Cipnes reacquires the Geovillage for its revival

Call for investors to submit expressions of interest

Cipnes has launched the procedure for the reacquisition of the areas and facilities of the Geovillage in Olbia, in its time sold to the company "Sviluppo Olbia Spa" currently in bankruptcy, and for the subsequent reassignment to an entrepreneur, or group of entrepreneurs, through a competitive selection process. Expressions of interest in the Geovillage must be received by Cipnes by March 1, 2021 by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The assets will be managed by the new investor with the current productive function of tourism-hotel and sports. The expropriation will cover an area of 18 hectares (of which 6 of green equipped) with a covered area of 26 thousand square meters for a total built volume of about 147 thousand cubic meters.

The decision of the CIPNES, taken on the basis of its institutional mission and in light of the needs expressed by sports associations in the area was dictated by the desire to safeguard, revive and enhance the great sports and social heritage of Geovillage that - with a hotel, tennis courts, basketball courts and volleyball courts, spas, bars, restaurants and green areas - has greatly enriched the offer of the Olbia production district. It is a choice that perfectly represents the need to open the new year, after the great difficulties of 2020 for the pandemic, with a signal of strong hope and optimism in favor of entrepreneurial initiatives, employment and enhancement of the destination Gallura.

Here is, in detail, what the call for expressions of interest consists of. The CIPNES has initiated the administrative procedure for the (re)acquisition of the Geovillage production site [paragraph 4 of art. 63 of Law no. 448 of 1998 ("Measures to encourage industrial development"]. The CIPNES expropriated those lands for public utility and then transferred them at a concessionary rate [under Art. 53, paragraph 7, of Presidential Decree 218/78] to the company Sviluppo Olbia Spa, currently in bankruptcy, under an administrative agreement signed on 31 March 2000, to be tied to the establishment and development of accommodation services, sports facilities and other entrepreneurial initiatives of social utility within the scope of the Olbia consortium district planned, infrastructured and managed by the CIPNES to encourage the establishment and expansion of industrial, commercial and craft production and services of public utility [Regional Law No. 10/2008, Art. 50]. 10/2008, art. 50 et seq. of Presidential Decree 218/78 and art. 36 of Law 317/1991].

The real estate (re)acquisition by CIPNES - justified by the bankruptcy of the "Sviluppo Olbia Spa" and therefore by the cessation of the peculiar entrepreneurial activity of socio-economic value and of the similar one temporarily pursued by the tenant of the company branch Real Effegi Srl - is aimed at the (resolutively conditional) assignment of the real estate compendium to a qualified economic operator to be selected, interested in continuously carrying out productive activity in accordance with the binding uses of public utility in the sector of accommodation, sports and social-recreational services. This will take place on the basis of a transfer price in favor of the selected investor, with regard to the buildings and the buildings constructed by the bankrupt company Sviluppo Olbia Spa, corresponding to the value estimated by an independent expert, less any discounted public contributions received by the bankrupt company Sviluppo Olbia Spa for the construction and operation of the productive settlement, as well as on the basis of the discounted price sustained by the expropriating company for the acquisition (resolutively conditioned) of the land productively built by it [paragraph 3, art. 63, L. 448/98].

Investors interested in acquiring the properties and buildings are invited to submit a formal expression of interest to Cipnes if they meet the general requirements for contracting with public bodies [art. 80 of Legislative Decree no. 50/2016 (Public Contracts Code) as well as the necessary professional requirements, implying many years of experience and entrepreneurial and management reliability in the management of similar accommodation and hotel structures and facilities for sports, recreational and social services, as well as economic, financial and technical-organizational capacity and solidity. All this to ensure a useful and solid business management not seasonal but continuous for the entire annual period with adequate quality standards of the production settlement of Geovillage.

Here the notice with all the documentation



The maintenance of the productive district of Olbia starts

Regional funding to Cipnes for the viability and hydrogeological safety

In response to a request from the Industrial Consortiums, the Sardinia Region has financed a series of infrastructure projects for the six regional development areas. The total amount of investment is 12 million euros. Cipnes Gallura has been allocated 2 million 279 thousand euros, with which the body will upgrade the Olbia production district: it will resurface the road surface of 10 streets, build a new traffic circle and construct a white water pipeline for hydrogeological safety.

