Promotion of economic and territorial development and the improvement of the quality of life of its citizens: this is the objective underpinning the activities of the Rome Chamber of Commerce. As an institution which, by adopting a “Culture of Doing”, the Rome Chamber of Commerce has decided to invest in its resources and know-how to create a leading-edge and competitive scenario in its territory, endowed with modern tangible and intangible infrastructures and services of a sufficient level to meet the needs of the companies within the territory.
Thanks to the “common belief” of this professional association manifested in its governing committees and bodies, the Chamber of Commerce has actively promoted the implementation of a decisive process of modernisation aimed to create both employment and wealth in its territory: the New Rome Exhibition Centre, the System of Technology Parks, The Agri-Foodstuffs Centre and the Auditorium.
These actions have been undertaken hand-in-hand with strong measures towards promoting growth in the productive sector of the Capital region by consolidating the productive sector and other true vocations of Rome such as innovation, culture and tourism.
In all of these cases, the Chamber of Commerce has operated in unison with other institutions and the corporate sector by following a development model based on collaboration, effort and shared interest towards achieving common goals. This model positions economic development as the decisive factor towards guaranteeing all citizens greater opportunities and well-being and to achieve these goals, it brings together factors such as competition and solidarity, progress and social inclusion, economic growth and better quality of life.
In implementing its role as a “motor for development”, the Chamber of Commerce, first of all has undertaken a carefully studied renewal of its internal organisational.
This process has involved a series of coordinated and targeted interventions, such as the optimisation of the work process, valorisation of human resources, improvement of the relations between the member companies and technological integration with other institutions with the result of optimising both the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisational structure.
Factors such as modernisation, attention to the individual, efficiency and effectiveness are the key elements of “an institution dedicated to territorial development”.
Registry certificate services for business companies
Chamber traditional functions refer to the Trade Register, and related activities/services.
The Chamber registers and certifies the activities representing business life in Rome and its Province, through the obligatory registration in Registers, Rolls, Rosters or Lists of the Chamber of all individual and corporate firms.
It is worth mentioning, among others: the craftsmen register; the traders register, manufacturers and importers of precious metals; the roll of olive groves, of virgin, extra-virgin and d.o.c. oil; the roll of vineyards intended for the production of d.o.c., d.o.c.g. and i.g.t. wines.
The Trade Register plays a basic role providing economic information and, in some cases, legal publicity, since the registration has the value of a declarative or constitutive deed - as is the case for Ltd and joint stock companies.
With the 1993 amendment act nr. 580, the Companies Register came under the exclusive jurisdiction of the chamber’s bodies, and it has also been expanded due to the inclusion of some special sections concerning categories, such as farming businesses, ordinary partnerships and artisan firms, thus becoming an essential tool in ensuring the transparency of the market.
Connected to the Registry is the Financial-Administrative Inventory (R.E.A.) which collects all financial, statistical and administrative data concerning firms and associations carrying out business activities.
Besides these registry tools, there are registers, rolls, rosters and lists with a validating function: the roll of business agents; the roll of brokers; the register of mandatory commission agents and auctioneers; the roll of conductors of vehicles and boats to be used as non-regular public services; the shipbrokers roll; the list of ship’s agents; the registry of firms dealing with waste removal; the registry of capital promoters; the list of shipping agents, etc…
The Chamber plays a key role in overseas trade and the environment, too. In detail, besides keeping the register of firms dealing with waste, it deals with the Single Form for Environmental Declaration (Modello Unico di Dichiarazione Ambientale), with the circulation of Ecoaudit, with the Recyclable Waste Exchange, with the quality certification according to the ISO 14000 and Ecolabel rules.
The enterprise development
The Chemical-Product Laboratory.
A dedicated Chemical Laboratory came into being within the Rome Chamber with act nr.1767 of 13th of November 1940, thus establishing the laboratories of the Chambers of Commerce.
The Laboratory is responsible for carrying out technical checks and analyses – both chemical and physical, microbiological and sensorial, aimed at checking the products matching with all the requirements already fixed by laws and regulations, and also issuing specific conformity certificates.
