New model for the Region changes the bureaucratic apparatus

The organizational model of the regional administrative machine changes. And the new political advisers of President Emiliano arrive. The first aspect, preparatory to the second, is the most important and most significant. was signed by the governor on January 22. the new model of regional bureaucracy, the so-called Maia 2.0. It introduces some important innovations compared to the first version: the departments (maximum management structure, the top of the administrative apparatus) from 6 which were now 10. One for each department.
A notable change, experience will tell if it was an appropriate choice. Already with the Vendola junta and then with the first Emilian government, it was decided that the various administrative branches should merge into departments conceived for functionality and consistency of matter. Thus a director of a department (or area, as defined by Vendola) could manage several branches of the bureaucracy and speak with several councilors. The members of the junta, in turn, were characterized by the proxies received. And it could certainly happen that a councilor had to manage activities that belonged to several departments. Now the symmetrical logic: a director corresponds to a councilor. In some ways, it could be a straitjacket.

The departments

These are the departments: 1) health, 2) economic development, 3) tourism, economy of culture and development of the territory, 4) agriculture, 5) mobility, 6) welfare, 7) environment, landscape and urban quality, 8) budget, general affairs and infrastructures, 9) personnel and organization, 10) labor policies. The current department heads remain in office by extension. At the end of February, after the examination of the applications received, they will be chosen personal the new ten. Under the department, there are the sections and below again the services.
The new model includes the president’s spokesperson, previously press officer. But there is not only the name change. After the intervention of the State Council which excluded the journalistic contract for journalists working in the public administration, providing for them the role of officials, it was decided to establish the new figure. The spokesperson may be hired from outside, for a fixed term, with a private law contract and journalistic contract. Salary as a section manager. Remains in the position, with the current salary and contract, the journalist Elena Laterza. Being a regional official, she will return to her post when Emiliano leaves office.
The office of the cabinet is enriched by the figure of the deputy head (a role in which Emiliano’s former adviser and pd candidate, Domenico De Santis, went). The role of the General Secretariat, the top of the bureaucracy, is more clearly distinguished from the cabinet, which is assigned political functions in a broad sense.

Who enters and who leaves

As in the past, the chairman’s directors are expected: some remunerated and others free of charge. These are the appointments. Rocco De Franchi (one of the animators of the Con list) leaves the scene. While Giovanni Procacci remains (he will do it without compensation: retired, he cannot receive remuneration). Titti De Simone (implementation of the program, 60 thousand euros per year), Fabio Di Fonte (technological equipment, 75 thousand). Enter the former councilor of Civic Sense Mino Borraccino (on the strategic plan for Taranto), the former candidate of Italy in common Rosario Cusmai (relations with trade unions and local authorities), the former mayor of Manfredonia, Angelo Riccardi (Environment). For the latter, 30 thousand euros per year.
Councilors increase, explains the presidency, but spending decreases: 270 thousand euros were spent per year in the previous legislature. Now, without De Franchi and without the cost of Procacci and De Santis (who entered the administrative roles), the directors cost 230 thousand euros.

January 30, 2021 | 16:50


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