’s work together, dear mayors, dear president of the Region – he urged – so that there are no hesitation on some of the important matches for the future of our entire territory”. And he listed them: the new RAI production center, seat of the EU Unified Patent Court, “on which I ask for the utmost commitment from the government”, the European Anti-Money Laundering Authority, and finally “completion of all those necessary structures and infrastructures to best host the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games ». “Finally – said Spada – for the city of Milan another example is the redevelopment of the entire San Siro area also through the construction of the new stadium”. “An opportunity not to be missed – he warned – to mend the territorial fabric of this district and redevelop an urban context that has been devoid of identity for many years”.
“I have never had second thoughts – the mayor, Beppe Sala justified – I am in favor of the project going ahead, but obviously I manage the public good of us Milanese”. “I totally agree that the teams need the stadium – he added -. Spada, speaking of San Siro, said he is inserted in a delicate context, my only doubt is that there is a need to create something homogeneous ».
“Lombardy Region – said the president Attilio Fontana – continues to be at the side of its companies to interpret their needs and support them – not according to the logic of the subsidy – but of support and dialogue”.