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Factsheet for measure IT-2022-33/2914 – measures in Italy

Energy suppliers are not allowed to unilaterally modify contracts

Stop modifiche ai contratti energetici

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 09 August 2022 – 30 April 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Responses to inflation
– Support for energy bills
Author Alessandro Smilari (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini)
Measure added 15 September 2022 (updated 10 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. In order to implement the package, €15 billion has been earmarked, plus a further €2 billion for long-term measures.

Content of measure

The article 3 of the 'aid bis' decree specifies that until 30 April 2023, the effectiveness of any contractual clause allowing the electricity and natural gas supply company to unilaterally change the general terms and conditions of the contract relating to price definition is suspended.

The decree also imposes, from January 2023, on suppliers of the service of last resort the obligation to "offer vulnerable customers the supply of natural gas at a price that reflects the actual cost of supply in the wholesale market, the efficient costs of the marketing service and the contractual conditions and quality of service".

Use of measure

No data available.

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
No special funding required

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

The social partners were informed about the contents of the decree. As far as trade unions are concerned, those definitely informed are CGIL (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro), CISL (Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Lavoratori) and UIL (Unione Italiana del Lavoro), the three main confederations. As for the employers' associations, those definitely informed are Confcommercio, Confesercenti, Federdistribuzione, Alleanza cooperative, Federterziario, Confservizi and Confetra.

Views and reactions

No data available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      D - Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply D35 Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 16 August 2022: Bills, in the Aid bis decree the stop (until May 2023) to unilateral changes to contracts with increases for consumers (www.ilfattoquotidiano.it)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Energy suppliers are not allowed to unilaterally modify contracts, measure IT-2022-33/2914 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IT-2022-33_2914.html

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