Italy – The Presidency of the Council of Ministers issues a decree governing the so-called electronic administrative document
Presidential Decree dated November 13, 2014 entitled “Technical rules on the development, transmission, copying, duplication, reproduction and time stamping of electronic documents, as well as on the development and storage of public administration documents”, has been published in the Italian Official Gazette on January 12, 2015. The Decree implements the so-called Italian e-government Code and provides for specific elements in order to assess when an electronic document may be considered as unchangeable and intact, and therefore equivalent to a natural paper document. Furthermore, the Decree specifies that public authorities, during a transitional period of up to 18 months, will have to adjust their document management systems so that by 2016, they will only issue digital documents valid for all purposes permitted by law.
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