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Italy: Anti-Corruption Law Adopted

(Nov. 7, 2012) On October 31, 2012, <?Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la prevenzione e la repressione della corruzione e dell'illegalità nella pubblica amministrazione]. The law has been under consideration by the Parliament for over a year. (Philip […]

Italy: Law on Start Up Companies and Other Stimulus Measures

(Nov. 6, 2012) Regulation No. 179 of October 18, 2012, on Further Urgent Measures for the Country’s Growth, was published in <?Italy's Official Gazette No. 245, of October 19, 2012, as Ordinary Supplement No. 194. (Decreto-Legge 18 ottobre 2012, n. 179, Ulteriori misure urgenti per la crescita del Paese [hereinafter Regulation No. 179], GAZZETTA UFFICIALE […]

Italy: Supreme Court Ruling on Mobile Phones and Tumors

(Oct. 23, 2012) On October 18, 2012, it was reported that <?Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a causal connection between extensive cell phone use and the development of a brain tumor. The Court agreed with the appellant's claim that the growth of […]

European Court of Human Rights; Italy: Ruling on Embryo Screening

(Aug. 31, 2012) On August 25, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Italy's ban on embryonic screening violates article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Article 8 is on the right to respect for family and private life. (Keith Herting, Europe Rights Court Condemns Italy Ban on Embryo Screening, […]

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, […]