How much do the Italian regions spend on public relations, conferences, exhibitions and advertising? To calculate it, a report created for Adnkronos by the Administrative Gazette of the Italian Republic Foundation, which, as part of the ‘Pitagora’ project, has drawn up a ranking of the costs incurred by the Regions in 2020 (for this item of expenditure they are not taken into consideration the data of the provincial capitals as in this case not comparable) 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. THE RANKING – Campania and Tuscany are the most ‘virtuous’ Italian regions in the expenses incurred for public relations, conferences, exhibitions and advertising. In particular, for this type of expenditure, in 2020, Campania spent 479,048.39 euros and Tuscany 119,683.86. TABLES: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 Among the most efficient Regions for this item, with a rating including between A and AAA, we find three more with the double AA – Abruzzo (230,514.44 euros), Puglia (602,133.77), Veneto (604,280.32) – and a further three with the A: Molise (109,857.11 euros) , Sicily (1,832,925.73), Umbria (249,760.29). Among the Regions with ‘intermediate’ performances, on the other hand, are BBB Lazio (2,569,062.79 euros) and Lombardy (4,154,993.81), with the BB Basilicata (427.122.14) and Calabria (1.234.464.16), and with the B Piedmont (188.8.131.52). While the data for Friuli Venezia Giulia, Sardinia, Trentino Alto Adige, Valle d’Aosta are not comparable for this item.
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