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Italy’s investment promotion efforts get an overhaul

Italy has established a new investment promotion agency, the Italian Trade Promotion Agency.

Italian outward FDI in four-year decline

There has been a year-on-year decline in Italian outbound FDI between 2008 and 2012.

Can Italy retain its FDI appeal

Can Italy retain its FDI appeal?

Despite its recent economic difficulties, there still is a slow trickle of foreign direct investment business coming into Italy.

Political gridlock adds to Italy's economic uncertainty

With no clear winner in Italy's recent general election, investors are faced with yet more uncertainty.

Pro-FDI tax reform largely neglected in 2012

A report by global tax advisory, Taxand, shows that most of the tax reforms introduced in 2012 were designed to increase government revenues rather than encourage FDI.

Mixing business with beauty

Tuscany president looks to mix business with beauty

There is more to Tuscany than natural beauty and rich history. That is the message from the Italian region's president, Enrico Rossi, who is determined to prove to would-be investors that behind its breathtaking scenery lies an appetite for business.

An appetite for innovation

Tuscany keeps innovation heritage alive

The Italian region of Tuscany's rich heritage means that its name is still synonymous with great minds such as Galileo Galilei and Leonardo da Vinci. Such a history of innovation is something the region continues to pride itself upon, and this quality is not lost upon the many foreign companies that have set up shop within its boundaries.

Tuscanys collaborative spirit

Tuscany's collaborative spirit

The close relationship between industry and research and education institutions in Tuscany gives the region an edge when it comes to R&D and innovation.

Tuscany: not just a pretty face

Tuscany: not just a pretty face

Tuscany's beauty is both a blessing and a curse. While its history and image draw in tourists by the million, convincing would-be foreign investors that underneath the picture-postcard views lies a hard-nosed attitude to business is a tricky task, but one its president is tackling head on.

Italy flies in the face of FDI fashion

Foreign direct investment plummeted across much of Europe during 2008 and 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis, but in Italy it increased 75%. Could this growth signal a change in the country's long-term prospects, or was it just a temporary fillip? Polly Botsford investigates

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