The Economic and Financial Document - DEF, envisaged by Law No. 39 of 7 April 2011 is made up of three sections: (i) the first one, edited by the Treasury Department, now also contains Italy’s Stability Programme - PS (Programma di stabilità dell’Italia); (ii) the second section “ Public finance analysis and performance”, for which the State General Accounting Department is responsible, reports information previously provided in the Economic and Financial Report - REF and in the Public Finance Decision - DFP; (iii) the third contains the National Reform Programme - PNR, drawn up by the Treasury Department in cooperation with the European Policies Department.
The DEF – Section I – Italy’s Stability Program sets out:
DEF– Section II- Public finance analysis and performance contains:
Section III – The National Reform Program reports on:
In addition, regulations envisage that a set of annexes be submitted along with the DEF.
DEF annexes contain any bills relating to the budget package, each of which envisages provisions relevant to the various areas, bearing in mind the responsibilities of the various general government bodies, and contributes to meeting the policy targets, except those relating to setting the balances under Article 11, paragraph 1, as well as to the implementation of the National Reform Program under Article 9, paragraph 1, also through legal or organisational measures or action aimed at boosting and developing the economy. Parliamentary rules lay down the procedures and deadlines for considering any additional financial bills. The Minister of Economic Development submits to Parliament, by April 10 of the year following the year considered, a single summary report (annexed to the DEF) on programmes undertaken in underutilized area, highlighting the contribution of additional national funds and the results achieved, with special reference to social cohesion and environmental sustainability, as well as a breakdown by areas of the programmes. The plan drawn up pursuant to Article 1, paragraph 1, of Law No. 443 of 21 December 2001, as later amended, as well as the progress report on the programme for the previous year drawn up by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport are annexed to the DEF. Attached to the DEF is also a document, drawn up by the Minister of the Environment and Land and Sea Protection, after having heard the other Ministers concerned, relating to progress in the implementation of commitments to reduce GHG emissions consistent with the commitments undertaken by Italy at EU and International level, as well as to relevant policies. A special annex to the DEF on Government budget expenditure sets out - on the basis of the most recent end-of-year data, broken down by current and capital expenditure - the resources allotted to individual regional authorities, highlighting the economic categories relating to current and capital transfers to local authorities and the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano.
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