How much do postage costs cost to Italian regions and cities? To calculate it an Adnkronos report from Administrative Gazette of the Republic Foundationwhich, in the context of the ‘Pitagora’ projecthas drawn up a ranking of the costs incurred in 2020 by Regions and provincial capitals for the maintenance of their offices and structures, complete with rating assignments.
The Research Center of the Foundation, in fact, analyzes all the official financial data of the public body in question and through scientific research algorithms identifies potential waste, or critical expenses in public accounts. The expenses of the institution in relation to the individual items are compared with the reference benchmark and, depending on the levels of expenditure variance identified, we speak of ‘positive performance’ (when expenditure is less than or equal to the average), slight ‘(when the expenditure is between the average expenditure and 30% more),’ considerable deviation ‘(when the expenditure is between the slight deviation and 100% more),’ expenditure out of control ‘(when the expenditure exceeds the average expenditure by more than 100%). The rating – which is based exclusively on objective accounting data free from any discretionary evaluation – assigns the triple ‘A’ to the best performance, while the letter ‘C’ is attributed to the worst. Here are all the data.
CAMPANIA, LAZIO, MORE VIRTUOUS BRANDS – Campania, Lazio and Marche are the most ‘virtuous’ Italian regions in the body’s postal expenses. Three Regions that are awarded the overall AAA rating in the special ranking. In particular, for postal expenses, Campania invested 61,731.54 euros in 2020, Lazio 74,869.28 euros and the Marche 21,552.19 euros.
Among the most efficient regions for this item of expenditure, with a rating between A and AAA, we find with the AA Abruzzo (27,748.39 euros), Emilia-Romagna (105,938.27), Puglia (115,068.61) and Umbria ( 29,827.03), while Liguria (62,850.84) and Sicily (392,013.85) get the A. On the other hand, the Regions with ‘intermediate’ performances include BBB Calabria (286,750.56 euros) and Tuscany (543,537.83), BB Lombardy (1,517,881.86) and Piedmont (1,143,523.21) and with B Basilicata (177,543.47). While the data for Friuli Venezia Giulia, Sardinia, Trentino Alto Adige and Valle d’Aosta are not comparable for this item.
C RATING FOR MOLISE AND VENETO – Molise and Veneto are the least efficient Regions in the post office expenses. They are the only Italian regions to receive the ‘C’, the worst rating assigned by the ranking.
Specifically, for this item, in 2020, Veneto spent a good 2,872,873.03 and Molise 198,400.67 euros. In Veneto, this expense spiked in 2019, jumping to 3,697,364.95, from 208,834.10 in 2018 and 147,484.16 in 2017, to decrease in 2020 while maintaining the record level of 2,872,873.03 euros.
POSTAL EXPENSES RECORD IN VENETO – Veneto is the Italian region that, in absolute value, holds the record for postal expenses: 2,872,873.03 euros in 2020, a figure that leads it to have the worst rating, C, for this item. This is what emerges from the special classification prepared for Adnkronos by the Administrative Journal Foundation of the Italian Republic.
Immediately after Veneto, among the regions with the highest amounts of expenditure for this item, the following stand out, in order: Lombardy (1,517,881.86 euros), Piedmont (1,143,523.21), Friuli Venezia Giulia (925,522, 68), Tuscany (543,537.83). A little lower, but always above 100,000 euros, the expenditure of Sicily (392,013.85), Calabria (286,750.56), Valle d’Aosta (206,040.71), Molise (198,400.67), Basilicata (177,543 , 47), Puglia (115,068.61), Emilia-Romagna (105,938.27).
IN SARDINIA THE LOWER POSTAL EXPENSES IN ABSOLUTE – Sardinia is the Italian region which, in absolute values, has the lowest postal expenditure, equal to 2,753.44 in 2020, still emerges from the ranking.
Among the Regions that spend less on this item, again in absolute values, with an amount of less than 100.00 euros, we find: Lazio (74,869.28), Liguria (62,850.84), Trentino Alto Adige (62,844.19), Campania ( 61,731.54), Umbria (29,827.03), Abruzzo (27,748.39), Marche (21,552.19).
10 CAPITALS PROMOTED WITH TRIPLE ‘A’ – Ten Italian provincial capitals ‘promoted’ with the triple AAA in the management of postal expenses, the Administrative Gazette Foundation of the Italian Republic decrees. The most ‘virtuous’ for this cost item of the institution, thus obtaining the highest rating, are: Isernia, which spent just 280.60 euros in 2020, and then Andria (13,745.14), Salerno (36,333.45 ), Ravenna (55,668.28), Latina (56,279.30), Trieste (72,047.38), Parma (90,254.31), Padua (104,393.64), Genoa (203,228.29) and Turin (211,688.63) .
