The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This paper presents an update to the Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes (ROSC) on Fiscal Transparency Module for Italy. Some progress has been made vis-à-vis the 2003 ROSC update, especially toward strengthening the integrity of data. The reconciliation of above- and below-the-line fiscal data has contributed to strengthening the quality of data and budget reporting. On the recommendations regarding public availability of information, progress is needed to allow a firmer assessment of Italy's fiscal developments and prospects. A few issues remain outstanding.