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How you can claim €2,000 off the cost of getting married in Rome

After two years of uncertainty about whether wedding plans can go ahead in Italy due to the pandemic, local authorities are now offering to pay towards the cost of holding your wedding in or around the capital.

How you can claim €2,000 off the cost of getting married in Rome
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The Italian region of Lazio, which includes Rome, has announced it is offering up to €2,000 to couples who get married there this year.

Regional authorities have allocated a total fund of €10 million ($11 million) for couples to spend on goods and services from wedding suppliers based in the region, in the hope of stimulating the highly lucrative sector.

The campaign, called Nel Lazio Con Amore (In Lazio with Love) is aimed at couples planning weddings or civil unions to take place in Lazio in 2022. 

Couples who successfully apply can be reimbursed for the cost of anything from flowers and rings to photography and even catering (though the latter is covered only up to a maximum of €700).

The region will cover up to a total of €2,000 in costs overall under the scheme, which it hopes will see couples splashing a far larger amount of cash in the region – the average cost of a wedding in Italy is now estimated at €30.000, not including the money spent by guests.

The region will reimburse payments been made between December 14th, 2021 and January 31st, 2023. The payments must be made in person by traceable means (so not in cash) and you’ll need to show a receipt that specifies the payment is for wedding services.

The funds will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis until the €10 million is used up.

Applications for the grant are open to both Italian and foreign couples, though the campaign website is available in Italian only and the application for funding must be submitted in Italian.

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What is Italy doing to fight rising cost of everyday goods?

The level of inflation in Italy reached 8 percent in June so what products are getting more expensive in the country and what measures are being taken by the Italian government to keep prices down?

What is Italy doing to fight rising cost of everyday goods?

Italy’s national statistics institute Istat has estimated inflation for June 2022 will hit 8 percent, up from the 6.8 percent in May, a record in the country that hasn’t seen such a spike in prices since January 1986.

“All of us in the government have the task of killing the inflation monster”, Minister for Public Administration Renato Brunetta said in an interview with the Quotidiano Nazionale on Sunday.

The minister said that the government is pushing for a price cap on gas and oil prices and calls for a “European agreement now” to regulate limits.

Any measures to create a ceiling for prices would need to follow European regulations, and EU countries must agree on them before members implement limits on fuel prices.

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A major issue with rising prices is that wages lose their value, Brunetta explained. As a result, Italians can now buy fewer things with the same salary as one year ago.

Worker’s unions are looking to adjust collective agreements for wage readjustments, while companies fear that simply increasing salaries could prolong the crisis, Brunetta said.

What is the government doing to combat inflation?

The minister said then that the government is proposing a reduction in taxes incurred in workers’ wages to increase purchasing power without overburdening the employers.

He added authorities are also looking into “targeted and selective interventions”, including extending social benefits to low-income people.

Among the measures and proposals, he mentioned the targeted €200 bonus for Italian households to help with utility bills.

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The payments were announced in May alongside other government measures to offset the soaring cost of living, such as extending energy bill discounts and rolling on the deadline to claim Italy’s popular ‘super bonus 110’.

Pension amounts will also be reevaluated and adjusted for inflation more often and at higher rates, the minister said – the same with severance payments. He didn’t give further details, though.

Where can the increases be seen more dramatically?

Italy’s statistics institute says that “several types of products” have had price increases in the country, according to a press release. The main increase (48.7 percent year on year) can be seen in “energy goods”, such as fuel and gas.

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Food in Italy is also more expensive, both unprocessed food (9.6 percent increase) such as fruits and vegetables, and processed food (up by 8.2 percent). Recreational, cultural, and personal care services are also more expensive, up 5 percent compared to June 2021.

The institute says that the highest increases can be seen in housing, water, electricity and fuel supply. Or essential goods and living conditions for Italian households.

As fuel prices soar worldwide, Italians also see an increase in transport costs. The third sector with the most dramatic increases is food and beverage products, according to the institute report.

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