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Italy: Boat Tax Clarified

(June 6, 2012) The Italian tax authorities issued a circular on May 30, 2012, to clarify an additional tax on boats introduced in 2011. (Giulia Gallo, Italy: Boat Tax – Clarifications, TAX NEWS SERVICE (May 31, 2012), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, online subscription database.) Circular No.16/E explains a provision of Law Decree No. 201/2011, […]

Italy: Government Measures in Response to Earthquakes

(June 4, 2012) On May 29, 2012, northern Italy suffered its second earthquake in a little over a week; in all, the disasters caused the deaths of about 24 people. (Death Toll from Italy Earthquake Rises, CNN (May 30, 2012).) On May 30, the Italian Council of Ministers proclaimed June 4 to be a national […]

Italy: Gay Family Rights Ruling

(Mar. 19, 2012) On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a “right to a family life.” (Italian Supreme Court Rules on Gay-Family Rights, LIFE IN ITALY (Mar. 15, 2012); Italy […]

European Court of Human Rights; Italy: Sanctions Result in Review of Immigration Policy

(Mar. 5, 2012) On February 23, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sanctioned Italy for its policy of sending to Libya African migrants who have approached Italy by sea. The ECHR found the migrants to be at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment as a result of being turned away from […]

Italy: Nuclear Power

(Oct. 3, 2011) A few months after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, on June 12 and 13, 2011, Italians were asked to decide in a referendum whether they wanted to support the government's plan to restart a nuclear program that had been abandoned in the 1980s after the nuclear disaster occurred at Chernobyl (Italy Nuclear: […]

Italy: No Compensation for Theft from Bank Vaults

(Oct. 3, 2011) It was reported on September 26, 2011, that the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation rejected an appeal brought by a family against a decision of the Court of Appeals that had refused to award them monetary damages after the contents of their safety-deposit box were stolen from the vault of their bank, […]

Italy: Unions of Municipalities

(Sept. 29, 2011) On September 14, 2011, the decree that the Italian government had issued in August on an “anti-crisis” package was converted into law by the Parliament. The law is designed to correct Italy's fiscal deficit of €45.5 billion (about US$64.8 billion) by imposing spending cuts and tax hikes. (Ulteriori disposizioni urgenti perla stabilizzazione […]

Italy: Earthquake Trial

(Sept. 29, 2011) On September 20, 2011, the trial of six Italian scientists and a former government official on charges of manslaughter for the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila began. The 6.3 magnitude quake killed 309 people on April 6 two years ago and devastated the city and several other villages in the region of Abruzzo. […]

Italy: Burqa Ban Provision Approved by Parliamentary Committee

(Aug. 11, 2011) On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves only a mesh screen opening for the eyes, and the niqab, which also covers the whole […]

Italy: Government Approves Austerity Package

(July 20, 2011) The Italian government approved an austerity package on July 15, 2011, aimed at achieving a balanced budget in 2014. It is reported to include budget cuts of €48 billion (about US$67 billion) over three years. (Emanuela Santoro, Austerity Package Approved by Government, TNS ONLINE (July 18, 2011), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation […]