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Factsheet for measure IT-2020-51/1672 Updated – measures in Italy

Non-repayable allowance for the activities in the catering sector

Contributo a fondo perduto da destinare all’attività dei servizi di ristorazione

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 19 December 2020 – 31 December 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Anna Mori (University of Milan)
Measure added 07 January 2021 (updated 04 February 2022)

Background information

The Law Decree no. 172, issued on 18 December 2020, introduced a non-repayable fund to support the activities and the operators in the economic sectors further affected by the new restrictive measures. In particular, the fund is devoted to the activities in the catering sector that had already benefited from the same allowance, as provided for the Law Decree n. 34 issued on 19 May 2020.

Content of measure

The non-repayable fund established by the Law Decree no. 172/2020 amounts to €455 million for the year 2020, and to €190 million for 2021 (Article 2). It is devoted to the operators in the catering sector, performing as main activity, one of the following:

  • catering with delivery;
  • catering activities related to farms;
  • catering for take-away;
  • ice cream parlors and pastry shops;
  • itinerant ice cream and pastry shops;
  • street itinerant catering.

Only operators holding a VAT registered number activated prior to 1 December 2020 and who have already benefited from the non-repayable allowance as provided for the Law Decree n. 34/2020 (issued on 19 May 2020) are eligible. The amount of the allowance corresponds to the allowance already paid previously, as according to the Law Decree n. 34/2020, and which in any case cannot exceed €150,000. The allowance is paid directly by the Income Revenue Agency by direct crediting the sum to the bank account on which the previous contribution was paid.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

27 December 2021

In the light of the prolonged economic difficulties affecting the catering sector, the Government on 27 December 2021 allocated a further €100 million to support canteens, catering companies, and foodservice operators. Specifically, eligible companies for the allowance must have suffered in 2020 a reduction in turnover of no less than 15% compared to the turnover of 2019 and have to perform catering services defined by a contract with a client, public or private, for the non-occasional catering of a delimited and defined community, such as catering for schools, offices, universities, hospital, social-health structures, and prison facilities.

Use of measure

The non-repayable allowance has been introduced on 19 December 2020. Data on the share of beneficiaries are not yet available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

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


The has been no involvement of the social partners. The measure has been unilaterally introduced by the National Government through a Law Decree.

Views and reactions

The has been no involvement of the social partners. The measure has been unilaterally introduced by the National Government through a Law Decree.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I56 Food and beverage service activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2021), Non-repayable allowance for the activities in the catering sector, measure IT-2020-51/1672 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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