Genoa - The future of the Fiera and of the port of Genoa. Much is at stake during this year’s Yacht Show, and many things are coming across the desk of Edoardo Rixi, who has only been Liguria’s Councilman for Economic Development and Ports for a few months, a post that puts him on the front line of planning both the Blue print and dealing with the Port Authority. It is not a major surprise that on the question of the Fiera di Genova areas, Rixi doesn’t see eye to eye with Luigi Merlo: “The Blueprint is a splendid overall design, but we also need to look at the individual parts, and it should not put a brake on the economy of the Fiera, which should be reorganized.”
In particular in the use of the wharf and pavilion B, which Rixi imagines will be given as a concession to companies in the yachting sector for “permanent showrooms” and to extend the idea of the Yachting Show throughout the entire year. “The Fiera should be able to stand on its own two feet, making use of the spaces that it has. It should not depend on major events, alone.” Is it a revival of the I Saloni Nautici project (the Yachting Centre) which was set aside after the clash with Merlo over concessions? Also, Edoardo Rixi said yesterday that he “wants to have a say in decisions on the new management of the Port Authorities and will say ‘no’ to managers sent from Rome. We are claiming the autonomy of the local area in terms of port governance.”
This claim, in fact, supports an M5S motion passed by the regional council with twenty-one votes in favour (M5S plus the centre-right majority), seven against (Democratic Party) and one abstention (Rete a Sinistra). The M5S group did not accept the Democratic Party’s proposal to add “core freight villages” with reference to the port of Savona, which led to the vote against from the Democratic Party. “The right and the Five Star Movement have closed the door to the autonomy of the port of Savona,” Rafaella Paita said. Alice Salvatore (M5S) instead invited President Matteo Renzi “to arrange for the region’s participation on the issue of ports. It cannot all be delegated to Rome.”The revision was welcomed by the regional group leader of the Northern League, Alessandro Piana, which obliges Giunta Toti to “keep the four billion in tax revenue that Liguria’s ports produce each year, in Liguria.” The M5S motion was proposed in an almost identical fashion in the Municipality, and passed with a commitment to provide “local authorities and Regional authorities a stake in the nomination of presidents of the new Port Authorities.”
They ask “that it be taken into consideration when the new port authorities and the network of core ports have been identified. Also, in the event of unification with other authorities, that it be planned with the agreement of the Regions in question.” The Democratic Party in the City Council voted yes.