Here is the Fund for Innovation and Digitization

Here is the Fund for Innovation and Digitization
The doors of the Fund for technological innovation and digitization wanted and managed by Minister Paola Pisano have officially opened a few hours ago. 43 million out of the total 50 million available will be made available to Municipalities and aimed at the digital transformation of these Bodies so that the work of those who, in direct contact with companies and citizens, represent the terminal of the bureaucratic machine of the Public Administration can be supported. In short, one cannot imagine a true digital transformation of the PA if the Municipalities are not supported on this path: the Fund identifies in this deficiency an element on which to necessarily act to complete the framework envisaged by the Government project.

For the digitization of Municipalities

The Public Notice for Municipalities has been published on the PagoPA website: it provides for the allocation of resources to municipal administrations which by 28 February 2021 will have complied with the provisions of the Legislative Decree "Simplification and digital innovation": "make your services accessible online through the Public Digital Identity System (Spid), complete the integration of the pagoPA payment platform into their collection systems and start making services also from smartphones through the IO application ".

For the Municipalities, especially the smaller ones, it is certainly not an easy path by virtue of lack of personnel, funds and times. The paperwork to be carried out is in fact added to the many others in the hands of small staff (which have been stopped for years by virtue of a spending review that has not granted margins) and for many it will therefore be complex to try to pursue this opportunity. Reads the communication on the website of the Ministry for Technological Innovation and Digitization:

Entities that have already been admitted to the public notice can also apply for contributions from the Fund for technological innovation and digitization. 'Notice for "strengthening the administrative capacity of small municipalities" published by the Department of the Civil Service and addressed to municipalities under 5,000 inhabitants.

Time, however, is short: to access the Fund, an appropriate application must be submitted of accession by January 15th. The fee will then be disbursed in two stages: 20% for activities already completed by February and 80% for activities completed by December 2021. To reach out to the Administrations concerned, the Department for Digital Transformation promises to make available "a group of experts to facilitate technical and administrative procedures and operating manuals dedicated to the enabling platforms (Spid, PagoPA, App IO) covered by the Fund".