“L’State, in the absence of regulatory measures that allow an amnesty, it is about to apply sanctions against approximately 2,300 companies and 330 institutions for violation of the obligation to reply to statistical surveys. The amount of each fine amounts to € 1,032“.
“Missed responses to inquiries”
This was stated by the Institute of Statistics during the hearing in the Budget Committee on the support law decree bis. Fines should be imposed because “some units don’t have complied to the obligation to reply for various surveys, the amounts requested could, in these cases, be very high“, explains the Institute.”It is hoped that this request will be taken into consideration when converting the decree under discussion by providing, in analogy to other situations, the suspension of the application of these sanctions and / or the cancellation of the same, especially if they refer to previous years.“. The sanctions in question, in fact,”derive from non-responses to surveys in 2019 and 2020 and have so far been suspended due to the emergency measures adopted in 2020“.
Francesco Maria Chelli, Director of the Institute’s statistical production department, added the hope that this request “be taken into consideration when converting the decree, providing, in analogy to other situations, the suspension of the application of these sanctions and / or the cancellation, especially if they refer to years past“. As the agencies report, Chelli recalled that the sanctions”derive from lack of responses to surveys in 2019 and 2020 and have so far been suspended due to the emergency measures adopted in 2020“. The director of Istat stressed, in particular, that”there would be no additional charges for the state budget, as the lower income would be covered by the application of the free administration surplus of the Institute“.
Economy growing in the first quarter
Alongside news that does not please, others bode well: in the first quarter of the year, the Italian economy returned to growth, albeit with a very limited intensity (+ 0.1% compared to the previous quarter), “thanks to the positive contribution of inventories (+0.8 pp) which offset the negative contribution of domestic demand and net foreign demand“, Istat said again during the hearing in the Budget Commission in the Chamber on the Sostegni bis Decree. Imports are doing well (+ 2.3%), which was associated with a marginal reduction in exports (-0.1%) . As far as goods are concerned, the trend in foreign flows also reflects the recovery in international trade (+ 2.1% and + 1.2%, respectively, the cyclical variation of imports and exports). “Exports of services, on the other hand, marked a further sharp decline (-7.9%), due to the effect of the reduction in movements for tourism“, he adds. The recovery seems destined to consolidate also in the coming months thanks to the”capital accumulation process observed in the first quarter” that “they may reflect a marked change in business expectations and an acceleration of production rates in the coming months“, concludes the Institute.