The CIPNES requested the funding because of the state of degradation in which the road network of the industrial area is currently located, due to the intense vehicular flow of heavy vehicles (and not) coming from the center of Olbia, entering and leaving the ports and the ring road. This is creating inconveniences both to the travel comfort of users and to their safety. There has been an increase in the number of extraordinary maintenance interventions for mechanical sweeping and the repair of joints and potholes. In addition, there was rapid wear and tear of the mat and the breaking or loosening of the joints of some viaducts, which were promptly replaced. Let's see in detail the interventions, which will be carried out in three months (in the photo the map of the works).

Extraordinary road maintenance. The intervention consists in milling and resurfacing the roads of the following streets: Mincio Street, Israel Street, Congo Street, Saudi Arabia Street, Namibia Street, Niger Street, Uganda Street, Rwanda Street, East Indonesia Street, West Indonesia Street, Guinea Street. Cipnes will create the new layer after the partial or total milling of the existing pavement. The wearing course will consist of a "modified bituminous conglomerate with optimized texture", hot mixed with modified Hard bitumen. A physical structural modifier and a cellulose-synthetic microfiber to be recovered as a stabilizer of the bituminous binder in the mix will be added to the aggregate mixture. The minimum average thickness of the mat will be 4 centimeters.In the streets affected by the intervention, Cipnes will also redo the horizontal signage.

Hydrogeological safety of the road system. The CIPNES will realize a white water pipeline in Arabia Saudita street. At present, the area of the intervention, with many productive activities present, is served by a disposal system composed of a 600 mm diameter pipeline where a series of existing drains along the road system converge. Following the considerable increase in the number of users and after an in-depth study, CIPNES deemed it necessary to build a new pipeline to replace the existing one, starting from the well at the intersection with Congo Street, running all the way along Saudi Arabia Street and discharging onto the existing pipeline located along Korea Street. The pipeline will be made of corrugated Pead.

New traffic circle. Cipnes will realize a new traffic circle in via Niger and via Namibia to connect via Rwanda and via Niger, thus making the traffic inside the productive district smoother. The greening of the central island and of the traffic island will be carried out.


"The University of Olbia is an excellence to be exported".

Interview with the new Magnificent Rector , Gavino Mariotti: "We support Gallura, but I expect high quality proposals"

As soon as he was elected, the Magnificent Rector of the University of Sassari, Gavino Mariotti, took actions that characterize his ideas: he went to the territories and met with the institutions to understand what they need. Because his strategic objective is to be a manager at the service of the community. A radically innovative philosophy from which Olbia and Gallura will also benefit.We interviewed the Magnificent Rector to let him explain what he intends to do.

"I am listening to the stakeholders to ensure a strong relationship between the University and the territory, but above all to ensure the territory that our students acquire knowledge and skills that serve the economy - replied the Rector - . Our goal is to understand the needs of the world of work, and provide the necessary professionalism. At the same time, with my meetings I want to understand how the territory intends to deal with the university. I ask everyone to submit indications to the University so that it can organize its educational offer according to the needs of Sardinia".

The new rector makes it perfectly clear what it means to be a community. "We are not the university of the city of Sassari, but the University of Sassari, without administrative boundaries - he explained -. Our natural perimeter is Sardinia: we are strong in Sardinia but open to Italy and Europe. We take into account various needs, various territories. Nuoro city and the whole province, Alghero, Oristano, Olbia and Gallura. To the mayors and to the President of Sardinia Region we offer not only didactics and research but also the role of planners of the growth and development of Sardinia. Also for the Recovery Plan: we are in the field not for funding but to help design projects. I have met with the mayors of Alghero, Nuoro, Arzachena, Porto Torres and Olbia and I am trying to outline a common action with all of them. We are an institution attentive to reality. We have 10 departments, 10 great professionals. Two of them, Agriculture and Veterinary, are unique in Sardinia; Architecture is partly so. Our educational offer is rich in all fields".

