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Transparent dialogue with Authorities The role and nature of Poste Italiane’s activities require constant dialogue with national and international institutions, as well as with the Regions and local authorities.

The service provided by Poste Italiane and the Group’s widespread presence throughout Italy require constant collaboration with national and local institutions in order to promote shared initiatives in the interest of the community, encouraging the sharing of economic and social development projects and awareness of the Group’s activities, as well as Poste Italiane’s position on important legislative issues. 

Promoting dialogue with local institutions enables Poste Italiane to have an active role within the community and encourages the sharing of local development projects. The objective is, therefore, to contribute to providing an efficient service to citizens, to meet the social needs of customers and, at the same time, to increase the competitiveness and continuity of the Group’s business. To this end, dialogue with representatives of local institutions was promoted in 2020 in order to increase awareness of and trust in the Company.

In 2020, the dialogue with central institutions was continuous and transparent. The Company presented its interests on various issues, including those of legislative relevance, promoting a proactive approach. During the year, the dialogue with the institutions focused on the health emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic where the Company, through legislative dialogue and analysis of the measures concerning the epidemiological emergency, dedicated itself to supporting the competent functions in taking the relevant measures to support business activities and protect the health of employees, customers and the community. The synergy between the Group’s mission and the authorities makes it possible to establish strategic agreements and partnerships in the interests of the community. 

Among the main local institutions and regulatory and supervisory bodies with which the Company interacts there are: the Italian Communications Authority (Autorita per le Garanzie delle Comunicazioni - AGCom), the Ministry of Economic Development (Ministero per lo Sviluppo Economico - MISE), the Ministry of Economy and Finance (Ministero dell’Economica e delle Finanze - MEF), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Ministero per gli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale - MAE) and the European Policies Department of the Cabinet Office. In this regard, as part of its relations with the MEF, on 20 February 2020, Poste Italiane’s Board of Directors approved the renewal of the three-year agreement for 2020-2022, which aims to regulate treasury services and the movement of funds on behalf of the State.
At European and international level, the Group also maintains relations with the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), PostEurope, the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services (CEEP), the International Post Corporation (IPC) and other institutions and associations in the sectors in which it operates.

Within the international postal organisations, the Group is also actively involved in initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable development. In particular, the Group participates in the EMMS (Environmental Monitoring and Measurement System) programme promoted by the International Post Corporation, a cooperative association comprising 23 postal operators that handle approximately 80% of global traffic volumes. The initiative was launched in 2008 with the aim of monitoring CO2 emissions and assessing the sustainability of the participants’ activities, in order to reduce the impact of postal activities on the environment.

 
DIALOGUE AND COLLABORATION WITH INSTITUTIONS DURING THE EMERGENCY
2020 was an unusual and completely unexpected year, a difficult period full of fear and uncertainty that forced the whole world to change its habits and that highlighted the importance of solidarity and closeness to the territory and citizens. In such a complex year, Poste Italiane continued to engage in constant dialogue with institutions, seeking shared solutions to meet the social needs of the community. The Group immediately established contacts with the government bodies responsible for managing the crisis, sitting on a permanent basis on the Civil Protection’s Operations Committee, managing relations with the Prefectures and the police forces involved at local level.   

Poste Italiane stood by its citizens during the first wave of the health emergency, working with the Italian government to provide the Inps bonus and anticipating ordinary and special redundancy payments to BancoPosta and Postepay Evolution customers who requested them, signing an ad hoc partnership with BNL Finance. In agreement with several Regions, masks were distributed free of charge in millions of homes through the postal service and, on the occasion of high school exams, on behalf of the Civil Protection, the Group delivered protective devices to 3,600 schools throughout the country. 

In 2020, the Group signed an agreement with the Carabinieri whereby all citizens aged 75 and over could request to receive their social security benefits free of charge at home, delegating the Carabinieri to collect them. 

In order to contribute to the realisation of the vaccination campaign, in February 2021, Poste Italiane launched the new platform for tracking and administration of vaccines against Coronavirus, providing the nation with its logistics and IT facilities. With Italy’s largest ground fleet, Poste Italiane has put itself at the service of the country to deliver vaccines. Infact, in the first months of 2021, Poste Italiane’s SDA company delivered more than 1,500,000 doses of the vaccine.