Rome Town council and Buffetti Group: self-certification within reach for all

06/09/2004 - 00:00 PM

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The Rome Town Council and the Buffetti Group (100%-owned by Telecom Italia Media) have teamed up to inform citizens about self- certification and promote its use to help simplify bureaucratic procedures.

From now on, the people of Rome will be able to stop in at one of the many Buffetti outlets around town and pick up self-certification forms free of charge. Also available are documents distributed by the Town Council that facilitate bureaucratic simplification.

Introduced in 1997 in a law promulgated by the then Minister Bassanini, self-certification empowers citizens to make their own declarations on their personal status and history, and saves the bother of hunting down certificates from public and private organizations.

This helps to simplify everyday procedures such as applying for utility services from Enel, Acea, Telecom or Italgas, enrolling at school, registering with the Chamber of Commerce, signing on at the employment office, etc..

With more than a thousand outlets up and down the country, the Buffetti Group has around 60 stores within the Rome city limits. Every one of Rome’s districts has at least one Buffetti outlet, and 80% of the Roman population lives and works within three kilometres of a Buffetti point of sale.

“The Rome Town Council has been a trailblazer in applying self-certification regulations and Law no. 127 of 1997 (as restated by Presidential Decree in 2000), and has more than halved the number of certificates issued. The Council has been running an in-house campaign and a public information drive to promote awareness of self-certification among the people of Rome,” says Mariella Gramaglia, Councillor for Simplification, Communication and Equal Opportunities Policies at the Rome Town Council.

“Since 2002, however, the trend has tailed off. During this time national-level government has not run any communications campaigns or undertaken inspections, and the situation is of some concern to us. The National Italian e-government plan for a certification services portal also has yet to be implemented.”

“The Rome Town Council is keen to do what it can. Today’s initiative galvanizes all tiers of government to work together and promote simplification.”

“This agreement with the Rome Town Council,” says Riccardo Perissich, Chairman of Telecom Italia Media, “validates the Buffetti commercial network’s extensive reach and its ability to ensure high standards of service to citizens.”

“The great flexibility of the Buffetti network offers people access to outlets at times when public service offices may not be open. Not surprisingly, with its long and impressive heritage, 99% of the adult population in Italy is aware of the Buffetti brand.”

A history of professionalism ensures that every Buffetti outlet is the ideal place to go for anything and everything to do with legal and tax affairs. Buffetti personnel have the expertise to advise consumers on how to use self-certification and simplify relations with government at town, province and regional level.