The Government Commissioner for Eastern Sicily SEZ

Tasks and Functions

The functions of the Government Commissioner for the SEZ are defined in Article 4, clauses 07 et seq. of the Law-Decree dated 20 June 2017, n. 91 as amended.

Art. 4

7- The subject for the Administration must ensure, in particular:

  1. The instruments to secure the establishment and full operation of existing companies in the SEZ as well as the systematic promotion of the area to potential international investors;
  2. The use of both economic and technological services within the SEZ;
  3. Access to the provision of services by third parties.


The Government Commissioner mentioned at clause 6 can conclude, prior authorization from the Steering Committee, agreements or framework conventions with banks and financial intermediaries.


The Government Extraordinary Commissioner mentioned at clause 6, also with the support of the Agency for Territorial Cohesion:

  1. Ensures coordination and drive, even in terms of operation, of initiatives aimed at guaranteeing the attraction, settlement and full operability of productive activities within the SEZ, without prejudice to the competences of the central and local Administrations involved in the Strategic Development Plans implementation, also with a view to coordinating the area specific lines of development with the strategic prospects of the other established and future SEZs, preserving the appropriate market specialisations.
  2. Acts as the external contact person of the Steering Committee for the attraction and settlement of productive investments in the SEZs areas.
  3. Contributes to identifying, from among the zones outlined within the Strategic Development Plan, the priority areas for the Plan implementation, and takes care of their characterization necessary to guarantee productive establishments;
  4. Promotes the stipulation of special protocols and agreements between local and central administrations involved in the implementation of the Strategic Development Plan.

Protocols and agreements are aimed at regulating simplified procedures and special procedural rules for productive settlements in the SEZs areas.


The Agency for Territorial Cohesion supports the Commissioners’ work and secures, according to the guidelines of the Steering Committee on Sezs, referred to in Article 5, par. 1, point a-quater, the coordination of their action as well as the national planning of intervention in the SEZs, through its own administrative and technical staff, specifically allocated for this purpose, with the human and instrumental resources available under current legislation.

The Agency for Territorial Cohesion furthermore provides support to the Commissioners by means of technical and administrative personnel selected in accordance with Article 7, par. 6 of the Law-Decree n. 165 dated 30 March 2001, with appropriate skills, in order to ensure the effectiveness and operability of the Commissioner’s action.

The Commissioner shall also rely on the structures of central or local administrations, companies  controlled by the State or the Region, without new or greater costs on public finance.


In order to achieve the most effective and timely implementation of the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience interventions related to the SEZs infrastructuring, until the 31st of December 2026 the Commissioner may, upon request of the competent entities, assume the functions of contracting Authority and operate by way of derogation from the legal provisions on public contracts, subject to compliance with the principles set forth in Articles 30, 34 and 42 of the Law-Decree dated 18 April 2016, n. 50, as well as the provisions of the Code of Anti-Mafia Laws and Prevention Measures, referred to in the Law-Decree n. 159 dated 6 September 2011, and the mandatory constraints arising from membership of the European Union, including those deriving from Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU, promulgated by the European Parliament and the Council of Europe on the 26th of February 2014.

For the performance of the duties referred to in the first period of this paragraph, the Commissioner shall also proceed by means of ordinances.