Italy

    • EU approves Italy state aid for energy intensive firms

      EU approves Italy state aid for energy intensive firms

      The European Commission announced it had given green light to the plans of Italy to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices resulting from indirect emission costs under the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). The scheme will cover indirect emission costs incurred in the period 2020-2030, with a provisional budget of approximately €1.49 billion.

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    • G20 bargains on $150bn minimum corporate tax deal

      G20 bargains on $150bn minimum corporate tax deal

      Taxes will be in the focus of the first face to face meeting of finance ministers and central bankers of the G20 countries since the start of pandemic. The meeting takes place in Venice, Italy, Reuters elaborated. The agreement of minimum corporate tax valid worldwide will be the core of debates.

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    • Ocean Viking rescue ship gets authorization to dock at Italian port

      Ocean Viking rescue ship gets authorization to dock at Italian port

      The Ocean Viking rescue ship has been granted authorization to dock at the Italian port of Augusta after days of seeking a safe harbour, the organization announced late on Thursday. Earlier, the crew of the vessel had described deteriorating conditions on board the ship, which is carrying more than 570 migrants on board, dpa reported. "The situation is beyond imagination. Tensions and exhaustion are at a peak on board the Ocean Viking," Luisa Albera, search and rescue coordinator on the ship, said in a statement.

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    • Architecture that generates light in dialogue with time

      Architecture that generates light in dialogue with time

      With the opening of an exhibition by architectural photographer Camilla Borghese on 7 July in the Bulgarian capital, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia mark Italian Design Day. The exhibition is entitled Form and Light: The Sign of Architectural Continuity.

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    • Italy cracks on fake EU digital Covid-19 certificates

      Italy cracks on fake EU digital Covid-19 certificates

      Italian police announced it had broken up a large number of online schemes set to offer for sale fake EU digital Covid-19 status certificates or falsely administered coronavirus vaccines. The investigation was supervised by the cybercrime prosecutor’s office in Milan and showed that thousands of people were ready to pay for false certificates, Reuters reported. The EU on Thursday launched a digital Covid-19 certificate designed to help citizens travel across Europe bloc and restart the summer tourism.

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    • Italy to lift mask requirement outdoors next week

      Italy to lift mask requirement outdoors next week

      Italy will drop mask requirements outdoors in so-called white zones, where there is a low coronavirus risk, from next week, news wires reported. "From June 28 we are moving past the need to wear masks outdoors in white zones, though [this will be done] always in compliance with precautionary measures established by the CTS [scientific technical committee]," Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said in a Facebook post on Monday.

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    • More than 2m Italian families including 1.3m minors live in absolute poverty

      More than 2m Italian families including 1.3m minors live in absolute poverty

      The Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) announced on Wednesday that more than two million families in Italy were living in conditions of absolute poverty in 2020, 7.7% of the total, up from 6.4% in 2019, ANSA reported. In terms of individuals, over 5.6 million people were in absolute poverty in Italy last year, 9.4% of the population, up from 7.7% the previous year, according to the Italian statistics agency.

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