Our international structure and presence brings us into contact with a wide range of different realities. This requires a thorough understanding of the territory and of the needs of our stakeholders in order to effectively respond to requests and define priorities.
The relationship and dialogue with communities and institutions is managed at Parent Company level through the Public Affairs Department – Central and Local Government Relations and the Brussels Representative Office, which oversees European institutional affairs.
- our direct link to national and European Institutions as well as Public Administrations, through which we attempt to channel all the requests from and to the territories;
- the Fincantieri Group and all our affiliated companies before the Parliament, the Government, and the national and European Institutions, the actions of which may have direct or indirect impact on the Company, through symmetrical relationships with their counterparts.
We have structured a process based on mutual trust, presenting the Group's point of view on the positions of public decision-makers, supporting corporate motions in full transparency, also by developing position papers supported by legal-normative, scientific, and economic foundations.
In particular, the reference activities of the Public Affairs Department follow two main guidelines:
- management of emergencies: along with the strategic actions put in place to always guarantee the full production operations of our sites, in 2021 the Group also addressed issues related to its international dimension. Through constant dialogue with the relevant Italian Ministries and Italian Embassies abroad, it was possible to fully guarantee the Group's safety and operations even in emergency situations related to the pandemic;
- National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR - Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza): Fincantieri has proactively contributed to the definition of general-interest proposals to be included in wide-ranging projects to be developed within the Plan's macro-areas of reference, with the goal of relaunching the country and its production and employment fabric.
The Public Affairs Department regards sustainability as an essential component in its institutional activities, capable of providing added value to both corporate strategies and the national sustainable development agenda. In particular, in the environmental field, the Department actively promoted to the relevant political and administrative authorities regulations and measures to support the circular economy and ecological transition. This resulted in the establishment of the New Sustainable Dredging Plan and the provision of the option of full re-use - via ecocompatible procedures - of sediments recovered from dredging. Furthermore, the Department supported the Company in the institutional interlocutions for the hydrogen IPCEI (Important Project of Common European Interest) project with the aim of promoting the decarbonisation of marine transport, including the cruise industry that offers multiple opportunities for development.
The administrative and strategic support actions carried out by the Department have resulted in: the promotion of incentive measures for the ecological reconversion of private national vessels for a new Italian green fleet, the national plan of "cold ironing" for the abatement of CO2 emissions in the national ports and the relative normative modifications to the electric tariff necessary to stimulate the use of the electric energy from earth for the shipowners, the "floating offshore wind" plan necessary for the introduction of this type of electricity production from renewable sources within the national supply funds.
Relations at European level are ensured by the Fincantieri Office in Brussels, whose activities aim to strengthen the dialogue with institutions and stakeholders, and to represent corporate interests directly with the interlocutors of the European Institutions and within the associative sphere.
There are numerous topics on the European political agenda. Among the latter stand out: decarbonisation strategies defined by the EU Green Deal, internal market and international trade initiatives, environmental, energy and sustainable mobility policies, corporate governance and green finance, digital transition and research and innovation programmes, as well as European security and defence issues.
In line with the Company’s commitment to these issues, in April 2022, Fincantieri was appointed President of the marine segment of the new industrial Alliance, launched by the European Commission, dedicated to the value chains of renewable and low-emission fuels. The Alliance’s goal is to promote the availability and use of these types of fuels throughout the entire marine industry, thereby actively contributing to the decarbonisation of this vital ecosystem and meeting the emission reduction targets for 2030 and 2050.
Additionally, the company holds a leadership role also in the context of the industry of the EU defence, thanks its recent nomination to the Presidency of SEA Naval, the European shipbuilding forum, with the aim of providing sustainability contributions also for the development of the green energy and security segments.