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Factsheet for measure IT-2021-22/1990 – measures in Italy

Discipline of the unemployment benefit

Disposizioni in materia di NASPI

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 25 May 2021 – 31 December 2021
Context COVID-19
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
Measure added 29 July 2021

Background information

In order to better support unemployed people in facing the economic emergency connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, Law Decree No. 73 of 25 May 2021 introduces the suspension until 31 December 2021 of the reduction mechanism of the Naspi unemployment benefit foreseen by Law Decree No. 22 of 4 March 2015.

Content of measure

Art. 38 of Law Decree No. 73 of 25 May 2021 (converted into Law No. 106 of 23 July 2021) suspends the automatic reduction mechanism of the Naspi unemployment benefit until 31 December 2021. According to Decree Law No. 22 of 4 March 2015, in fact, the amount of the Naspi unemployment benefit is automatically reduced by 3% every month starting from the first day of the fourth month of reception. This mechanism will resume effect on 1 January 2022. The same provision applies also to the derogatory mobility support scheme.

The cost of this measure was estimated in €327.2 million for the year 2021.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to businesses 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


No involvement.

Views and reactions

No specific information available.



Eurofound (2021), Discipline of the unemployment benefit, measure IT-2021-22/1990 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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