A few days ago, the Rector was in Olbia to meet with Mayor Settimo Nizzi and UniOlbia Consortium President Aldo Carta. The assembly of UniOlbia, of which Cipnes is a founding member, was underway. Some news emerged. The offices at the Olbia Expo, which will be the administrative and institutional headquarters of UniOl ia, will be ready by February 2021. Classrooms at the former Sep in Olbia will be ready by January 2021. For the classrooms of the former Upim the work has been financed and will start soon. For Olbia, the University and Ersu also plan to build student housing.

"The University in Olbia is a great example of things done well - said the Rector -. My colleagues who have worked in Olbia have done a superb job at the national level. They have done a great job not only in terms of teaching but also in human terms. They have integrated themselves into the city, they have shared its needs, they have helped it. Disea has brought the Olbia degree course to be an organizational model to be exported. I am very pleased with this excellence, and if I use the word excellence I do so with full awareness and rigor. The work will continue with UniOlbia. We are always ready to seize all solicitations. With Mater Olbia we are committed to synchronize a common action for the health of citizens. We are preparing to support all the projects that Gallura will propose, but we expect high quality proposals".

Cipnes doubles the Olbia ring road

A new 4-lane highway, regional funding of 92 million euros


CIPNES and the Region of Sardinia, with the Department of Public Works, have signed an administrative delegation for the construction of the new western Olbia ring road, which provides for the doubling of 5 kilometers of the current route and the construction of a new 6 kilometer section between the current junction for Santa Mariedda and the Basa commercial area. The work, included in the Pact for Sardinia, is of strategic importance as it will connect, on a 4-lane route, the interior of the island, from the junction on the 131 to Abbasanta, with the north of Gallura, to Santa Teresa Gallura. The current road was built between 1996 and 2004 and part of it will be destined to the local road system.

The total budget for the construction of the ring road is 91 million 800 thousand euros. For the design, there are 1 million 800 thousand euros, which come from the regional resources of the FSC 2014-2020 programmed by the CIPE resolution number 26 of August 10, 2016 and the regional council by resolution of January 22, 2019. For the construction, 90 million are available, which come from the resources of the Operational Plan FSC 2014-2020 by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, referred to Cipe resolution number 54 of December 1, 2016 and number 98 of December 22, 2017.
As the current owner and operator of the infrastructure, Cipnes will assume the role of implementing party for the design phase (final and executive) and for the implementation and management phase of the intervention, as provided for in the Convention signed with the Region.
Cipnes has published today the notice for the realization of the design. The process provides for the construction of the new ring road in four years, starting from the call for tenders, which takes 60 days.The provisional award takes 90 days, the final award 30 days; the conclusion of the contract 45 days; the execution 1080 days; the testing 60 days; the functionality 30 days.


Agcm gives the green light to the sale of Geasar to the F2i fund
For the authority there are no anti-competitive elements.
The Olbia and Alghero airports will have a single guide

The Antitrust Authority has decided not to launch any inquiry into the purchase of Geasar spa, the company that manages the Olbia airport, by the investment fund F2i. With the measure published today, Agcom has thus given the final go-ahead to the operation that will see Olbia and Alghero airports having the same majority shareholder.

Almost 80% of Geasar spa, currently owned by Prince Karim Aga Khan's company Alisarda, will pass under the control of F2 Aeroporti 2 srl, the holding company of F2i's Third Fund. The rest of Geasar's shareholders will remain unchanged: the Sassari Chamber of Commerce will retain 10%, the Nuoro Chamber of Commerce 8%, the Sardinian Regional Government 2% and the Costa Smeralda Consortium 0.2%. The share capital of F2i Airports 2 srl, following a capital increase connected with the Olbia transaction, will instead be held by a consortium comprising the ANIA Fund, with an absolute or relative controlling share; the Third Fund, with a qualified minority share; the Sardinia Foundation and any other co-investors with minority shares.

