A workbench was held at the Sala Giunta of the Palazzo degli Elefanti of the Municipality of Catania on May the 14th 2018 as a moment of confrontation on the Social Agency for the House and the theme of Social Housing which is an essential element for fair and inclusive cities’ growth. The Operational Plan of The National operational programme (NOP) “Metropolitan cities 2014 – 2020 of the City of Catania, in line with what is indicated by the Guidelines, plans an action 3.3.1 called Habito. This is a social agency for the home, the construction of a place that accepts different functions as time social, educational, employment and healthcare orientation, everything structured according to the “Housing First” model.

The meeting represented an opportunity for discussion and debate on the issues of inclusion and social living. Procedures and solutions produced by some metropolitan cities were highlighted through good practices and integrated policies against poverty housing. For example, public buildings forfeited by Mafia and handed over to beneficiaries who have turned a negative asset into a positive one for the society. Plus, projects of a social nature that have facilitate the start of new communities thanks to create integration and affection for the territory through the use of common spaces and services among the inhabitants. Particularly interesting were the starting points and suggestions about the methodologies applied by cities that have already advanced implementations of the models presented.

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Conference “The network of disease rare” ASP Enna

The “Armando Mingrino” of the “Umberto I” Hospital (Congress Hall), filled in every order of places, a careful excitement and many “experts”: this is the big picture that framed the Medical Training Seminar / scientific “The Rare Diseases Network”, held in Enna on the 29 of May 2018. The event is part of the activities financed by the Regional Health Department of Sicily, in the specific case with the Objective PSN 2012 project – 2.8.2 Guidelines “Activation of the new Centres related to the regional network for rare diseases “, and whose scientific referents are Dr. Mauro Sapienza and Dr. Francesco Tumminelli collaborated by Dr. Angelo Sberna, sports doctor, President of CONI of Enna.


The second part of the conference “The network of rare diseases” was characterized by a Round Table, checked by the RAI journalist, Ilenia Petracalvina, who starting from the reflections heard during the first part of the Conference asked her interlocutors many other questions from which they started communicate interesting ideas that gave life to a lively comparison with the audience. The conference was accredited as a training seminar and provided for the assignment of 8 training credits.

 Amministrative office PI4  S.r.l.(

The PI4 team oversaw the preliminary design, concept, creativity and communication of the Seminar; Then it handled the creation and design of global graphics, advertising, promotional items, the creation and production of all multimedia contents. PI4 selected hotels, restaurants for the welcoming, catering and social dinner organisation services.

Our press office has prepared, diffused and published the press releases Ex Ante and Ex.


Our administrative office took care of the management and reception of speakers, external guests and all documentation for CME credits.

Interview to Dr. Mauro Sapienza, who is the scientific director of the Project.



20 marzo 2018 #citygov – Public administration and city:development actors

 The event, held in Catania at the Building of culture, was organised by Pon Governance and NOP “Metropolitan cities 2014 – 2020 as well. It has meant first to take stock of the current status of the 400 projects selected by the programs in progress in the 14 metropolitan cities benefiting from the program and also to reflect about the experiences gained so far in view of planning for the next seven-year programming. The event skilfully moderated by Carlo Mochi Sismondi, the President of FORUM PA, was opened with the greetings and welcome of the mayor of Catania who is Enzo Bianco. Following, Maria Ludovica Agrò, the General Director of the Agency for Territorial Cohesion, highlighted the importance of dealing with the gaps between the communities starting from the territories, of understanding what the needs of citizens are and planning together with the city. These elements provide an added value to the synergistic interaction among the local authority, the central state and the European commission. The General Director Maria Ludovica Agrò also highlights that cohesion is the only European policy for citizens and so it should be kept intact in the resources and in its fundamental mission which is to devise and implement structural projects that fill the gaps between the territories.

Giorgio Martini, the Managing Authority of the PON Metropolitan Cities, Riccardo Monaco, the Managing Authority of the NOP Governance and Institutional Capacity, Nicola Aimi, European Commission – Deputy Head of Unit Italy-Malta DG Regio, have came in succession on the operational programs.

Martini illustrated the key issues through which a true sustainable urban development can be achieved. Those themes directly impact on the quality of life of the citizen from the point of view regarding a “smart city”, reiterating a fundamental objective of the metropolitan city program which is to to make timely interventions that quickly provide answers to citizens’ needs.

Monaco indicated that one of the tasks of the PON Governance is to support the administrations in dealing with important interventions. He reaffirmed the importance of communicating and what is done with the Structural Funds. He highlighted how Catania is a brilliant example of which and how much effort is being made in managing these financial resources.

Aimi then described the investment opportunities for the “lagging regions” such as the announcements for small and medium-sized companies in the field of research and innovation, the announcements for large companies in terms of sustainable mobility and the initiatives concerning the school, social inclusion and public administration as well.

After the information session on operational programs, a proper “journey” came after in the PON Gov and PON Metro projects.

During the whole session spoke Pia Marconi, Head of Public Administration Department, Elio Gullo, Department of Public Administration, Marilina Labia, Unioncamere, Arcangelo Scattaglia, Amtab coming from Bari, Paola Ravenna, coming from Venice and Fabio Finocchiaro coming from Catania.

The session provided both general information and interesting multimedia presentations on the activities being carried out on the cities of Bari, Venice and Catania.

The session’s midpoint is the topic of mobility, as a common denominator of the projects. In relation to the mobility, Finocchiaro illustrated the Integrated Strategy on the metropolitan one. It’s a “a – cross- border journey through an overview of the planned interventions and those being implemented. In conclusion the version 2.0 of the OpenCoesione Portal was presented. This is a perfect example of how the adoption of the Open Data paradigm can highlight good governance practices. Simona De Luca who belong to the Department for Cohesion Policies has participated during the meeting.

The session has concluded with an interesting Round Table regarding current experiences and future perspectives. Participants included Nicola Aimi, Pia Marconi, Francesco Cottone, the General Director of Coordination of Cohesion Policies, Antonina Liotta, Secretary General Director of the Catania’s city, Attilio Auricchio Naples’ Municipality. Chief of Staff and Gaetano Cacciola, coming from the City of Messina, Councilor for Energy, Mobility, Roads and Transport.

Respectable statements were those made by Liotta on the importance of participating at the meeting of the Managing Authorities of the 14 metropolitan cities of the PON Metro that was a clear message of great cohesion, and on the virtuous repercussions of the program on Catania which, thanks to the interception of this funding, it is rewriting its strategic vision and is projecting itself towards the future as a proper European metropolitan city.

Video of event

During some moments of the day, in the morning it’s possible to do a visit to the urban gardens in Catania, in the Librino district and in road San Teodoro to the “Two Towers”. In the afternoon the event at Palazzo Platamone (Culture’s building) in road Vittorio Emanuele II in Catania city.

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