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Factsheet for case IT-2020-12/1000 – measures in Italy

Suspension of conditionality requirements for income support measures

Sospensione delle misure di condizionalità per l'attribuzione di alcune prestazioni di sostegno al reddito

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 17 March 2020 – 17 July 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Income support for unemployed
Author Lisa Dorigatti (University of Milan) and Eurofound
Case created 15 July 2020 (updated 17 July 2020)

Background information

In order to limit the movement of people throughout the national territory during the COVID-19 crisis, the Law Decree No. 18 of 17 March 2020 (art. 40) suspended the conditionality requirements connected to the reception of the citizenship income and of other income support instruments (for instance NASPI and DISCOLL) for two months.

Content of measure

The conditionality requirements connected with the reception of various income support measures generally addressed unemployed and people seeking for a job (citizenship income, NASPI and DISCOLL) were suspended by Law Decree No. 18 of 17 March 2020. Hence, recipients of these income support measures will continue to receive the benefits without being obliged to participate to the definition of an Employment Pact, to carry out active job search or to accept suitable job offers. This measure was introduced in order to limit the movement of people on the national territory.

Law Decree No. 34 of 19 May 2020 (art. 79) further extended the suspension for another two months.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Other groups of workers
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


Social partners were not involved in designing, implementing and monitoring the measure.

Views and reactions

Trade unions were supportive of the measure. Employers' associations and, in particular Confindustria called for a permanent removal of conditionality requirements to the citizenship income and, in particular, the abolition of the so called "navigators", i.e. public officials responsible for active labour market policies.



Eurofound (2020), Suspension of conditionality requirements for income support measures, case IT-2020-12/1000 (measures in Italy), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.