The main Laboratory intervention sectors are the following: agro-food, environment, industry and gold-silver
In 1996 the Rome Chamber, as first public structure in Italy, obtained the National System of Laboratories Accrediting (SINAL), a real important and necessary requirement to carry out official tests regarding many exporting products.
Credit, promotion, internationalization, studies and researches
As per recent assignement, the Chamber of Commerce’ main goal is to support and promote the local business’ general interests, as well as to develop appropriate local governance strategies, to foster and support the development and the regulation of the market.
The Rome Chamber has recently intensified its specific policy of re-launching the local economy, carrying out specific initiatives in strategic areas, such as credit, promotion of productive filières, internationalization, studies and researches activities.
The same Chamber is committed in promoting the creation of new enterprises and improving their competitiveness through supporting funding, also supporting the development of women entrepreneurs and facilitating credit access, etc.
The Rome Chamber, also in cooperation with other local institutions, carries out a remarkable promotion activity regarding the productive sectors, supporting and organizing special events and taking part in specific exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
On this purpose the Chamber acts on some international markets through specific structures, in order to create the most suitable conditions for a qualified presence on the foreign markets and also to foster a real internationalization culture, thanks to a specific information, assistance and training activity.
Finally, a specific statistics studies and researches Rome Chamber office focuses its activity and services on studies and analysis on emerging local matters, issues and trends, also through the study and circulating statistic-economy information.
According to Law n.580, the Chambers of Commerce are in charge of regulation market functions, aimed at stimulating and supporting a great transparency in contractual relationships among enterprises and between them and the citizens.
Through a special Area for Market Regulation and the Arbitration Chamber special office, the Rome Chamber also focuses its activity on preventing and anticipating legal controversies by controlling the oppressive clauses in agreements among enterprises or between them and consumers, as well as the drawing up of standard agreements.
The Arbitration Rome Chamber also carries out a specific activity regarding the surveillance to safeguard public confidence in the case of public competitions and encourages enterprises and consumers to appeal to controversy-resolving tools such as Arbitration and Reconciliation as an alternative to ordinary courts.
Rome Chambers Institutional bodies
The Executive Board
Valter Giammaria, Maria Fermanelli, Aldo Mattia, Luciano Mocci.
Luigi Agostini, Sara Amici, Simona Anelli, Marco Annarumi, Cosmo Aulo Auletta, Giacomo Barbieri, Mario Bertone, Aldo Bianchi, Cristiana Campanella, Rosario Cerra, Erino Colombi, Maria Fermanelli, Mario Fiumara, Antonella Fortezza, Mario Gentiluomo, Valter Giammaria, Franco Iorio, Pietro Lepore, Vincenzo Mannino, Giovanna Marchese, Danilo Martorelli, Aldo Mattia, Michelangelo Melchionno, Stefano Micalone, Luciano Mocci, Alberta Parissi, Alfredo Pecorella, Marcello Piacentini, Anna Rita Rizzo, Raimondo Soria, Lorenzo Tagliavanti, Catia Tomasetti, Mauro Vaglio.
Costanzo D'Ascenzo, Oriana Calabresi, Annita Marella
Commencing from requests of other associations, the Chamber of Commerce has acted as carrier for these initiatives and has taken on the role of catalyst and thus consenting that public resources be employed productively towards the creation of infrastructures aimed at modernising and upgrading the territory.
ROME EXHIBITION CENTRE
The New Rome Exhibition Centre represents the most important “trade infrastructure” realised in the Capital in the last years:
• 150,000 sq.m. total area
• 130,000 sq.m. of trade/exhibition stands
• 275,000 sq.m. parking adjoining the Exhibition Complex
• 30,000 sq.m. green area within the Exhibition Complex
• 1,7 km of covered walkways
• 20,000 sq.m. dedicated to management and services
• 4 entrances
• 1 Convention Centre for 4,000 persons
• Parking area for 2,000 exhibitor vehicles
The total investment for the implementation of the New Exhibition Centre totals €500 million, including the construction of the motorway/road access infrastructure. These figures position the New Rome Exhibition Centre as the primary structure in Italy and one of the most functional in Europe. From an environmental viewpoint, the photovoltaic generation system already meets the EU (20/20) objective 12 years ahead of the established deadline.
