ROME. On the pnrr "from the beginning we told the Conte government that it was not going in the right direction" reiterated the president of Confindustria, Carlo Bonomi, speaking on "Start" on Sky Tg24. "If we make roundabouts and cycle paths, we are moving towards sustainability, but we do not create GDP: we are getting into debt in the name of future generations", so that "the last installment of the Pnrr in 2058 will be paid by a boy who has not yet been born". If the money does not aim at the growth of the country - Bonomi continues -, "there is damage to future generations, while "part of the funds must be used to stimulate investments in transitions and growth of the country".
Interest rate policy
"We are not convinced by the interest rate policy, especially that of the announcements that frighten the markets". «We – says the president of Confindustria – had estimated inflation at 5-6% at the end of this year, but now we have revised the estimates and it could be lower than 3-4%. It's not about the ECB's policies: history teaches us that inflation doesn't come down by raising rates. Anti-inflation isn't countered by just raising rates. Unfortunately it's in their DNA, it's a historic problem.
Exceptional measures against the heat
Speaking to "Start", the president of Confindustria, in these days of great heat, supports the urgency of protecting workers and proposes to "pursue the Covid model by signing a protocol between employers' associations and trade unions to allow for extraordinary solutions for everyone". «We are talking – he says – about something particular about smart working, again widening the possibility to allow not to move and stay at home». Then a series of solutions, including layoffs even for the most risky jobs. For Bonomi, "thinking of having to risk one's life because one goes to work is something that must make everyone think, not just a theme of the employers' association, but a theme of the unions and the government".
"Europe does not consider the green transition"
The energy transition is "certainly a great opportunity", but it must go hand in hand with "social and economic sustainability, otherwise everything collapses", says Bonomi. He mentions the ban on fuel-powered cars scheduled for 2030: «If I shut down 70,000 automotive seats, it's not like the next day I find another 70,000. We need to relocate the workers, train them. This is the problem: Europe has not considered these issues".