Heavy tax burden, persisting bureaucracy hurdles and struggles with government finances place Italy among the worst performers in Western Europe in the Economic Freedom ranking. The business environment is also clouded by cumbersome regulatory procedures, rigid labour market and high levels of corruption. However, anticipated reforms and massive investments in innovation and digitalisation, green transition, infrastructure and education are expected to boost Italy’s competitive stance.
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