The steps Italy has taken in order to become the next “startup nation”

Tuesday, 06 November 2012

November 6, 2012 - On 4th October 2012, the Italian Government approved a Law Decree on “Further urgent measures for Italy’s economic growth”. Section IX of the Law Decree (articles 25 to 32) provides for specific measures which are aimed at promoting the creation and development of startups. This is the first time the Italian legislation deals with such companies.

The regulations on startups draw on the Report “Restart, Italia!”, which was elaborated by the Task Force set up by the Italian Minister of Economic Development Corrado Passera in April 2012. The Task Force was made up of 12 members, including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, academics, journalists and civil servants, and was coordinated by Alessandro Fusacchia, the Minister's Advisor for European Affairs, innovation, and youth. The Report was publicly released on 13th September 2012.

After being approved by the Italian Government, the Law Decree was signed by the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano and published in the Official Journal (Decree Law no. 179, 18th October 2012). The Italian Parliament now has 60 days to convert the decree into law. Consequently, the legislative procedure will be completed by the end of 2012. 

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