The operation, which will lead to a single management of the airports in northern Sardinia, does not therefore produce "anti-competitive effects in the markets". "Regarding the type of passengers - it is written in the measure of Agcm - note that, despite the tourist vocation of both airports of Olbia and Alghero, that of Olbia is also characterized by a strong development of private aviation (General Aviation), almost entirely absent in the airport of Alghero. Moreover, differences emerge between the two airports also considering the type of carriers, as Alghero airport is characterized by a more intense presence of low cost companies, interested in the overall offer of airport services and any advantageous conditions related to their use".

Regarding the geographical dimension, "by virtue of the distinction between the catchment areas of Alghero and Olbia airports, the transaction is not likely to generate horizontal overlapping effects in the market for services relating to centralized infrastructures", as the distance between the two airports is greater than 100 kilometers. "The same is true for the market of ground assistance services (handling) and that of commercial services, characterized by a geographical dimension coinciding with the single airport" concludes the Agcm.


The first Higher Technical Institute opens in Gallura

It will train experts of tourism and archaeological heritage.

Cipnes Gallura partner of the plan


The Gallura region now has the "HTS for Tourism and Cultural Activities of Sardinia", a professional post-diploma school that offers an alternative to university, highly qualified training to enter the world of work. There are 3 higher technical institutes in Sardinia (in Sassari, Macomer and Cagliari) and 93 in Italy. With the one in Olbia and Tempio - the courses will be held in the two cities and were made official two days ago by the Regional Councillor for Education, Andrea Biancareddu - therefore become four. There is time until December 21 to enroll and to do so will need to go on the site and navigate to the section "Training Courses".

There are about 10 thousand people enrolled in HTS in Italy, compared to one million in the Fachhochschulen (high level vocational schools) in Germany. Italy and Sardinia are thus working to catch up with the major European economies and offer companies the professions they are really looking for. According to data from the public HTS portal, 80% of HTS students in fact find work within a year; 50% of teachers come from companies; 30% of the duration of the courses is carried out in companies; 50% of the courses use Industry 4.0 technologies.

The Foundation that will hold the courses, called "HTS for Tourism and Cultural Activities Sardinia", co-financed by the European Social Fund and to which Cipnes Gallura has joined as a non-founding member, focuses the training on the area of "Innovative Technologies for Cultural Heritage and Activities - Tourism", as required by the public notice Sardinia Region and the national planning of the Ministry of Education.

50 students will be admitted: 25 of them will attend the lessons in Olbia, which is also the legal seat of the Foundation, and 25 in Tempio. The course of study will lead to a diploma of "Higher Technician for communication and marketing of tourism and cultural activities" and the certification of skills corresponds to the fifth level of the European Qualifications Framework - EQF. They are specialized professionals of which the economy of Gallura, very linked to tourism, needs to be always competitive in international markets.

The role of CIPNES within the Foundation will be strategic with respect to two operational aspects: on the one hand, thanks to the Insula program, it will be able to encourage and promote greater employability and mobility of new young people with the title of "Higher Technician" who, within the ETP (European Technology Platform) under construction in Cala Saccaia, will be able to experiment with preliminary training courses "on the job" in the planning, development and implementation of territorial marketing initiatives activated with the territorial districts partners (GAL, Unions of Municipalities, etc.. On the other hand, the Agency "Invest in Galllura" will be able to promote entrepreneurial paths by supporting those who intend to start up innovative start-ups in the field of "tourism-cultural heritage" capitalizing the training investment at the end of the academic course.


Tourists in Sardinia, -63% of foreigners but +35% of Sardinians

The Region has published data on arrivals in accommodation between January and September 2020


Foreign tourists - 63%, tourists from the rest of Italy - 2%, Sardinian tourists in Sardinia + 35%. These are the data of tourism in Sardinia in the first nine months of 2020 compared to those of 2019, as you can read in the latest report of the Region. The month most affected by the Covid-19 effects, finished the period of the first lockdown (March-May), was June (first month of gradual reopening to tourists): -93% of foreigners, -46% of Italians. The most positive month was August: -55% of foreigners, but even +19% of Italians. Sufficiently positive in July (-69% foreigners and -4% Italians) and very positive, given the context and the increase in infections at the end of August, in September (-54% foreigners but the same number of Italians).

