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Italy: New Regulations Setting Further Measures to Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic Enter into Effect

(Apr. 8, 2020) On March 23, 2020, a circular entitled Urgent Measures to Contain and Manage the Epidemiologic Emergency Caused by COVID-19 Applicable Throughout the National Territory (Circular), which was issued by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Extraordinary Commissioner for the Implementation of Measures to Contain and Fight the Epidemiological Emergency […]

Italy: New Regulations Granting Government Funds to Companies During the Coronavirus Pandemic Enter into Effect

(Apr. 6, 2020) On March 23, 2020, the Ordinance of March 23, 2020, Benefits for Companies During the COVID-19 Emergency issued by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister’s Office) and the Extraordinary Commissioner for the Implementation of Measures to Contain and Fight the Epidemiological Emergency Caused by COVID-19 (Ordinance No. 4) entered […]

Italy: New Provisions Amending the Civil Protection Code Take Effect

(Mar. 30, 2020) On February 27, 2020, Legislative Decree No. 4 of February 6, 2020 (L.D. No. 4), amending Legislative Decree No. 1 of January 2, 2018, the Code of Civil Protection (C.P.C.) entered into force in Italy. (Decreto Legislativo 6 febbraio 2020, n. 4, Disposizioni Integrative e Correttive del Decreto Legislativo 2 gennaio 2018, […]

Italy: Provision of Regional Basilicata Law Granting State Legal Aid to Certain Criminal Defendants Ruled Unconstitutional

(Mar. 3, 2020) On November 19, 2019, the Italian Constitutional Court declared the unconstitutionality of article 7, paragraph 2 of Law No. 45 of the Basilicata Region, which granted legal assistance to certain criminal defendants. (Decision No. 285 of November 11, 2019  (the Decision) (in Italian).) Request for Declaration of Unconstitutionality  The President of the […]

Italy: Reform of Statute of Limitations in Criminal Cases (“Bonafede Reform”) Takes Effect

(Feb. 21, 2020) On January 1 2020, article 1 of Law No. 3 of January 9, 2019 (Legge 9 gennaio 2019, n. 3) (Law No. 3)—named the “Bonafede reform” after Italian Minister of Justice Alfonso Bonafede—entered into force. The provision amends article 159, paragraph 2 of the Criminal Code to introduce a controversial suspension of […]

Italy: Criminal Code Provision Outlawing Assisted Suicide Ruled Unconstitutional

(Jan. 7, 2020) On November 22, 2019, the Italian Constitutional Court declared that application of article 580 of the Penal Code penalizing assisted suicide is unconstitutional in certain circumstances. (Decision No. 242 of November 22, 2019 (the Decision) (in Italian).) Background of the Case The case was referred to the Constitutional Court by the Court of […]

Italy: Law Authorizing Emergency Rescue Loan to Alitalia Takes Effect

(Dec. 20, 2019) On December 3, 2019, Decree Law No. 137 of December 2, 2019 (Decreto-Legge 2 dicembre 2019, n. 137) (D.L. No. 137), containing urgent measures to ensure the continuity of service of Alitalia, entered into force in Italy. The new legislation authorizes a government loan of 400 million euros (about US$442 million) to […]

Italy: Requirement to Complete Two-Thirds of Sentence to Obtain Early Release for Certain Kidnapping Crimes Ruled Unconstitutional

(Dec. 16, 2019) On November 8, 2019, the Italian Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional a provision of Law No. 354 of July 26, 1975 (article 58-quater, paragraph 4) requiring that persons convicted of kidnapping for the purposes of robbery, extortion, terrorism, or subversion, during the perpetration of which the victim died, be ineligible for early release […]

Italy: New Provisions on Recruitment of School Staff and Research Entities and the Qualification of Teachers Take Effect

(Dec. 6, 2019) On October 31, 2019, Decree Law No. 126 of October 29, 2019 (Decreto-Legge 29 ottobre 2019, n. 126) (D.L. No. 126), containing extraordinary measures on the recruitment of staff at school and research entities and on the qualification of teachers, entered into force in Italy. The new measures are aimed at tackling […]