Paolo Testa, Head of Urban Planning and Urban Regeneration, Confcommercio-Imprese for Italy

The meeting aims to provide a frame of reference of European policies for cities – starting from the initiatives contained in the Cohesion Policy and the interventions provided for by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – to investigate the guidelines and impacts on local economies and enhance the contributions from the world of urban economy.

For this reason, the dialogue between representatives – national and local – of Confcommercio-Imprese for Italy, representatives of municipal administrations and European design experts will be encouraged. On the one hand, therefore, we will discuss the role of companies in the tertiary market in the definition and participation in European strategies of economic and urban development while, on the other hand, some local experiences will be illustrated where the local economy has represented the transformation lever of the built environment. the encounter will be also the occasion for an update on the plan cities – City and Tertiary: Innovation Economy and Sociality, the distance of Confcommercio-Companies for Italy that considers cities as laboratories of change and is proposed as a multidisciplinary knowledge platform to improve urban centers and support urban economies.


14:00 – 14:30 registration

14:30 – 14:40

Carlo Sangalli*, President Confcommercio-Imprese for Italy

Welcome greetings
Aldo Mario Cursano, President Confcommercio Florence-Arezzo
Michele Talia, INU President

“Proximity economies for the future of urban centres. The cities project”
Paolo Testa, Head of Urban Planning and Urban Regeneration, Confcommercio-Imprese for Italy

“The future of neighbourhood economies in Europe”
Carlo Massoletti, member of the Committee responsible for the coordination of European Policies, Confcommercio-Imprese for Italy

15:40 – 16:45

First Round Table
Europe and cities: the contribution of local economies

Paola Pierotti, journalist PPAN


Elisabetta Coscia, Head of Delegation to the European Union, Confcommercio-Imprese for Italy
Antonella Galdi, Deputy Secretary General, ANCI – National Association of Italian Municipalities
Benedetta Squittieri, Assessora al bilancio, sviluppo economico, innovazione e agenda digitale, Comune di Prato
Tommaso Dal Bosco, President, AUDIS – Association of Disused Urban Areas

16:45 – 18:00

Second Round Table
Experiences of urban-economic regeneration and European policies

Paolo Testa, Head of Urban Planning and Urban Regeneration, Confcommercio-Imprese for Italy


Elisa Filippi, Lead expert, URBACT Program
Manuel Torresan, Architect Urban Planning and Urban Regeneration, Confcommercio-Imprese for Italy
Vito Signati, Coordinator, Mirabilia Network Association
Noemi Simonini, Director, Confcommercio Venezia
Andrea Barasolo, Director, Confcommercio Vercelli
Franco Marinoni, Director, Confcommercio Florence and Arezzo

18:00 – 18:30

Debate and conclusions

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