The New Rome Exhibition Centre with over 35 events (some of the most significant: Big Blu - Rome Sea Expo, Automechanika, Expoedilizia, Expo Comm, Motodays) in only three years has tripled its turnover and aims to reach a break-even point in 2013, passing from 13th to 5th position in the national classification of exhibition/trade fairs.
This infrastructure has been possible due to the far-sightedness of the Rome Chamber of Commerce which, in 1996 started to discuss with other local institutions (Rome Municipality and the Rome Provincial Authority) towards creating a strategic project in the territory aimed at developing both the economic and employment sectors and maintaining the city in line with the global challenge of competition. In this context, the Rome Exhibition Centre has created new “opportunities for territorial development of the city” and in a five year period (2004-2009) has generated a total investment of approx. €2.5 billion and created 32,000 jobs in the varied sectors involved in the implementation of the project. According to studies conducted by Censis, when operating at full capacity the Rome Exhibition Centre will generate direct and induced funds for approximately €800 million per annum towards the city’s economy.
SYSTEM OF TECHNOLOGY PARKS
The System of Technology Parks is an initiative promoted by the Rome Chamber of Commerce, sustained through the investment of approximately €400 million to favour the development of a series of innovative technological poles in the territory.
The company Tecnopolo S.p.A. was constituted to coordinate the project and to promote a series of activities aimed at favouring research activities and technology transfer through a series of partnerships with various Companies, Consortia and European Networks. The Tiburtino and Castel Romano Technology Parks now host over 90 companies and research laboratories and employ over 1,700 workers, with a high percentage of technological and scientific graduates with an average age of 35. The total of annual sales is approximately €350 million.
- The Tiburtino Technology Park: its avant-guard technological infrastructure with a particular focus on the energy sector due to the combination of intelligent energy generation systems such as trigeneration, photovoltaic and LED technologies, contribute towards a 47% reduction in primary energy requirements in respects to traditional installations with a reduction of CO2 emissions of over 60%. The entire complex is linked to a broadband network and is also a node of the MEGALAB (Metropolitan E-Government Application LABoratory) network. More than 80companies are currently operative on-site, including 16 start-up companies located in the ITech structure which is a BIC Lazio business incubator; 4 top-level research laboratories (Galileo Test Range, CHOSE-Polo Solare Organico of the Lazio Region, the Laboratory for Radio and Wireless Frequency Identification of CATTID (Università La Sapienza), Labor-Laboratorio for Industrial Research), 2 Consortia for technology transfer (Consorzio Roma Ricerche, Consorzio TecnoTiberis). The total annual sales of the Tiburtino Technology Park amount to over €300 million. The development plan which includes the completion of further high-quality structures envisages that a further 20 new companies be hosted by the end of 2010 with the creation of a further 800 jobs increasing the current number of employees from 1.200 to 2.000.
- The Castel Romano Technology Park: the following structures are located within this complex: il Centro Sviluppo Materiali, la Fondazione Parco Biomedico San Raffaele, I.S.P.R.A. (Istituto Superiore per Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale) and the Distretto Bioscience which collaborates with important multinationals operative in the chemicaland pharmaceutical sectors. In are currently 500 employees on-site, the greater part engaged in research on materials, environmental and biotechnology issues. In particular, the CSM represents one of the leading private European Research Centres engaged in materials research with over 800 patents deposited and an annual turnover of approximately €35 million. A new series of structures are in the design phase and which are destined to house a multinational IT corporation and will also including its research laboratories; the total investment is estimated at over €50 million and will provide employment for over 1,500 persons.
For further information and details: www.tecnopolo.it
AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA – MUSICA PER ROMA FOUNDATION
The Auditorium Parco della Musica is a multi-functional structure and a centre of excellence for cultural activities. The entire complex is managed by the Foundation Music per Rome, expressly constituted with the aim of promotion the numerous cultural activities involving local, national and international cultural protagonists.
The investment of the Rome Chamber of Commerce in this initiative is in the order of €25 million. Given the high quality of the cultural programme and the number of visitors, the Auditorium Parco della Musica now ranks highly in the international cultural scenario. Each year over one million visitors participate in more than 1,200 cultural and musical events or conferences organised by the Foundation and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia.
