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Italy and the EU

Latest business news about Italy and the European Union.

Russian import duties on German, Italian vans illegal, rules WTO
Anti-dumping duties on vans imported from Italy and Germany, introduced by Russia in 2013, were declared illegal by a World Trade Organization panel saying the duties hindered exports of the vehicles.

EU reels from Italy vote as Renzi resigns
Italy was left facing economic and political uncertainty Monday as prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned after voters rejected his plans to reform the constitution.

Brexit to Have a Positive Impact on the Made in Italy brand
Livio Vaninetti, Director of Frost & Sullivan Italy, comments on the implications for the country following the Leave vote in the UK.

EU Strategy for the Alpine Region
The European Commission officially launched the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) - the fourth EU macro-regional strategy - on 28 July. More than 70 million citizens will reap the benefits of a closer cooperation between regions and countries in terms of research and innovation, SME support, mobility, tourism, environmental protection and energy resources management. This macro-regional strategy concerns seven countries; five Member States - Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia - and two non-EU countries - Liechtenstein and Switzerland - overall involving 48 regions.

Italy: country overview
Italy has a diversified industrial economy, which is divided into a developed industrial north, dominated by private companies, and a less-developed, welfare-dependent, agricultural south, with high unemployment.

Doing business in Italy: Staff welfare
This guide summarizes the main rules that regulate employers' social obligations to their workers.

Doing business in Italy: Sustainability
The Italian government encourages businesses to improve environmental standards and act responsibly in this area. The government does not impose measures on sustainability but provides incentives for businesses that wish to do so.

Doing business in Italy: Environmental rules
National policies on environmental legislation aim to reduce pollution and promote sustainable energy. In Italy, businesses are held responsible for the environmental impact of their activities.

Italy's Tremonti to meet eurozone's Juncker Wednesday
Italian finance minister Giulio Tremonti will hold talks on Wednesday in Luxembourg with eurozone chief Jean-Claude Juncker, as pressure intensified on Rome on government bond markets.

EES 2011 Italy National Report
The Eurochambres Economic Survey 2011 report on Italy gives an overview of the Italian economy in 2010 and provides a detailed analysis of the economic indicators: turnover, national sales, export, employment, investment, and business confidence.

Sky Italia can participate in allocation of TV frequencies in Italy: EU
The European Commission has authorised Sky Italia, the Italian subsidiary of Newscorp, to participate in the future tender for the allocation of nationwide digital terrestrial television frequencies in Italy.

EU to investigate aid granted to SEA Handling of Italy
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into compensation for losses incurred by SEA Handling, an Italian groundhandling company operating at airports in Milan. The losses have been absorbed by the Italian authorities since 2002 through the public airport operator at Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports.

EU approves Italian retail gas joint venture between A2A and Gazprom
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation an Italian gas retail supply company between A2A Spa of Italy and Gazprom Germania GmbH, a subsidiary of Gazprom.

EU approves EUR 16m for new Fiat transmission unit
The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, EUR 16 million of regional investment aid, which the Italian authorities intend to grant to Fiat Powertrain Technologies, a subsidiary of the Fiat Group, for the production of car transmissions in Verrone, Italy.

EU questions Italy, Poland and Germany over safety of inland waterways vessels
The European Commission has yesterday sent reasoned opinions to Italy, Poland and Germany for failing to notify measures for the implementation of EU legislation ensuring technical harmonisation and safety on EU inland waterways.

EU warns Italy on discriminatory pension age again
The European Commission has issued on Thursday a new request to Italy to comply with a 2008 European Court of Justice ruling that different pensionable ages for male and female civil servants violate the principle of equal pay.

EU approves acquisition of Mobil Oil Austria by ENI
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Mobil Oil Austria by Agip Austria, which is wholly controlled by ENI of Italy.

EU okays Italian compensation for power cuts in Sardinia and Sicily
The European Commission has authorised under EU State aid rules a scheme designed to remunerate companies for the provision of instant interruptibility services (the acceptance of power cuts to avoid black outs) in Italy's largest islands, Sardinia and Sicily.

EC approves joint venture between TOTAL and ERG
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed merger of Total Italia and Erg Petroli (EGP), both of Italy, into a new joint venture, active in the refined oil sector.

Italian dividend tax incompatible with EU rules: Court
A new reformed tax regime for Italian-sourced dividends is incompatible with EC legislation on free movement of capital and freedom of establishment, according to a ruling by the European Court of Justice on 1 December 2009.

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo
Bonelli Erede Pappalardo enjoys a distinguished reputation as one of Italy's finest law firms and is one of the few Italian firms capable of offering comprehensive legal advice in all sectors of business law.

Representation of the European Commission in Italy
Contacts of the European Commission representation in Italy.

Italy Investment Climate 2010
The Government of Italy (GOI) maintains a welcoming posture to foreign investment and has made modest progress in addressing the structural economic disincentives that discourage investment, innovation and greater economic dynamism.

Starting a business in Italy
An overview of the process of starting a new business in Italy.

Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Italy.