Following in the ranking, among the most virtuous cities for this expense item, with the AA: Perugia, Monza, Taranto, La Spezia, Sassari, Vercelli, Modena, Pescara, Grosseto, Pisa, Naples, Novara, Oristano, Teramo, Pesaro , Cesena, Forlì, Crotone, Terni, Lucca, Rieti, Pistoia, Rimini, Palermo, Campobasso, Aosta, Prato, Potenza. And with A: Biella, Bolzano, Ferrara, Messina, Arezzo, Fermo, Belluno, Livorno, Viterbo, Reggio Calabria, Imperia, Matera, Barletta, Gorizia, Pordenone, Como, Sondrio, Verbania, L’Aquila, Benevento, Rome, Trapani, Siena, Brescia, Cagliari, Bari, Caltanissetta, Massa.
THE LESS EFFICIENT CAPITALS – Milan, Florence, Mantua, Cosenza and Macerata are the provincial capitals less ‘efficient’ in the body’s postal expenses. Enough to deserve the C rating, the lowest (Here the table).
But what are the postage costs in these entities in 2020? Analyzing the ranking, it turns out that Milan spent € 24,827,494.94 for this item, Florence 7,266,297.43, Cosenza 628,027.38, Macerata 505,494.70, Mantua 391,920.96.
They obtain an intermediate rating in the ranking: Lecce, Trento, Treviso, Vicenza, Venice, Pavia, Bergamo, Vibo Valentia, Enna, Chieti, Brindisi, Caserta, Bologna, Ragusa, to which the B goes; Trani, Syracuse, Varese, Rovigo, Agrigento, Piacenza, Asti, Lecco, Frosinone, Ancona, Carbonia, Verona with the BB; Cremona, Cuneo, Catanzaro, Alessandria, Udine, Reggio Emilia, Ascoli Piceno, Catania, Nuoro, Avellino, Savona, Urbino who receive the BBB. The Foggia data is not comparable (Table 1-Table 2 – Table 3 – Table 4 – Table 5).
RECORD POSTAL EXPENSES IN MILAN – Milan is therefore the provincial capital which, in absolute values, has the highest output for postal expenses, reaching the record figure of 24,827,494.94 euros in 2020. In second place, with 12,677,577.91, is Rome.
After Milan and Rome, among the cities with the highest postal costs, over 1,000,000 euros, follow in the ranking: Florence (7,266,297.43 euros), Bologna (5,809,177.35), Venice (2,987. 300.91), Verona (2,651,324.78), Catania (2,068,083.16), Bari (1,578,841.37), Palermo (1,155,470.32), Reggio Emilia (1,095,236.85) , Naples (1,037,216.01).
SERNIA CITY WITH ABSOLUTELY LOWEST POSTAL COSTS – Isernia is the most ‘thrifty’ provincial capital in terms of postal costs, which amount to just 280.60 euros in 2020, can still be seen from the special ranking.
Among the Regions that for this expense item are able to make more ‘savings’, remaining below 50,000 euros, we find in order: Belluno (50,000.00), Pesaro (49,380.01), Novara (48,467.78), Fermo (45,428.13), Pescara (45,412.36), Biella (43,105.48), Pisa (39,079.84), Salerno (36,333.45), Crotone (36,240.96), Campobasso (35,985.89), Grosseto (33,069.32), Sondrio (32,935.47), Urbino (32,359.67), Rieti (31,514.10), Aosta (26,956.65), Teramo (26,563.50), La Spezia (23,125.34), Oristano (15,850.81) and, finally, Andria and Vercelli which, respectively, with 13,745.14 and 13,585.07, hold the second and third place after Isernia among the capitals with the lowest expenditure.
THE COMMENT – “Postal expenses represent an important indicator with regard to the degree of dematerialization of the institution, since now many communications that previously took place through the postal service (registered with return receipt, express, insured) today are carried out by telematics via email, pec, etc. From a formal point of view, in fact, certified e-mail has the same legal value as registered mail. In both systems, full proof of both dispatch and receipt is offered ”. This is the comment of the Administrative Gazette of the Italian Republic on the report it produced for Adnkronos.
“The Pec, first of all, offers the certification of the integrity and immutability of the message, but also – he explains – the full proof of the sending, receiving of the communication and of the text of the message. The substance of the communication is clearly more difficult to prove in the case of a registered letter “ì. It must be said – he points out – that in some cases, now more and more sporadic, the use of the postal service is still essential as in the case in which the citizen’s Pec is not known. In these circumstances, for some years there may be peaks in postage costs that are absolutely justified, especially in terms of tax collection, for example in the case of speed cameras. This is why the intent of the Pythagoras system is absolutely collaborative and not sanctioning. In other words, it is indicated as an alert subject to verification regarding the adequacy of the entity’s expenditure “.
“Today in digital processes, the sending of notes, deeds, or specific documents occurs almost automatically at the outcome of a procedure. This is why the marker object of today’s inspection represents the degree of technological emancipation not only of the equipment and systems supplied to the body but also the degree of technological literacy of human resources “, he concludes.
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