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In August the €-coin indicator fell to 0.19 from 0.27 in July, continuing the trend that began last spring.

The decline of the indicator reflects the weakening of economic activity in the second quarter and the recent worsening of consumer and business confidence, although the flattening of the interest rate curve made a slightly positive contribution.

Press release €-coin indicator: August 2014

Economic indicators


-0.2% Italy Ago 14/Ago 13

0.4% Area Aug 14/Aug 13

GDP growth

-0.2% Italy Q2 2014/Q1 2014
0.0% Area Q2 2014/Q1 2014
Exchange rates
$ 1.2845 22 Sep 2014
¥ 140.09 22 Sep 2014

ECB interest rates

(Main refinancing operations)
0.05% effective from 10 September 2014

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Euro area growth indicator

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The 1893 Banking Law (Law 449 of 10 August 1893) created and set up the Bank of Italy. On its 120th anniversary, the TV channel Rai Storia (channel n. 54) has produced and broadcasted "Una giornata particolare - La Banca dell'Italia" ("A Special Day - The Central Bank of Italy") a documentary that retraces some of the events of its establishment, through the accounts of Bank of Italy's Deputy Governor Salvatore Rossi and of economist Marco Onado.

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This section is aimed at persons interested in developing their economic and financial knowledge and at those who, as savers and users of banking services, wish to enhance their financial culture.

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By making its art collection available on its website the Bank of Italy offers the general public the opportunity to view and admire the most important works in its possession.

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The Bank's geographical organization consists of 58 Branches located in the regional capitals and in some provincial capitals.

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    The second Strategic Forum entitled "Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress on Intra-generational and Inter-generational Sustainability" will be held on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 September 2014.

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    The Governing Council of the ECB has introduced targeted refinancing operations and a negative interest rate on the deposit facility
    In the euro area economic growth is still weak, intermittent and uneven among the member states...

    In Italy the situation is still fragile, despite some encouraging signs
    During the winter months economic activity reflected the contraction in energy production...

    Our projections point to hesitant growth, conditional on a strengthening of domestic demand
    Our projections for the Italian economy in 2014-15 presented in this Bulletin suggest a moderate recovery, but not without considerable uncertainty...

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    The Head of the FIU for Italy, Claudio Clemente, has presented the Annual Report on the Unit's activity in 2013.




    Pisa 2012, the 5th OECD-sponsored test to assess the skills of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science, also included an optional assessment of financial literacy, in which Italy was one of the countries that took part. The OECD has released the results of the survey on 9th July in Paris. The results were also released in Rome at the conference organized by Banca d'Italia in collaboration with the OECD and INVALSI (the national institute for the evaluation of the education system).

  • PISA 2012 Results: Students and Money (Volume VI)
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    The 2013/2014 contest to invent a banknote closed in June - an initiative organized by the Bank together with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed at students attending Italian schools to encourage them to become economically aware and informed citizens.

    The elementary and secondary schools that submitted the winning banknote designs were the Domenico Savio elementary school in Fagagna, (Udine), the Galileo Galilei middle school in Gambarare di Mira (Venezia) and the Giacomo e Pio Manzù artistic high school in Bergamo.

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    2 Naples - Meeting of the ECB Governing Council

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    Supplement: Balance of payments and International investment position

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