TRENTO. A generational impact assessment. This is the proposal of Action that he would like to introduce in the provincial legislation the obligation to carry out, at least for the most important measures, a picture of the effects of a law on the long term. “A method – comments theformer president Ugo Rossi – to make decisions today but without losing sight of the effects on the future of the territory. Politics should not choose on the basis of elections, but for the good of our young people “.
The introduction of this mechanism would lead every law to be accompanied by an in-depth reflection from the technical-scientific point of view on the impacts of a standard. “It is necessary – says Rossi – look beyond election deadlines to structure the future. This is the case ofSingle check which is provided for people with at least 10 years of citizenship with the clear intention of promoting something for consensus, without considering what it entails for the next generations between integration, development of life, work and economic balance. Another example is that of youth policies incorporated into the department and which loses its transversality “.
Political force starts from the last report OECD 2020 which reported a situation in continuous worsening as regards the economic and social impact ofCovid epidemic. “The generational asymmetry has further widened. This event – he says Mario Raffaelli, Trentino in Action political coordinator – so profound and dramatic it has accelerated the process and society is at a real breaking point. All the economic and employment indicators highlight the criticality of the situation“.
Despite the freeze on layoffs, unemployment among young people has started to rise again reaching the 33% as of March. A large share of under 35 does not find work but also falls under the Neet (young people who do not study, are not looking for a job or are not training to find work): according to the data State this category includes 3 million people.
“The approach cannot be exclusively that of welfare assistance – continues Raffaelli – but a structural strategy is needed. Of course this is an international and national issue, but the tools of autonomy can be used to anticipate actions and responses: Trentino can be a step forward and become an example in this sense “.
The premise of this bill is that of a pact between generations based on the common belief that each generation has the duty to guarantee a sustainable future.
“There is a problem of representation of the younger groups: the views of the new generations in administrative and legislative processes are not central to the debates. This crisis has an impact on young people, such as those of 2008 and 2011: the the poverty rate of the under 35s is double that of the over 65s. This bill – continues Matteo Piccolotto, member of the political committee of Trentino in Action – offers an answer to fears that there is no room for young people in politics. Each law has economic and environmental repercussions and the explanatory report must indicate how a standard affects future resources: it is not binding but highlights the impact of the choices “.
The principle of this bill is to introduce a generational impact assessment system with reference to provincial bills, a tool to promote a judgment on the intergenerational equity of environmental effects, social e cheap that the measures produce on the provincial territory.
“It is necessary to build a future for the boys and girls who get involved – he explains Giulia Pigoni, national head of Action for youth policies and regional councilor in Emilia Romagna – Action has decided not to open a youth section: politics cannot remember young people when an electoral list has to be closed. Many, on the other hand, already hold executive roles with burdens and honors. If you get involved in politics, you have to take responsibility. We often talk about boys, women and children, only to always put more at the top of the agendas. Instead, it’s time to put the same possibilities into play: this measure can give a vision of the future, territories can become attractive and give everyone a chance “.
The bill aims to three articles: the first is a modification to the technical report of the legislative measures to introduce the intergenerational impact assessment. The second is an assessment that takes into account economic, social and environmental variables. “It is the duty of the Executive, after consulting the competent commission, establish criteria and methods with which to carry out this technical report. For initiatives that do not come from the executive – points out Rossi – the competent commission can request a technical report as required by this bill “.
The assessment is considered necessary if the regulatory intervention it accompanies is significant or has a strong impact on the provincial budget. Furthermore, it is always to be carried out, unless the technical report does not justify otherwise, in the matters of provincial finance, agriculture e forests, energy, economic activities, work, social policies, health care, instruction, urban planning, public waters, transport e environmental protection.
Article 3, on the other hand, envisages coverage with resources already authorized in the provincial budget regarding charges deriving from this measure. “The Province can draw on already active collaborations, such as University and the others research institutions, for the application of the law. This is the proposal, but we believe it is correct that making the criteria is the responsibility of those who govern. Everyone needs to participate in this case “, concludes Rossi.