“We need to put the best skills at the service of Rome”: Olimpia Troili thus justifies his decision to stand as a candidate on the list of Democratic party in the administrative elections of the capital, which will be held next October.
Born in 1987, Olimpia Troili, already a candidate with the Democratic Party in the 2019 European elections in the central Italy college and former athlete of the Fiamme Gialle, graduated in Philosophy and in Development and International Cooperation and completed a PhD in History of Europe at the largest public university in Rome.
In an interview with TPI, L’aspiring councilor municipal of the PD, whose candidate for mayor is Roberto Gualtieri, explains why he decided to put his experience and his political passion at the service of a “splendid” but “very neglected” city, explaining what his ideas and plans are to make so that Rome goes back to being “an international and European capital.”
Olimpia Troili, in 2019 you ran for the European elections with the Democratic Party. Why have you now decided to run for the municipal elections of Rome?
Before expressing my willingness to apply, I went around the city in the various districts, from Primavalle to Tor Pignattara passing through Casal Bertone and Centocelle up to Torre Angela, Torre Maura, Prima Porta and the Trullo, among others, trying to understand the real living conditions of people, the discomfort of those who live farther from the center and in the less served areas.
Places where primary services, sewers, lighting, adequate water networks are often lacking. There are real shadow cones that are part of our city entirely abandoned by the public administration but which hide enormous unexpressed potential that can turn into stories of hope and redemption if we are able to bring not only services to those places. but also opportunities.
I have also talked to many categories, from commuters, to artisans and traders, restaurateurs, carouselers, cinema and theater managers, taxi drivers and hirers of services with driver, capturing their discomfort in one of the most difficult times ever. and their sense of frustration and loneliness in the face of a state that – despite their best efforts – seems deaf to their cries of alarm. These people, keeping a shop or a business open, make an enormous effort by keeping a light on or a service in the most disparate places in the city, guaranteeing safety and generating economy for all.
This network must be taken into greater consideration by the city administration. Their interests are not just any private interests but concern our community. I will continue to be close to them even after the elections so that they are not left alone. Only after listening to these realities did I decide that it was worthwhile to commit myself to help revive the fortunes of this splendid city, much neglected in recent years. Rome is experiencing a multiple crisis made up of economic difficulties, decay, abandonment and neglect.
A crisis that begins well before Covid and that has to do with a lack of vision, of a sustainable and innovative development project for our city, with the inability to think collectively about the future. Many things do not work: from the waste collection and treatment system, to be overcome by making our economy more circular, to the transport system which is absolutely not adequate to the standards of other large European cities.
It is above all awareness and Rome with its universal vocation cannot be reduced in this way. I think my political commitment and my experience in European politics can be useful to the city.
Why, in your opinion, could the candidate for mayor of the Democratic Party, Roberto Gualtieri, be the right person to lead Rome?
Rome does not rise again with announcements, slogans or theoretical simplifications but with a great teamwork that must be led by a Mayor who dedicates himself body and soul to the city through a constant commitment on the field. Roberto Gualtieri, is the most prepared among the candidates, is a seasoned and serious politician who has made himself available to the city with an inclusive and valuable project for the city, building a broad and extensive front around him.
Roberto is a person who studies every detail in great detail dossier and is also one of the greatest negotiators we have had with the European Union in recent years. It also has great authority, which translates into a network of relationships and consolidated relationships in Europe and at national level, having played the role of President of the Commission for Economic and Monetary Problems in the European Parliament and then that of Minister of Economy and Finance.
I think that a Mayor with these characteristics can bring enormous added value to Rome which in the next few years must return to being an international and European capital.
In your opinion, what are the priorities that the next administration will have to address?
It is clear that Rome must start from ordinary administration, home, school and education, urban cleanliness and decorum, the right to mobility and above all work. However, there is a need for a medium-long term vision for the city on the issues of environmental, economic and social sustainability which must be aimed at reducing inequalities not only in terms of income but of opportunities.
In anticipation of the Jubilee of 2025, Rome will have to equip itself for the millions of pilgrims to come. An enormous commitment that must have important repercussions for the entire city in terms of works, accessibility, enhancement of the historical and artistic heritage as well as preparation of the structures for an adequate reception, also taking into account the innovations compared to the past.
It is also necessary to pay great attention to the processes that will be activated in the coming years, which, also thanks to the PNRR, will have to lead us towards a more sustainable and resilient economy model in which cities will be called to be protagonists of change. If we do not profoundly change the face of cities, even our habits, we will not be able to guarantee ourselves a future.
What are the issues that are particularly close to your heart and for which you will fight during the electoral campaign?
Work, young people, suburbs, sustainability but also culture and sport which is the greatest tool we have for social inclusion. Rome, which has different competences regarding sports facilities, must promote grassroots sport and support amateur sports associations in their efforts, must do much more so that new places where it is possible to play sports are open, accessible at affordable prices and, where necessary, modernize existing structures without hesitation.
There is a need for more culture, not only understood as an enhancement of the immense historical and artistic heritage of Rome but also and above all as a support to artistic production. We need spaces and places open to contamination, used for artistic and cultural production.
Politics must create the conditions for artistic expressions to flourish, find homes and places to legally occupy as happens in Berlin or other European capitals. Cultural poverty leads to human poverty, which translates into a lack of opportunities, tolerance and political sensitivity. People need to be re-educated to think critically. We must bring culture to every corner of Rome.
If elected, what will be the first proposals you intend to present to the city council?
I would start from the proposal to create reuse banks, one for each neighborhood, in which to give many objects and materials that can be reconditioned and pass on to new life generating wealth. Furthermore, I would propose to establish cultural workshops, multifunctional spaces open to citizenship and self-management, to carry out cultural or artistic activities, especially in places where the cultural offer is very limited or completely absent.
I would harass my colleagues on the need to immediately reassign sports facilities to those who promote grassroots sport with a social vocation so that sports can be practiced safely and at affordable prices everywhere. I would propose to strengthen the development projects and European funding department of the Municipality of Rome so that we can seize the opportunities that Europe makes available to us and carry out important projects including interventions to prevent hydrogeological instability, remediation of polluted areas and regeneration. of abandoned areas with an industrial vocation.
Furthermore, I would propose to return to the model of participatory housing for the suburbs. I would remind the council, the council and the Mayor that primary services, such as public water and lighting, must be guaranteed everywhere in Rome, but that a large social housing plan is also needed to allow those who do not have a home to have a home. .
I would work hard to ensure that young people have places where supply and demand for work meet better connected on the one hand to our universities and on the other to the business world. I would try to create great participation around the debate on the future of our city.