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Factsheet for measure IT-2022-27/2880 – measures in Italy

One-time €200 bonus against inflation

Bonus 200 euro contro l'inflazione

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 July 2022 – 30 September 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Responses to inflation
– Increasing income in general
Author Alessandro Smilari (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini)
Measure added 14 September 2022 (updated 09 October 2022)

Background information

Decree-Law No. 115 of 9 August 2022, published in Official Gazette No. 185 of 9 August 2022, is called the 'Decreto Aiuti Bis', as it adds to or modifies some of the points contained in the previous 'Decreto Aiuti' (Decree-Law No. 50 of 17 May 2022). This decree contains measures against the high cost of living and rising energy costs.

Content of measure

The measure provides a bonus of €200 (one-off) to counteract the high inflation, which reached 6.2% in April. The government decided to provide instruments that could limit the risks of further inflation increases. The total amount allocated for this measure is unknown.

The €200 bonus is paid differently depending on the category requesting it. It is due to the following categories:

  • public and private employees
  • pensioners;
  • domestic workers;
  • seasonal workers in tourism and entertainment;
  • self-employed workers and freelancers;
  • Citizenship Income recipients;
  • home sales agents.
  • holders of coordinated and continuous collaboration relationships;
  • unemployed recipients of NASpI, DIS-COLL (two social security measures) and agricultural unemployment.
  • sports collaborators;
  • PhD students and research fellows.

The bonus is paid directly with the pension when the beneficiary is a pensioner, a paycheck in the case of an employee, following a special application for self-employed workers, with a supplement or additional allowance in the case of unemployed or citizenship income recipients. The bonus is granted to employees subject to self-declaration and automatically to pensioners and recipients of NASPI, DIS-COLL and Citizenship Income. All others will have to submit a special application to INPS (social security institute).

In order to implement the package, €15 billion has been earmarked, plus a further €2 billion for long-term measures.

Use of measure

No data available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Workers in non-standard forms of employment
Unemployed
Other groups of workers
Does not apply to businesses Pensioners
People on social benefits

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 Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

No data available.

Views and reactions

Codacons, a consumer protection association, reported that "the €200 bonus, extended in the Dl Aiuti Bis to those who were excluded from the first credit, is totally useless if not accompanied by effective measures to safeguard purchasing power in the long term".

Sources

  • 05 August 2022: Dl Aiuti Bis: interventi da 17 mld per contrastare l’inflazione. Ecco le misure contro il caro bollette (www.finanza.com)
  • 11 August 2022: Bonus 200 euro: a chi spetta, come ottenerlo, tutte le novità (www.ticonsiglio.com)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), One-time €200 bonus against inflation, measure IT-2022-27/2880 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IT-2022-27_2880.html

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