Located at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, with 40 major ports and 42 airports, Italy is a strategic gateway between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
The Strategic Plan enacted by the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport has developed 4 strategies to improve connectivity by:
- prioritizing strategic public works
- betting on intermodality to encourage the modal shift
- improving the technological dimension of infrastructures and investing on a solid maintenance program
- planning and financing a relevant investment plan in the urban areas
The New Public Procurement Legislation and Concession Contracts Code has transposed the public procurement and concessions European Directives. It regulates the planning, programming and designing activities, key stages for the tender station, the procedures for the award of contracts, identifying common basic principles for all types of contract to be followed, such as transparency, cost efficiency, effectiveness, correctness, timing, and free competition.
A more efficient National Port System: the 58 main Italian Ports have now been organized into 15 new Port System Authorities, coordinated by the National Coordination Conference established within the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport.
- Four out of nine European Core Network Corridors (TEN-T) run across Italy
- Capillary railway network, most of which (approximately 60%) is part of strategic European corridors (TEN-T CNC)
- 14 maritime ports are listed within priority nodes at European level (Core Network); no infrastructural capacity constraints to limit maritime traffic flows (in particular for transshipment container traffic)
- 10 airports are listed within priority hubs at European level (Core Network).