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Factsheet for measure IT-2022-39/3088 Updated – measures in Italy

Supporting the purchase of fuel for agricultural and fishing activities

Supporto acquisto carburanti attività agricole e di pesca

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 23 September 2022 – 30 September 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Alessandro Smilari (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini)
Measure added 19 February 2023 (updated 29 November 2023)

Background information

Decree Law 144/2022, also known as the 'Decreto Aiuti Ter' ('3rd Aid Decree'), provided for further measures to support the economy of households and businesses, following the two previous 'Decreti Aiuti ('Aid Decrees'). This decree provides economic support to agricultural enterprises to mitigate high fuel prices. The Budget Law 2023, law n. 197/2022, extended this support for the first quarter of 2023.

Content of measure

An extraordinary subsidy (provided in the form of a tax credit) is envisaged for enterprises engaged in agricultural and fishing activities and for enterprises engaged in agro-mechanical activities. The planned contribution is 20% of the expenditure incurred for the purchase of fuel in the fourth quarter of the year 2022, proven through purchase invoices.

The Budget Law extended the tax credit equal to 20% of the expenditure incurred in the first quarter of 2023, for the purchase of fuel used for traction vehicles used in agricultural activities. In addition, fuel-related expenditures are also eligible for heating greenhouses and buildings used for animal husbandry.


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

10 May 2023

The Italian Decree Law 51/2023 introduces Article 8-bis, amending Article 7 of Decree Law 115/2022 by extending the deadline from 30 June 2023 to 30 September 2023.

24 February 2023

The most recent Law "Milleproroghe" (has modified the deadline, extending the applicability of credits derived from purchases made in the third quarter of 2022. Originally set to expire on 31 March 2023, this period has now been increased, allowing for these credits to be used until 30 June 2023, with the aim of providing more flexibility.

Use of measure

No data 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
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


No information about involvement.

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
      A2 Forestry and logging
      A3 Fishing and aquaculture

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2023), Supporting the purchase of fuel for agricultural and fishing activities, measure IT-2022-39/3088 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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