Italy's government have announced a set of measures that they claim will make life easier for citizens and businesses. Among the most important is the compulsory electronic payment for amounts in excess of € 50. From July 2013, merchants will have to accept electronic payment only for amounts over 50 euro, a measure that is already the subject of much public discussion. Electronic payment will also be required for professional services and are touted as a way to simplify people's lives and to control tax evasion.
Yet another measure is the electronic prescription, citizens will be provided with a PIN valid in any pharmacy throughout Italy which will permit the collection of prescriptions.
A further measure is the introduction of a single card with a chip that, in addition to identity, will also contain all health information. From January 2013, communication with the public administration will be via email, with an email address being kept in the national register. Paper certificates of birth and death will disappear with electronic versions of these documents being sent by Internet.
Translated and paraphrased from an article Mediaset's TGCOM from 6 September 2012