The endeavours he had undertaken in Italy and around the world are present and particularly alive in this city where the figure of the founder of ENI is present and familiar in the workplace, streets, squares and in the houses of ‘Matelicesi’. For such reason it is exactly from the City of Matelica that born the willingness to know the man and his works.
His figure embodies the most complex aspects of the historical and social period in which he lived and the complexity becomes a reason for pressing maturation. Particularly intense was his adherence to the partisan movement and to the christian democratic movement.
"In those years Enrico Mattei's ideas really began to modernize assuming a noble and fruitful density. The idea of "mine" came to fade in him and, while mourning and misfortune were pressing around, he began to take over in his conscience the thought that the ordered ‘res publica’, the fraternal community of men, the consensus in the principles, are values by far pre-eminent, which do not engage only the State but first of all and above all, invest the responsibility of the citizen. From such belief short of the step, for a man of action like Enrico Mattei, that should have the ‘imperathio’ translated in executive decisions" (Marcello Boldrini).
These prerequisites substantiated the possibility of creating spaces and fertile ground for education, through public entrepreneurship, by an essential ruling class towards an incisive state action in the economic field.
With him the new energies of the country, the emerging professionalism in the new civil climate of the nation, the innovative pushes taking place in the western world in the aftermath of the war in all fields of industrial life, from managerial to technological, step in to the State corporation transforming the state intervention from the mere assistance of the fascist era to an active, agile enterprise, capable of projecting itself beyond national and continental borders.
"We believe in the future of our country; we have faith in its possibilities of improvement, in its capacity for development and progress; we feel the duty to work, to the full extent of our strengths, to build on a day by day basis the building of freedom and justice in which we want to live in peace and above all we want to prepare for the new generations, in the hope that they should never undergo the painful experience that we have suffered.
But we also feel that other countries yearn for freedom and justice and we know that they suffer and die for them. This is why we share a broader vision of human problems and relationships that extends from individuals to mankind.
In light of this, the traditional barriers built for the defence of particular interests, or even justified by a narrow world view, must fall into the recognition of the identical and universal equality of human rights to life and well-being.
Historically, the competition between communities, which has been transferred from the strictly political to the economic field, can and must remain a peaceful competition.
The latter however, imposes the exclusion of any form of blackmail or intimidation and is not compatible with the undue interference of the economically stronger countries in the internal life of the weaker ones.
Only in this way can the hoped-for international cooperation be implemented and will it be a real help, for economically depressed peoples, to achieve a more dignified and fairer standard of living ".