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Italy: Renewable Energy Law Adopted

(Mar. 25, 2011) The Italian government adopted on March 3, 2011, a legislative decree implementing the European Union's Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC. The effective date of the decree, Il decreto legislativo sulla promozione dell'uso dell'energia da fonti rinnovabili, will be the date of its publication in the country's official gazette. The new legislation covers such […]

Italy: State of Emergency over Tunisian Refugees

(Feb. 22, 2011) Italy has declared a state of emergency following the arrival, within five days, of 5,000 refugees from Tunisia on the small Italian island of Lampedusa, which is just 60 miles from Tunisia in the Mediterranean Sea. A center for receiving migrants has been re-opened on the island, but it is already overcrowded. […]

Italy: Urgent Measures on Security Matters

(Feb. 15, 2011) Italy's Decree-Law No. 187 of November 12, 2010, adopted Misure urgenti in materia di sicurezza (Urgent Measures on Security Matters). The new measures deal with security for sports events; strengthen actions to be taken against organized crime, and include provisionson the functioning of the Ministry of the Interior, among other provisions. (Decree-Law […]

Italy: Constitutional Court Strikes Down Parts of Immunity Law

(Feb. 11, 2011) On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in office. As passed by the country's Senate in March 2010, Law No. 51 of April 7, […]

Italy: Video-Sharing Sites to Be Viewed by the Law as Television Broadcasters

(Jan. 13, 2011) The Italian Communications Authority (ITA) ruled on December 28, 2010, that in the eyes of the law video-sharing sites such as YouTube (a subsidiary of Google Inc.) should be considered television broadcasters. This means that “the sites could be liable under slander and privacy laws and obligated to follow the same programming […]

Italy: Decision in CIA Kidnapping Case

(Dec. 22, 2010) < On December 15, 2010, the Appeals Court in Milan, Italy, rendered a decision in the case of the kidnapping of Abu Omar. Omar was alleged to have been an extremist imam from a mosque in Milan who was taken from Italy to Egypt, via the Ramstein U.S. Air Force Base in […]

Italy: Clarification of Aspects of Taxation of Resident Entities in Black-Listed Jurisdictions

(Nov. 9, 2010) The Italian Tax Authority (Agenzia delle Entrate, ITA) issued Ministerial Circular No. 51/E on October 6, 2010, to clarify the rules on controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) found in Law No. 102/2009 and also to clarify the tax regimes that apply to inbound dividends derived from and costs incurred by resident entities in […]

Italy: Recent Circulars Issued on VAT and Black-Listed Jurisdictions

(Nov. 4, 2010) Two circulars issued recently by the Italian Tax Authority (ITA) (Agenzia delle Entrate) seek to clarify the valued-added-tax (VAT) regime, in connection with black-listed countries. The black-listed countries are tax havens, whose rate of taxation is significantly lower than that applied in Italy. Circular No. 53, issued on October 21, 2010, provides […]

Italy; United Nations: Plan to Introduce Resolution on Religious Minorities

(Sept. 13, 2010) On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. Frattini stated, [f]reedom of religion is a principle that applies to every religion.” (Italy to Present UN […]

Italy; United Nations: Wiretapping Bill Criticized

(July 14, 2010) On July 13, 2010, Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, criticized a draft Italian law on wiretapping. The proposed law covers surveillance and eavesdropping in criminal investigations, but some observers are concerned it may limit the work of journalists and impinge on freedom of expression. La Rue […]