By 30 November 2012, firms subject to the new, annual, mandatory fee (as discussed in our Hot Topics of 4 September and 1 October 2012), must send to the Italian Competition Authority via certified e-mail, proof of payment of the fee.  Payment was due by 30 October 2012. However, if it has been delayed, the Authority will not impose a fine but will levy statutory interest until the date the payment is received.