Rome council votes against free market Bolkestein directive

Rome votes to postpone changes to existing commercial licences until 2020. Rome's city council has approved a motion presented by mayor Virginia Raggi's Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) to postpone impleme...

Ryanair and easyJet cancel flights

Italian strikes lead Ryanair and easyJet to cancel flights Italy's national public transport and air traffic controllers strike is affecting flights throughout the country on Friday 12 December, c...

Italy bank tax on foreign income suspended until 1 July

Italy bows to foreign and domestic protests After a week of rumours and uncertainty the controversial 20 per cent withholding tax on all income transferred from abroad into personal bank accounts i...

Selling the family jewels

The loudest reactions to the increased Spanish investment in Telco, the largest shareholder in Italy’s Telecom, have been negative. The unions are worried about the possible loss of jobs; politi...

Economic crisis hits Lazio households

Almost 10 per cent of residents in Lazio are turning off their heating in an attempt to save money, according to figures produced by the regional branches of CGIL, CISL and UIL trade unions. Using...

Day of strikes and protests in Rome

There are numerous strikes and protests in Rome on Wednesday 14 November, causing widespread disruption to the city. The nationwide strike will see Italy's railway employees cease work from 14.00-1...

Public transport strike in Rome

A 24-hour strike by Rome's public transport companies is scheduled for Friday 22 June. Organised by the Unione Sindacale di Base (USB), the protest involves all of Rome

Public transport strikes in Rome

Rome faces disruption to its public transport services due to a number of strikes between Thursday 15 and Friday 16 December against the new government's economic policies. On 15 December a region...

Italy’s unions call strike for 12 December

Italy's main trade unions have scheduled a three-hour strike for Monday 12 December, in protest at Italian prime minister Mario Monti's emergency budget known as the Salva Italia plan. The CGIL, CI...

Rome faces strikes and protests on 17 November

Strikes and protests are likely to cause disruption for commuters in Rome on Thursday 17 November. A series of public transport strikes called by trades unions representing public transport workers wi...

Mario Draghi moves to the European Central Bank

Mario Draghi took over as head of the European Central Bank (ECB) on 1 November after five years as head of Italy

It’s census time

Sunday 9 October was the start date for filling in the questionnaire for Italy

Strikes hit Italy on 6 September

Airports in Rome will be affected by a strike on 6 September from 10.00-18.00 and railways in an out of the city from 09.00-17.00. Public transport in Rome will come to a halt from 09.00-17.00. Fe...

Italy in figures

According to figures just realeased by Italy

Sales in Rome

The 2011 sales season in Rome and Lazio kicks off on 6 January. Known as the Befana in Italy, the feast of the Epiphany is a public holiday and marks a slightly later start than usual to the shopping...

Sales in Rome

The 2011 sales season in Rome and Lazio kicks off on 6 January. Known as the Befana in Italy, the feast of the Epiphany is a public holiday and marks a slightly later start than usual to the shopping...

Government tax on Rome's ring road illegal

A tariff raised by the government along Rome

Italians spend less on food

Italians are buying less and not such good quality food as they used to, according to the latest data released by the national statistics institute Istat on domestic consumer spending in 2009. The...

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