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EACEA National Policies Platform


4. Social Inclusion

4.3 Strategy for the social inclusion of young people

Last update: 24 March 2022
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  1. Existence of a National Strategy on social inclusion
  2. Scope and contents
  3. Responsible authority
  4. Revisions/ Updates

Existence of a national strategy on social inclusion

Italy has a national strategy through theNational Social Plan 2021-2023: and The Action Plan for Poverty and Social Services 2021-2023 for social inclusion policies for young people aim to facilitate professional integration, improve living conditions and reduce social inequalities among young people.

The employability of young people (chapter 3) and the fight against school and educational dropouts (chapter 6) are among the main priorities in the fight against youth distress in Italy, as well as the promotion of living conditions above the poverty line.

The European recommendations emphasise the need for quality socio-educational services to ensure equal opportunities, individual and social growth paths and thus stem the risk of educational poverty and social exclusion. The availability of quality public services from early childhood is a means of overcoming inequalities. The approval of Lgs.D. 65 of 13 April 2017, in this regard, marks an important milestone for social policies as it draws an integrated education and education system for girls and children aged up to six years to promote educational continuity, reduce disadvantages and promote inclusion. The system outlined by the decree is marked by multiple implementation complexities, from the territorial planning of policies to the sharing of quality standards of supply based on the conditions of access to the different services. On the other hand, a paradigm shift is needed to implement primary, secondary and tertiary education: not only is it important to convey technical-professional knowledge, but also to establish learning that allows the young person to move and navigate in a very mobile and uncertain context. In the context of the fight against dispersion, one of the most important policies with respect to professionalization and job placement for the younger groups, is represented by the IeFP system. In recent years, leFP has seen a steady increase in participation and a recognized effectiveness in terms of transition to work, as shown by the annual monitoring reports (last of which theXVIII Monitoring report of the IeFP Vocational Education and Training and of the Dual System 2018-19) and the in-depth surveys on the employment outcomes of IeFP graduates prepared by Inapp (Results of the survey on the training and employment outcomes of the IeFPts and IFTS).

For an overview of the measures to combat poverty and social inclusion for 2019, please consult the summary document of the Chamber of Deputies' Study Service..

Scope and content

The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, also through interventions funded by the PON Inclusion,, has contributed primarily to accompany the national reform process aimed at introducing a measure to combat poverty, active inclusion and the strengthening of social services. The evolution of the regulatory framework, which last culminated with the introduction of the Citizenship Income, which from 6 March 2019 replaced (as an opportunity to apply for benefit) and accompanied the Inclusion Income, has added further elements of complexity in the process of organizing and strengthening territorial services.

The National Plans were adopted by decree of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLPS), in consultation with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, subject to agreement with the Unified Conference. At the end of this reorganization, Italy has equipped itself with some programmatic frameworks:


  • National Social Plan 2021-2023: The development of the interventions and services necessary for the progressive definition of the essential levels of social benefits to be guaranteed throughout the country, as a means of these resources, identifies the development of the interventions and services necessary for the progressive definition of the essential levels of social benefits to be guaranteed throughout the country. The main task of the Plan is to identify the path to shared objectives in order to ensure greater territorial uniformity. This Plan provides for a share of at least 40% of the Social Policy Fund to be used to strengthen interventions and services in the area of childhood and adolescence. The national social policy fund for the Regions is funded, for no less than EUR 4,000,000,000, to implementguidelines on intervention for children and families in vulnerable situations (P.I.P.P.I.)(par 4.4).
  • Action Plan for Poverty and Social Services 2021-2023: a programmatic tool for the use of poverty fund resources to finance interventions and social services to combat poverty (EUR 297 million in 2018; EUR 347 million in 2019 and EUR 587 million per year from 2020, including a share of 20 million for interventions and services for people in extreme poverty and homelessness, as well as a share of 5 million for the financing of interventions, experimentally, for care leavers(par. 4.4), with the integration of the share of the Poverty Fund of 5 million euro for each of the years 2021, 2022 and 2023.
  • National Non-Self-ReliancePlan:: aimed at programmatically using the resources of the Non-Self-Reliance Fund to "ensure the implementation of the essential levels of welfare benefits to be guaranteed throughout the country with regard to people who are non-self-sufficient.The decree of the President of the Council of Ministers 21.11.2019 identifies financial resources equal to 573.2 million euros for the year 2020, 571 million euros for the year 2021 and 568.9 million euros for the year 2021). For the Independent Living Projects and Active Inclusion of People with Disabilities, the total national amount is expected to be 18.7 million euros, of which at least 14.96 million euros is based on the share transferred to each region.
  • Plan against Educational Poverty: this is an action plan to intervene effectively and systemically in the direction of combating educational failures. To combat educational poverty, the 2019 Budget Act (L. n.145/2018, art. 1, paragraph 478) has extended and refinanced, for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021, the Fund for the Fight against Child Educational Poverty, already established by the Stability Act 2016 (law 208/2015, article 1, paragraphs 392 to 395), with payments made by the banking foundations.

