FVG Leads the Way: A Blueprint for Equitable and Sustainable Well-being

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by InTrieste

In the debut of an illuminating report by Istat, Friuli Venezia Giulia emerges as a beacon of progress, showcasing exemplary models of equitable and sustainable well-being. The research highlights the region’s notable achievements in innovation, labor, and environmental stewardship, while also identifying areas for improvement, notably in youth engagement in governance.

The research conducted by Istat on equitable and sustainable well-being in our region is proving to be a valuable asset for public decision-makers. Offering an innovative overview, it guides policies aimed at our communities, focusing not only on economic indicators like GDP but also on citizens’ welfare. Governor Massimiliano Fedriga of Friuli Venezia Giulia remarked on its significance during the unveiling of the inaugural report on territorial equitable and sustainable well-being (BEST) in the region. He praised the study’s positive outcomes, particularly in innovation, labor, and environmental preservation, while also highlighting areas for improvement, notably the low involvement of youth in institutions, which poses a risk to future administrative capacity.

Fedriga emphasized the importance of engaging with European benchmarks, given the region’s international orientation. The report underscores Friuli Venezia Giulia’s relatively higher levels of well-being compared to both Italy and the Northeast. Notably, the region excels in employment, work-life balance, security, and education, outperforming national and regional averages.

Regional assessor Pierpaolo Roberti, alongside chamber of commerce presidents Giovanni da Pozzo and Antonio Paoletti, and ANCIFvg president Dorino Favot, stressed the need to leverage these findings to enhance citizens’ quality of life further. The data indicates Friuli Venezia Giulia’s superior employment rates, lower labor market detachment, and robust education and training systems, contributing to a safer environment.

Regarding environmental indicators, Friuli Venezia Giulia exhibits a lower risk of landslides, higher urban green spaces, and increased urban waste recycling rates compared to the national average. Additionally, the region demonstrates a strong inclination towards innovation, with a significantly higher number of European patent applications per million inhabitants than the national average.

Overall, the research underscores the region’s progress while urging continuous efforts to address existing challenges and enhance well-being across Friuli Venezia Giulia.

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