As the guiding theme for this edition of the Regional Statistical Report indicates, it is clear to everyone that we live in an increasingly interconnected world.
Phenomena such as globalisation, the development of new communication and information technologies, humanitarian crises and migration flows contribute to tracing a continuously mutating reality of complex interpretation, given that it consists of macroscopic forces that act on multiple, mutually influencing levels: environmental, social, political and cultural.
It is enough to consider how the current financial crisis – which hit Veneto hard and from which we are struggling to recover – began eight years ago due to trouble in the US real estate sector.
For this reason, I am convinced that we need interconnected knowledge in order to interpret an interconnected reality.
Technical and sectorial expertise, increasingly essential in a complex and well-structured context such as our current situation, must know how to adopt a cross-cutting and multidisciplinary approach and how to create dialogue among themselves in order to achieve in-depth understanding of our reality. This is what ancient philosophers called sapientia, or the theoretical possession of solid scientific knowledge combined with the moral capacity of wisdom.
On this basis, the Report that you are holding not only attempts to provide an impersonal and neutral compilation of a range of statistical data relating to the Veneto Region, but also to interpret these statistics in an innovative and integrated manner, highlighting often hidden links between seemingly distant phenomena, with the aim of providing a clearer and more objective view of our present and of our future.
Chairman of the Veneto Region
Now in its thirteenth edition, the Statistical Report has become a traditional event for many people who, both in our region and elsewhere, like to receive a transparent and documented image of Veneto and its leading players (citizens, households, enterprises, bodies and associations).
The official statistics function – which doesn’t stop with this report, but is divided into multiple contributions, also available in English on our regional website (http://www.regione.veneto.it/web/statistica) – is of dual significance by its very nature, inside and outside of Regional Administration respectively.
On the one hand, statistics are a strategically important technical aid at the service of public policy, because they allow the government of the full planning cycle, which is the main responsibility of the Regional Autho-rity, evaluating the framework of departure, monitoring actions as they are undertaken and, finally, verifying the achievement of results.
From this viewpoint, the use of statistical methods contributes to the measurement of the operational suc-cess of the administrative machine and therefore, indirectly, to making the authority’s organisational and operational processes more efficient, basing the evaluation of its operations on objective and significant data.
On the other hand, statistics promote the diffusion of knowledge about Veneto, including among the incre-asing numbers of stakeholders, both public and private, that rely on the Regional Authority for reliable and expert information.
Indeed, in a society increasingly based on knowledge and know-how, the cognitive demand manifested at all levels of society deserves a timely, reliable response from the Administration, including through the use of its numerous databases kept for institutional operations that form an important depository of information to be exploited in the appropriate manner.
Confident that this report will provide answers to your questions and elicit new and stimulating queries, I wish you all an enjoyable and fruitful read.
Secretary General of Planning Veneto Region