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Factsheet for measure IT-2022-33/2921 Updated – measures in Italy

Resources allocated to development contracts

Risorse destinate ai contratti di sviluppo

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 09 August 2022 – 31 December 2030
Context Digital Transformation
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Alessandro Smilari (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini)
Measure added 17 September 2022 (updated 12 March 2023)

Background information

The Development Contract was introduced by Article 43 of Decree Law No. 112 of 25 June 2008 and has been operational since 2011. The 'Decreto Aiuti bis' (Law No. 115 of 9 August 2022) provides for the refinancing of these contracts to promote the technological and digital innovation of Italian companies.

Content of measure

The development contract is an instrument to support large-scale, strategic and innovative productive investment programmes to meet the Government's objectives of reconversion and reindustrialisation of certain Italian areas through the granting of incentives and facilities. The National Agency for the Attraction of Investments and Enterprise Development S.p.A. (Invitalia) manages the development contracts.

Through the 'Decreto Aiuti bis' new resources are made available for the use of development contracts: €40 million in 2022, €400 million in 2023, €12 million for each year from 2024 to 2030. In addition to these funds, an allocation of €2 billion is made available, but only for projects that reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption through the electrification of production processes and the use of hydrogen.

Development contracts are instruments that support:

  • industrial development programmes, including programmes for the processing and marketing of agricultural products;
  • development programmes for environmental protection;
  • programmes for the development of tourism activities (which may include, for an amount not exceeding 20% of the total investments to be made, programmes for the development of commercial activities).


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

29 December 2022

The Budget Law 2023 refinanced the development contracts for the industry and tourism sectors (for the period 2023-2027), with a total allocation of €4 billion.

Use of measure

No data 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
National funds

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


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.



Eurofound (2022), Resources allocated to development contracts, measure IT-2022-33/2921 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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