PNRR, Senate approval: green light for a points-based license for construction sites


Emma Potter

The final approval of the decree for the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr) by the Senate marks a turning point in Italian infrastructure and administrative policies.

With 95 votes in favour, the decree introduces important innovations in the construction field, such as points license on construction sitesinvestments in university accommodation, and the introduction of the Transition 5.0 project, outlining a more structured and centralized future for the construction of crucial works.

These measures aim not only to stimulate recovery, but also to ensure more effective and transparent management of resources, essential for the country's relaunch.

Points-based license for construction sites: a significant innovation

The decree introduces the points-based license for construction sites. The credit licence, provided for by Legislative Decree 19/2024 and issued in digital format by the Labor Inspectorate, marks a significant progress in the regulation of temporary or mobile construction sites, as defined by article 89, paragraph 1, letter a) of the Consolidated Law for safety at work (Legislative Decree 81/2008).

This system aims to improve safety and compliance in the workplace by setting specific criteria for operation.

To obtain this license, companies and self-employed workers must satisfy various requirements: registration with the Chamber of Commerce, fulfillment of training obligations, possession of the Single Contribution Regularity Document (Durc), the Risk Assessment Document (DVR), and the Document single tax regularity (DURF).

In addition, the designation of a prevention and protection service manager is required.

These requirements can be self-certified, but in case of false declarations, the license can be revoked and renewed only after 12 months.

The license is issued with 30 creditsand to operate on construction sites it is necessary to maintain a minimum of 15 credits. If the credits fall below this threshold, it is only allowed to complete activities already in progress.

It is possible to acquire additional credits, although the specific methods will be defined in a subsequent ministerial decree. However, it will not be possible to recover credits through attendance of training courses.

Violations of credit licensing rules carry severe penalties, including one fine equal to 10% of the value of the works, with a minimum of 6,000 euros. Point deductions for non-compliance vary significantly depending on the severity of the infringement, from a maximum of 20 points for fatal injuries to two points for lack of training.

Not all entities are required to obtain a credit license; for example, enterprises offering only intellectual services or enterprises with an SOA qualification in the third classification or higher are exempt from this obligation.

Investments in education: the plan for 60 thousand new university accommodation

Another focal point of the decree is the expansion of the offer of accommodation for university studentswith the purpose of create 60,000 new beds.

The government has introduced the figure of an ad hoc commissioner to ensure the achievement of this objective, together with two other extraordinary commissioners for the recovery of assets confiscated from the mafias and to combat exploitation in agriculture.

Furthermore, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (Cdp) and its subsidiaries have been tasked with supporting the Ministry of University and Research in the management and control of interventions, a move that underlines the importance of correct implementation and online reporting with the expectations of the Pnrr.

Industry 5.0

The decree law also marks a turning point for the industry, introducing the project Transition 5.0. With a financial commitment of 6.3 billion euros spread over two years, the project aims to support businesses through tax credits.

This incentive is intended to catalyze innovation and the adoption of advanced technologies in Italian companies, positioning them in an advantageous situation to compete in the global market and promoting more sustainable and future-oriented industrial development.

Greater guarantees in Subcontracting

In the context of procurement and subcontracting, greater guarantees relating to economic and regulatory conditions will be implemented. Contracts will have to be drawn up by employers' and trade union organizations representing the majority of interested parties, rather than being based on the “most commonly applied” contracts.

This modification ensures more specific and targeted protection, aligned with the real needs and representations of workers in the sector.

Facilitation in the hiring of specialists in the healthcare sector

In an attempt to reduce waiting lists and limit the use of paid doctors, the decree facilitates the hiring of specialists in the healthcare sector.

The spending limit of 50% is eliminated compared to 2009 for the hiring of doctors and health and social care professionals on fixed-term contracts, and the 18-month ceiling for hiring contracts for specialists in health companies outside the network of the hospital is abolished. their graduate school.

These changes are designed to attract and stabilize new talent in the healthcare system, a vital step in improving the accessibility and quality of care in Italy.