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Factsheet for measure IT-2021-13/1869 – measures in Italy

Support measures for mountain municipalities in ski districts

Misure di sostegno ai Comuni a vocazione montana appartenenti a comprensori sciistici

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 22 March 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 14 April 2021 (updated 30 July 2021)

Background information

The Law Decree no. 41, issued on 22 March 2021, the so-called “Support decree”, established a specific measure to support the municipalities located in the mountain areas and belonging to ski districts. The prolonged COVID-19 emergency and the related closure of most of the touristic activities, including the ski district, has put under strain these activities. Accordingly, the “Support decree” provided for an ad hoc financial support.

Content of measure

At the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Law Decree no. 41, issued on 22 March 2021, established an ad hoc Fund with an endowment corresponding to €700 million for the year 2021. The Fund aims to provide a financial support for the activities located in the mountain areas belonging to the ski districts. The Fund is transferred to the regions and to the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano which are in charge of allocating the resources to the interested municipalities. The mountain municipalities belonging to ski areas included in this measure have to be classified by the Italian National Office for Statistics (ISTAT) in 2019 within the following two touristic categories:

  • municipalities with a mountain vocation;
  • municipalities with a mountain vocation and with a cultural, historical, artistic, and landscaping vocation.

Within 30 days from the date of entry into force of the Law Decree, a decree will be adopted by the Minister of Tourism, in agreement with the Minister of Economy and Finance, with the Minister for Regional Affairs and Autonomies, with the Permanent Conference for the Relations between the State, the Regions and the Autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano, establishing the conditions to allocate the Fund to the regions and to the autonomous provinces. Then, within 30 days from the issue of the ministerial decree, the regions and the autonomous provinces allocate the resources to the interested municipalities which, at their turn, will transfer the allowances to the economic activities entitled to benefit from the measure.

Use of measure

Information are not available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional 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 social partners have not been involved.

Views and reactions

The social partners are expected to be supportive.


  • 22 March 2021: DECRETO-LEGGE 22 marzo 2021, n. 41 Misure urgenti in materia di sostegno alle imprese e agli operatori economici, di lavoro, salute e servizi territoriali, connesse all'emergenza da COVID-19 (


Eurofound (2021), Support measures for mountain municipalities in ski districts, measure IT-2021-13/1869 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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