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Italy: Legislation to Improve Government Educational Buildings and Research

(Apr. 22, 2016) On March 29, 2016, new legislation aimed at bettering government-run educational facilities and research was passed in Italy. (Decree Law No. 42 of March 29, 2016, Urgent Provisions on the Functionality of the Education System and Research (D.L. No. 42), GAZETTA UFFICIALE No. 73 (Mar. 29, 2016), available at NORMATTIVA (in Italian).)

D.L. No. 42 includes measures for the improvement of school buildings run by the government and for the performance of cleaning and auxiliary services in them. (Id. art. 1) The new legislation appropriates €64 million (about US$72 million) for the year 2016, to pay for maintenance and beautification services for buildings used as headquarters of state schools and educational institutions. (Id. art. 1(1).) The legislation extends the deadline for the expenditure of these new funds from July 31 to December 31, 2016. (Id. art. 2(1).)

The new legislation also recognizes the accomplishments of the Center for Advanced Studies (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Gran Sasso) and  grants funds worth €3 million (about US$3.4 million) to ensure its financial stability. (Id. art. 2(1); Gran Sasso Science Institute website (last visited Apr. 20, 2016).) The new funds will allow the Gran Sasso Institute to increase its research staff. (D.L. No. 42 art. 2(3).)