Italian Cabinet announces the publication of a leather decree

Carta canta: il Consiglio dei Ministri annuncia il Decreto Pelle

We announced, on February 5th, the likely “announcement” by the Cabinet. On February 7th, we are sure this “publication” will be made. The legislative decree protecting real leather, from the unfair competition of other materials, has passed and will be voted on, by the pertinent Commissions of both House and Senate, within the next 60 days. This outcome awards the constant and relentless efforts made by UNIC – Italian Tanners, to reach this point.

Title and subject matter

Given the delicacy and wait of this news, it’s worth doing things the right way. A few days ago we published the statements made by MISE’s secretary, Alessia Morani, while today we report the entire n.28 Press Release from the Cabinet.

Title: Regulations for leather and fur products

Subject Matter: indications regarding the use of the terms leather” and “fur”, their derivatives and synonyms, and the relative sanctions as an outcome of Article 7 of the law of May 3rd, 2019, N. 37 – European Law 2018 (Legislative Decree – preliminary exam).

The entire press release

The Cabinet, based on a proposal made by the Minister for Economic Development, Stefano Patuanelli, approved the final preliminary exam, a legislation defining the rules with regards to the use of the terms “cuoio”, “leather” and “fur”, their derivatives and synonyms. Moreover, the decree includes the relative sanctions as an outcome of Article 7 of the law of May 3rd, 2019, N. 37 – European Law 2018. The decree includes the guidelines exclusively outlining the essential requirement of the composition that the products in question have, in order for the terms listed before to be used, before they are put on the marketplace. The objective is to have a single and clear indication of what materials are used, and how those could impact the proper functioning of the market. The controlling activities over any violation will be done, if the situation is considered to be normal, by the Chambers of Commerce, Customs’ authorities and police (if necessary). Meanwhile, the Ministry for economic development will curate the monitoring activities and coordination of the directives to be followed.

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