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Factsheet for measure IT-2022-2/2162 – measures in Italy

Non-repayable allowance for the tanning industry

Contributi a fondo perduto per l'industria conciaria

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 08 January 2022
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 12 January 2022 (updated 04 February 2022)

Background information

The prolonged pandemic crisis has harshly impacted the Italian manufacturing industries, the so-called “made in Italy”, including the tanning sector. These sectors, after the decline in the production during the first phases of the COVID-19 emergency, displayed the first signs of recovery in 2021. Nevertheless, the current increase in the prices of raw materials has further exacerbated their financial sustainability. Accordingly, the Government introduced non-repayable contributions for the tanning industry.

Content of measure

To support the restart of the manufacturing sectors in Italy, and in particular the tanning industry, the Government has devoted a non-repayable grant amounting to €10 million in favour of the companies operating within the various production districts belonging to the tanning industry.

The non-repayable allowances are allocated to companies belonging to a tanning district on the national territory that present, individually or in an integrated supply chain mode, investment projects able to increase their competitiveness through the introduction of digital production processes and product innovations.

The costs eligible for the allowance include industrial research or experimental development, as well as guaranteeing the environmental sustainability of investments.

The request for the allowance has to correspond to a minimum of €50,000 and to a maximum of €200,000 for single companies; and to a maximum threshold of eligible expenses of €500,000 for integrated district projects.

Use of measure

Not 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
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
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 have not been involved.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C15 Manufacture of leather and related products

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2022), Non-repayable allowance for the tanning industry, measure IT-2022-2/2162 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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