In line with the Government’s planned containment of public expenditure , the Defence Minister, Senator Roberta Pinotti, launched a disposal, enhancement and transfer program aimed at cutting real estate rental and management costs, thus contributing to reducing Italy’s public debt.
The Ministry of Defence, in compliance with 2015 Stability Law , is contributing to meeting the objective of rationalizing public expenditure by saving at least € 220 million in 2015 and 100 million in 2016/17. To do so, the Ministry can count on revenues from the enhancement process of over 1,500 infrastructures such as barracks and defense and storage facilities no longer needed for institutional purposes, as well as over 3,000 apartments.
The “Task Force for the enhancement and disposal of Defence non-residential buildings”, i.e. the recently established dedicated working group, in cooperation with the Property Management Agency and various local administrations, Rome, Florence, Milan, Naples and Turin among them, is dealing with the 1,500 building enhancement program, aimed at earning further resources for the national budget as well as re-functionalizing infrastructures no longer used for military purposes. Moreover, the Defence Public Works and Property Management Directorate is coordinating the sale of approximately 3,000 apartments and houses. In particular, starting from January 2015, the auction sale program was launched, and the first invitation to tender included 611 apartments and houses in 13 Italian regions: Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Latium, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Piedmont, Apulia, Sicily, Tuscany and Veneto.
To facilitate the disposal process, in November 2014 the Ministry of Defence signed an Agreement with the National Council of Notary Public, which made its electronic auction system available to the public so that citizen may, in an absolutely secure way and saving on costs, participate in the auction via computer through Notary Public offices located all over Italy. All information about auction lots – list of the 637 dwelling buildings, auction regulations and description of auctioned properties- are published at www.difesa.it and www.notariato.it. Auctions will take place in two stages: participation in the first is limited to civilian and military personnel of the Ministry of Defence with the necessary requirements; the second phase takes place if the first one was unsuccessful, and is open to the public. The above-mentioned sites offer also information on 70 prestigious dwelling units located in Alessandria, Capua, Caserta, Gorizia, La Spezia, Pistoia and Trieste and on further 424 dwelling units located in the above-mentioned regions.