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2. Voluntary Activities

2.8 Current debates and reforms

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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments

On 16 September 2020, the Minister of Labour and Social Policies issued the implementing decree of the single national register of the Third Sector.

The single national register of the third sector (Runts) serves to publicize the existence of a third sector body (Ets) and some fundamental data regarding its structure and activity. It therefore has a function of transparency - also with regard to the application of tax legislation - and of legal certainty with regard to third parties who enter into relations with the ETS themselves.

Registration in the non-mandatory Runts gives the right to access the facilities provided for the third sector and gives the possibility to enter into agreements with public administrations for the carrying out of activities or social services of general interest in favour of third parties. With Runts, a process of redefinition and repositioning of third sector entities is launched.

Ongoing debates

With reference to the universal civic service, starting from April 2020, a public debate was opened which involved academics and intellectuals of different orientations and the government regarding the need to increase and stabilize the national fund for civic service by bringing the contingent annual service workers to at least 50,000 young people.

The government responded in October 2020 by proposing to include a total of €200 million for 2021 and €200 million for 2022 in the budget law. The law must be approved by Parliament by the end of 2020.

A second front of debate regards the opportunity to reintroduce compulsory civic service for young people as a way of promoting active citizenship of the younger generations.

The possibility of introducing some corrective measures to the 2017 reform is also being evaluated, which has shown some weaknesses in the implementation phase.