The International Association of Critical Infrastructure Protection Professionals (IACIPP) are delighted to announce that this year’s Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience, Europe will be co-organised by the Regione Lombardia Government and will be held in the capital city of the Region, Milan, in their stunning headquarters in the heart of the city.
Milan is an ideal location for the event because not only is it the regional capital of Lombardy but Milan in terms of GDP, it has the third-largest economy among European cities after Paris and London, but the fastest in growth among the three, and is the wealthiest among European non-capital cities.
Milan is a truly global city with strengths in the field of the art, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, services, research and tourism. Its business district hosts Italy’s stock exchange and the headquarters of national and international banks and companies.
Italy is the third largest national economy in the eurozone, the eight largest by nominal GDP in the world. Italy is a founding member of the European Union, the Eurozone, the OECD, the G7 and the G20. Italy is the eighth largest exporter in the world with $514 billion exported in 2016. Its closest trade ties are with the other countries of the European Union, with whom it conducts about 59% of its total trade.
Italy faces some of the most challenging natural threats in Europe.
In western Europe, the region with the highest seismic hazard is the mountainous backbone of peninsular Italy, the Apennines. It has a long record of earthquakes spanning back to Roman times.
But recent earthquakes have been some of the most dramatic. In August 2016 there was a 6.2-magnitude earthquake near Amatrice that killed more than 250 people. That was followed by a 6.1 earthquake, which struck Visso on 26 October.
Four days later, the village of Arquata del Tronto was destroyed by a 6.6 earthquake. Scientists predict that more earthquakes are highly likely.
In southern Italy the highly populated city of Naples is located near Vesuvius and within the larger caldera volcano Campi Flegrei, and some scientists are warning that Campi Flegrei is showing signs of activity that could mean that an eruption.
In October 2018 severe storms caused widespread and severe flooding across Italy causing numerous casualties.
In addition to natural threats Italy along with Greece has borne the brunt of mass migration into Europe, which places stress on and poses security threats to its critical national infrastructure.