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Factsheet for measure IT-2023-1/3081 – measures in Italy

Incentive fund for qualification of port workers

Fondo per l’incentivazione alla qualificazione del lavoro portuale

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2026
Context Green Transition, Digital Transformation
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Alessandro Smilari (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini) and Eurofound
Measure added 18 February 2023 (updated 01 April 2023)

Background information

The Budget Law 2023, through the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, introduced a Fund for Incentives for Port Labour Qualification. The aim of the measure is to help the conversion of port sites, to foster automation and make the digital transformation more efficient by promoting training and improving the skills of workers in the sector.

Content of measure

The Fund is intended to grant a contribution equal to 80% of the expenditure incurred for the retraining of workers and the maintenance of employment levels for the implementation of automation and digitalisation processes in port areas.

In particular, the following will be facilitated:

  • The renewal of professional licences and qualifications for driving vehicles for transport activities within the port area, for a maximum amount of €2,500 per employee
  • new models of organisation and management for a maximum amount of €10,000 per enterprise
  • staff retraining models through functional training activities to maintain employment levels in relation to automation and digitalisation processes, for a maximum amount of €50,000 per enterprise.

To support the Fund, an allocation of €3 million is foreseen for each year from 2023 to 2026. In addition, a share of €500,000 is foreseen for the year 2023 for the rollout of the IT platform with which the money will be disbursed.

Terms and procedures for the submission of the applications will be established with a decision of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, following consultation of the most representative social partners.

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
Social partners jointly
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


The social partners will be consulted for the implementation (which has not yet taken place) of the fund, to understand the criteria for choosing companies.

Views and reactions

There are no reactions yet on the measure.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      H - Transportation And Storage H50 Water transport
      H52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2023), Incentive fund for qualification of port workers, measure IT-2023-1/3081 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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