«Italy is a country in which, historically, many laws are made, making them and remaking them, without ever bringing them to completion. The experience of the pandemic represented a stress test that nevertheless provided us with confirmation of the ancient flaws: the result was a legislative flood, an excess of local, regional and national rules and regulations that only produced uncertainties. Draghi, in this sense, seems to have represented and represent an important step change “, thus opens the speech of Alessandro Pajno, administrative magistrate, university professor, collaborator of the Mattarella and Ciampi governments, secretary general of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in the first Prodi government, undersecretary at the Ministry of the Interior in the second Prodi government and finally President of the Council of State. “Its provisions in time of Covid, in fact, have always been adopted by decree – he adds -. An important stance that continues now in the Simplifications Decree, in which the administrative reform is configured as transversal (from general to sectorial rules) and brings hope in terms of regulatory simplification, clarity of the same, but not only: significant in fact it will also be bureaucratic simplification, as well as codification, which will therefore go hand in hand with digitization. The latter, in turn, will have to push in the direction of interoperability and intercommunication ”. A hope, that of Pajno, which also permeates the reduction to the minimum necessary of the future implementation decrees, as well as the streamlining of the times regarding public works: “The PNRR speaks of 5 years and even if we have no guarantee that this is possible, we have hopes – he continues -.
The simplification decree in fact emphasizes not only the tender award phase, but also the upstream phases (design and execution), which are notoriously longer, also mentioning the reduction and specialization of the number of contracting entities “. At the basis of the success of these many hopes, however, for the administrative magistrate, there would be a solid structure: a clear political direction and strong sectoral collaboration. «For me, autonomy is a value – he continues – but I believe that a unitary control room is needed to coordinate them. Over time, in fact, the idea has passed that there is antagonism between regions and nations, but the pandemic has taught us that we must recover the unity of direction. To relaunch the country, unity, collaboration between sectors is needed, and the simplification decree represents an opportunity in this sense ».