Between January and September in Sardinia, as far as Italy is concerned and in relation to the same months of 2019, fewer tourists arrived from Lazio (-21%), Lombardy (-17%), Emilia Romagna (-14%.) and Piedmont (-10%). Due to the possibility of moving more freely within their own region - and also the need for safety - Sardinians who chose hotels, residences and private accommodation in the island for their vacation increased by 35%. We recall that Sardinians, by number of arrivals in accommodation facilities, are already the first tourists on the island (557 thousand arrivals in 2019) and, by number of presences, the second (1 million 200 thousand nights immediately after Lombardy with almost 2 million nights). The increase, in addition to hotels, was determined by the rooms for rent, the effect of Airbnb. Surprising is the other increase: +7% of arrivals from Friuli Venezia Giulia.

As far as foreigners are concerned, Germany, the first market for Isola, registered a 55% drop in arrivals; France 62%, Switzerland 49%, Holland 58%, the United Kingdom 60%, Austria 61%, Spain 86%. Even worse were two markets where there were greater restrictions on free movement: tourists from the United States fell by 82%, those from Russia by 92%.

The province of Sassari, which also includes facilities in Gallura, experienced a 34% drop in arrivals, but with a very high percentage of foreigners (-65%). The structures that have recorded the worst performances are those hotels: - 72% in June, - 39% in July, - 15% in August and - 34% in September.

The Region also provides another unpublished data, that of arrivals in the ports. In the port of Olbia Isola Bianca, between March and September, there was in collapse of 56% compared to the same period in 2019. September was the worst month (97 thousand passengers against 158 thousand). August was the best (349 thousand against 401 thousand).


Port of Olbia, the procedure for the seabed excavation begins

The Authority awards the design works. 50 million euro investment, the highest ever

Today started the process that will lead the Port Authority of the Sardinian Sea (the former Port Authority) to dredge the seabed of the port of Olbia, both at Isola Bianca and Cocciani, for an investment of 50 million euros. The Authority published the decree with which the President, Massimo Deiana, awarded the company Seacon Srl the design of the massive excavation work which will bring the depth of the port access channel to a minimum of 11 meters and the water in front of the quays to no less than 10 meters.

The Seacon srl, with a reduction of 45,2 per cent on the amount to base of auction, that it was of 350 thousand euros, has positioned itself to the first place in classification regarding the other two participants, the Acquatecno Srl and the Technital Spa. Within 120 days from the signing of the contract, Seacon Srl will have to produce all the design, financial and administrative documentation, preparatory to the contracting of the work and deliver to the Authority a package with all the clearances and acts of assent from the competent bodies for the design.

The excavation operations will ensure to the port of Olbia, both passenger and freight, the strong competitiveness on the market and offer the pfcfossibility to attract new investors, also in the perspective of decisive growth outlined by the forthcoming establishment of the ZES (Special Economic Zone) in the areas of Cipnes Gallura. The port of Olbia is the first in Italy for number of scheduled passengers (3 million in 2019, 305 thousand in the first six months of 2020), as shown by Assaporti data. In the ranking by incidence of the added value produced by the "Sea System" on the total local economy, drawn up by Unioncamere, the port of Olbia is in second place nationally, with a share of 13.9%, just after that of Trieste (15.4%).

The long process of dredging in the port of Olbia has officially reached a crucial and fundamental stage for the continuation of the authorization process," explained Massimo Deiana, president of the AdSP del Mare di Sardegna. "Today a company has been identified which, over the next four months, will work on drawing up the excavation project. A process whose first phase has already been anticipated by studies and monitoring conducted by our Authority with the valuable collaboration of ISPRA, whose results were presented, in September, to the main stakeholders. This procedure will return a complete package of the necessary authorizations and clearances required by the rules, facilitating the work of the Authority and, I hope, ensuring faster times for the realization of the excavation. An ambitious work, that of the dredging in the gulf, considered the most consistent for cost, equal to 50 million euros, so far realized in the port of Olbia".


