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Italy Passes Sweeping Liberalization Laws

Law360 (January 26, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a move that will loosen regulations on insurers, hairdressers, airlines, petrol pumps and many other types of businesses, the Italian government has passed a big package of measures to liberalize the market and heighten business competition across the country.

Consumer groups and financial experts welcomed the decree laws, passed on Thursday, as a necessary jolt to Italy’s stifled competitiveness, which was ranked 42nd in the World Economic Forum’s global survey last year, trailing countries such as Qatar, Barbados and Tunisia.

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