The fund's operations have been assigned to the social enterprise "With the Children" (“Con i Bambini”) for the allocation of resources through tenders, while the strategic direction choices are defined by a special Address Committee composed of the banking foundations, the government, third sector organisations and representatives of ISFOL and EIEF – Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance.

There are two organizational and institutional conditions that can be traced back to the Pon Inclusion:

  • the focus of the programmes on social, health and labour policies is made homogeneous at the territorial level and that the planning and implementation of the interventions takes into account the activities of the third sector engaged in social policy;

  • that there is a strengthening of the territorial social service, the provision of which must include the interventions and services identified in Lgs. D. 147/2017.

For the next 5 years all these measures are going to be further strengthened with Mission 5 of the PNRR:This mission has a very important role, transversal to the whole PNRR, supporting female empowerment and combating gender discrimination, increasing the employment opportunities for young people, fostering territorial rebalancing and the development of the South and of the internal areas, with an investment of 6.66 billion over 5 years. Another important document is the National Plan for Social Services and Interventions 2021-2023, where all the main strategies and programs in place are listed.

Regional Plans

In this context, the Plan for Social Action and Services to Combat Poverty identifies national priorities, while, in line with these, the Regional Plans will eventually have to indicate further specific objectives and/or reinforcements to be envisaged in the territories of competence. It will therefore be the Regional Plans (or various acts of planning) that will regulate the forms of cooperation between the services to achieve the desired results and through regional resources for this purpose, for example, from the funds of the POR of the European Social Fund.

Each individual autonomous region or province will therefore have to prepare a regional planning of services and interventions to combat poverty.

More precisely, the Regions will have to define the integrated offer of interventions and services in a coordinated way, to be achieved through the adoption of:

Homogeneous territorial planning areas for the social, health and employment policies sector, providing that the territorial areas find a coincidence for the planning and integrated provision of interventions with the territorial boundaries of the health districts and employment centres;

  • guidelines capable of promoting territorial agreements between social services and other entities bodies competent for job placement, education and training, housing policies and health.

The list of financial interventions and services is taxable and, in addition to the professional social service and the social secretariat, provides for the activities indicated by law 26/2019 (see par. 4.2):

As a result of the establishment of the citizenship income and in particular of what is laid down in art. 12, paragraph 12 of law 26/2019, the Poverty Fund's Allotment Decree stipulates that any costs for the adaptation of the information systems of municipalities, individual or associated, as well as the charges for the activation and implementation of PUCs (provided for by Article 4, paragraph 15) can also be financed.

Responsible Authority

The ANPAL (the National Agency for Active Labour Policies – supervised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy) coordinates the ESF management authorities and deals with the Economic and Social Partnership to facilitate synergies and coherence between national and regional ESF actions and elaborate on the state of planning and implementation of co-financed interventions. The 2014-20 Human Resources Subcommittee is the main venue for these actions.

The PON Inclusion Management Authority is established in the Directorate-General for Combating Poverty and Social Planning of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

ANPAL is the management authority of two national operational programmes (PON) for the years 2014-20 planning: the PON Active Employment Policy Systems, the PON Youth Employment Initiative (Youth Guarantee).

The Ministry also represents Italy at a European Union level in tables, technical meetings, committees and professional networks, where the guidelines, methodological and operational frameworks are defined.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy also manages:

  • The European Aid Fund for the poor - FEAD, which mainly finances the purchase and distribution of food. Further interventions include: the provision of school supplies to children from disadvantaged families; the activation of school canteens in territorial areas with severe socio-economic discomfort, in order to encourage the participation of students in extracurricular afternoon activities; aid for homeless people and in conditions of extreme marginality.

ANPAL also manages:

  • The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF), which supports workers who have lost their jobs as a result of globalisation or the economic and financial crisis. The Ministry is responsible for the management, certification and control of the contributions granted by the EGF and plays a role of coordination, direction and cooperation with the autonomous regions and provinces, responsible for the implementation of the co-financed initiatives.


All the strategies are reviewed and monitored on a regular basis. The results are published on the websites of the respective institutions or responsible ministries.