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Italy: Rome Regulations to Protect Carriage Horses

(Mar. 3, 2010) On February 22, 2010, new regulations went into effect in Rome, Italy, to better protect horses that pull tourist buggies. The new rules ban grueling uphill climbs, limit the animals' work day to an eight-hour maximum with mandatory breaks, prescribe regular health checks, and require the drivers to display license plates to […]

Italy: Circular to Clarify Tax Amnesty for Offshore Assets

(Oct. 23, 2009) Under Ministerial Circular No. 43/E of October 10, 2009, the Italian Tax Authorities (ITA) seek to clarify the provisions on the tax amnesty set forth in Law No. 141 (converted from Law Decree No. 103 on October 3, 2009). Law No. 141 stipulates that from September 15, 2009, to December 15, 2009, […]

Italy: Rules on Controlled Foreign Corporations and Tax Havens Tightened

(Sept. 28, 2009) Law Decree No. 78, published in Italy's official gazette on July 1, 2009, covers a basket of new measures to deal with the global financial crisis, including a tightening of rules on tax havens and controlled foreign corporations (CFCs). The Law Decree entered in force on July 1, 2009, and was converted […]

Italy: Highway Safety Code Revised, Fines Increased

(Sept. 11, 2009) Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). The new rules, which are modifications of the highway safety code, apply to cars, bikes, and […]

Italy: Fight Against Piracy

(Sept. 9, 2009) On July 22, 2009, the Italian Parliament converted Decree-Law No. 61 of June 15, 2009, into Law No. 100, approving urgent provisions on combating piracy. It came into force on the day after its publication in the official gazette. According to this law, appropriate measures will be taken when actions are perpetrated […]

Italy: Voting from Home Allowed in Some Cases

(June 3, 2009) The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 46 of May 7, 2009, to allow voters to vote from home when affected by an illness that makes it impossible for them to leave the house. The Law amends article 1 of Decree-Law No. 1 of January 3, 2006 (as amended). The newly amended […]

Italy: Day to Fight Abuse of Minors Established

(June 3, 2009) The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 41 of May 4, 2009, establishing May 5 as the national anti-pedophilia and anti-child pornography day, dedicated to reflection on the fight against abuse of minors. The law stipulates that the activities organized for the occasion of the national day should be directed at sensitizing […]

Italy: Prosecutors Investigate Quake Damage with a View to Charges

(Apr. 16, 2009) The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The concern is that some of the buildings that collapsed on victims might have been made using […]

Italy: Constitutional Court Ruling in Connection with Ongoing Extraordinary Rendition Trial

(Mar. 20, 2009) The Constitutional Court of Italy, in a ruling delivered on March 11, 2009, held that wiretap surveillance on Italian secret service agents by Milan prosecutors in the Abu Omar rendition case had violated state secrecy laws “by gathering and attempting to introduce evidence that the government said would harm national security.” (Italy: […]

Italy: Constitutional Court Ruling in Connection with Ongoing Extraordinary Rendition Trial

(Mar. 20, 2009) The Constitutional Court of Italy, in a ruling delivered on March 11, 2009, held that wiretap surveillance on Italian secret service agents by Milan prosecutors in the Abu Omar rendition case had violated state secrecy laws. The decision was deemed in the press to be “a heavy blow” to the prosecution of […]