The self-financing capacity of the Foundation has now reached over 65% of the overall total budget. Situated in the centre of Rome, the “Città della Musica” covers an area of 55,000 sq.m. The three main concert halls, Sala Sinopoli (1,200 seats), Santa Cecilia (2,800 seats) and Sala Petrassi (700 seats), are surrounded by 30,000 sq.m. of landscaped gardens. Aside from the three main concert halls, the public have access to the following other structures and areas:
• the Theatre Studio: a multifunctional space which can accommodate up to 300 spectators;
• Studios 1, 2, 3: important technological areas dedicated to music and are ideally suited for rehearsals in optimal acoustic conditions;
• the Foyer: an area which can also host musical performances;
• the Cavea: the open-air amphitheatre which can host up to 3,000 spectators.
Aside from events dealing with music, the Auditorium can also host other events such as conferences, debates, meetings with composers and performers; study and research meetings (in the library and audio-library structures); training events (voice laboratories, musical research and multimedia studies).
For further information: www.auditorium.com
ROME AGRI-FOODSTUFS CENTRE
The Rome Chamber of Commerce has underwritten investments for over €20 million for the implementation of the Rome Agri-Foodstuffs Centre.
The Rome Agri-Foodstuffs Centre (12 hectares of fully equipped covered structures situated within an area of 140 hectares) is a logistics and distribution centre strategically located not only for the city of Rome but also for the entire Centre-South Italy and the Mediterranean region. Over 113 fruit and vegetable wholesalers, 40 seafood and 306 agricultural companies are operative in the Centre with annual sales of 0.75 million metric tonnes of fruit and vegetables and 0.035 million metric tonnes of seafood, thus guaranteeing Rome and the limiting territories of Umbria, Abruzzo and Tuscany fresh daily supplies of fresh goods at competitive prices.
The complex contains two main structures: the Fruit and Vegetable Market composed of two parallel structures for a totalof 45,000 sq.m. and 120 boxes fully-equipped for the conservation and sale of goods; the Seafood Market, located within a single structure covering an area of approximately 10,000 sq.m., with 48 fully equipped boxes for suppliers.
The services provided by the Agri-Foodstuffs Centre in support of the companies are also flanked by a series of services aimed at supporting the Agri-Foodstuffs sector,specifically:
• Pricing Policy;
• Increase the value of the local agriculture sector;
• Agri-Foodstuffs safety & hygiene;
• Safeguarding of quality and freshness of foodstuffs;
• Processing and transformation;
• Commercial promotion and trade fairs;
• Activities aimed at internationalisation and import/export;
• Education in nutrition issues;
• Environmental protection;
• Combating increased living costs;
• Territorial promotion.
The structures, organisational assets, technologies, integrated logistics services(supply chain) create and distribute added value to the economic entities operativewithin the complex, thus optimising costs, resources and their potential for growth.
For further information and details: www.agroalimroma.it
A targeted policy of support for the local economy is promoted by the Rome Chamber of Commerce through the activities of its Special Agencies, which operate in support of the central structure:
ARM – Azienda Romana Mercati
An agency specialised in the development and promotion of the agri-foodstuffs sector and also manages the Goods Stock Exchange.
Information regarding the projects and initiatives of the agency can be found in the website www.romaincampagna.it
An agency specialised in the coordination of communication within the Rome Chamber of Commerce network and which implements projects aimed at the development of the local industry through a series of territorial promotion activities. The Agency also supports the Chamber of Commerce in the management of innovative services for users. All information is available in the website www.assetcamera.it
Its mission is to assist companies in seeking arbitration and amicable settlement of disputes in alternative to conventional legal means. Further detailed information regarding the services is available in the website: www.cameraarbitralediroma.it
IRFI - Istituto Romano per la Formazione Imprenditoriale
A special Agency involved in training for the entrepreneurial sector. Its mission is to conduct research, consulting services, organisation and management in the training sector in collaboration with other institutions and professional associations. Further information regarding the activities of the Agency can be found at: www.irfi.it
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