Chiara Laghi was unanimously confirmed as President of Confcooperative Culture Tourism Sport Emilia-Romagna, the regional federation which brings together 148 cooperatives active in the three different sectors, with 9,232 members, 1,287 employees and a turnover of 50 million euros. The election came after the regional assembly of the federation held this morning at the Palazzo della Cooperazione in Bologna, in which (among others) the former coach of the national volleyball team took part -ball. Mauro BerrutoDirector of the Center for Studies and Deputy Secretary General of Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna Guido Caselli and the Regional Councilor for Tourism and Trade Andrea Corsini.
The works were opened by the greeting of the president of Confcooperative Emilia Romagna Francesco Spzawhile the conclusions were entrusted to the national president of the Confcooperative Cultura Turismo Sport Irene Bongiovanni.
Faentina, 44 years old, since the beginning of her professional activity engaged in cultural cooperation with particular attention to collaboration with public and ecclesiastical bodies, Chiara Laghi thus begins her second mandate as president of the regional federation that she directed these last 4 years, during which he also held the position of National Vice-President.
“The pandemic has shown the vulnerability of our sectors, often wrongly considered non-essential. Instead, we believe that culture, tourism and sport have a fundamental function for our society, also in terms of preventing social problems, health and education. A function that must be fully recognised,” he said. Chiara Laghi, reconfirmed president of Confcooperative Cultura Turismo Sport Emilia Romagna. “These years have been very difficult, our activities have decreased and, compared to the pre-pandemic period, turnover has fallen sharply due to the general shutdown of almost all activities. If that were not enough – added Laghi – we are now faced with energy increases and inflation in general, which will encourage families to further reduce access to the services offered by our companies”. However, the reconfirmed president made a point of underlining the optimism which must characterize these sectors. “We can no longer limit ourselves to carrying out the activity of institutional representation, as we have done in recent years – commented Laghi – because, also in light of the opportunities opened up by the PNRR, we are called as a Federation to be propellants and bearers of projects and initiatives capable of bringing together different territories, production sectors, skills and technologies, as happened with the recent Bandi Borghi or with tools such as Art Bonus, the function of cultural, tourism and sports cooperation is to become a co-planning tool at the service of our communities”.
“Sport and culture are fundamental elements of our regional tourist offer, especially in terms of territorial marketing – he said in his speech Andrea Corsini, Regional Councilor for Tourism and Trade -. Let us think, for example, of the 100 major sporting events that we will host this year, starting with Formula 1 in Imola with the related activities it generates, and of the growth that religious and spiritual paths have experienced, for which we have signed a special agreement with the Episcopal Conference. It is especially in areas such as these that cooperation can contribute to the development of territories, despite all the difficulties that these sectors have experienced in the past two years”.
CULTURE, TOURISM AND SPORT: FOCUS UNIONCAMERE EMILIA-ROMAGNE
According to data from the register of companies processed by Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna, in the last 6 years (2015-2021) cooperation in the culture, publishing, tourism and sports sectors in the region has recorded a reduction in the number of companies (-12.1%, down to 695) in line with the general drop in all cooperatives (-11.4%, equal to 4,562). On the other hand, in positive terms, the number of employees who for the cooperatives of Emilia-Romagna in this supply chain have experienced an increase of + 19% over the period 2015-2021 (+ 8.3% in comparison over 2020), against substantial resistance (+0.2%) for the employees of the total of cooperatives (242,074) and a slightly more contained increase compared to the total of companies in all the sectors concerned (+17.2%) which has seen a real boom in cooperative employees over the past 6 years (+127%), followed by media and publishing (+66%) and culture (+22%).
Regarding turnover, between 2016 and 2019 there was a 2.5% increase for cooperatives (+ 6.8% for the whole supply chain), but the confinement of 2020 has heavily penalized the budgets of these companies which, in just one year (2019-2020 comparison) recorded a drop of 24.3% for cooperatives and 20.4% for other forms of business.
“The challenge of the future for these sectors lies mainly in the ability to meet the demands for new jobs that come from the market – he explained in his speech. Guido Caselli, Deputy General Secretary of Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna -. 46% of the professional profiles required by companies are not available, often due to a lack of skills: data analysts, augmented reality experts, blockchain experts are lacking… especially these skills in the digital field which today represent a fundamental requirement also for those who work in culture, lack in the world of publishing, in the tourism and hospitality sector as well as in sport. The growth of these sectors depends above all on the ability to find answers to this need for new skills”.