European funds, Sardinia will have the greatest benefits

100 billion from the Next Generation EU. In the island significant increase in employment

A plan of investments from 100 billion for the South of Italy between 2021 and 2026, where Sardinia will have one of the largest increases in GDP (5.3% against 1.1% of the national average) and one of the strongest increases in employment (4% against 0.9% of the national average). These are the estimates made by the Government in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, the program to be implemented with European Union funding, amounting to 196 billion, and better known as the Recovery Plan or, more precisely, as the Next Generation EU.

The numbers are contained in the draft discussed two days ago by the Executive and not yet approved; it will be in the coming days. In January 2021, after an in-depth discussion, the Plan will be officially presented to Brussels in order to obtain the Commission's approval and the consequent disbursement of funds. However, the guidelines have already been set. The 196 billion will be spent in six strategic missions: green energy revolution (74.3 billion, or 37.9% of the Plan), digitalization (48.7 billion, 24.9%), infrastructure (27.7 billion, 14.15), education and research (19.2 billion, 9.8%), gender equality and social and territorial cohesion (17.1 billion, 8.7%) and health (9 billion, 4.6%).

The Next Generation EU Plan will last five years, from 2021 to 2026, and will be financed with loans (127.6 billion) and non-repayable grants (65.4 billion). Overall, by adding the ordinary resources of the European funds, in this period of time Italy will have 309 billion at its disposal (a significant figure, although it should be borne in mind that Italy is also one of the main contributors to the EU budget).

Within this financial framework are included the 100 billion foreseen for the southern regions, including Sardinia. The Government expects that the funding will produce an increase in GDP - to 2023 - of 1.1% in Italy; a much higher percentage is assumed for the South, with an increase compared to the base scenario of 5.3%. The forecasts are also positive for Sardinia: according to the Executive, the measures will have an effect on GDP of 1.9% in 2021 (a year in which Italy will have only 18 billion), 4.1% in 2022, 4.9% in 2023 and 5.3% in 2024.

The surge in GDP will be accompanied, according to estimates, by a substantial increase in employment. In 2023 growth will be 0.8% in Italy and 3.9% in the southern regions. Sardinia will have above-average beneficial effects: the increase will be 1.4% in 2021, 3.1% in 2022, 3.7% in 2023 and 4% in 2024.

Of course, these estimates will have to be revised and updated as the EU Next Generation - fully operational from 2022 - is applied to reality and also on the basis of investments made by private individuals. Another variable to take into account will be the spending capacity: in 2019% Italy spent just 30.7% of European funds, according to the European Court of Auditors, against an average of 40%.


The "Resto al Sud" facility, already approved 6500 projects

Soaring number of requests for the benefit reserved to the under 46 of the South

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The Resto al Sud facility - which provides 100% financing for new businesses under 46 in Southern Italy - is increasingly efficient and appreciated. In October, 891 projects were presented, the highest ever number of requests for the public incentivelaunched in January 2018. Invitalia, the government agency that approves the plans and of which Cipnes Gallura, with its Agency for territorial development, is an accredited body in Sardinia.

Overall, Invitalia has already approved 6,519 startup or business development projects (Resto al Sud can support both companies established after June 21, 2017 and those still to be established, as well as freelancers). The investments activated are equal to 443 million euros. The employed are 25 thousand. The loans granted, at subsidized rates, are 192 million, of which 132 million have already been advanced. The total amount of Resto al Sud is 1 billion 250 million.

Resto al Sud covers 100% of the investment and, after the reform of the measure started in July 2020, with a different mix: the non-repayable loan has increased from 35% to 50%; the remaining 50% is granted with a bank loan at a subsidized rate and with interest entirely borne by Invitalia. In addition, a further contribution has been introduced - again non-repayable - to cover the working capital needs of the financed companies.

"Recent regulatory changes have certainly contributed to such a substantial increase in requests - Invitalia explains in a press note - . Already in the two-month period August-September 2020, there had been an increase of 85% compared to the same period in 2019, confirming the anti-cyclical and anti-crisis nature of the facility".

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