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Italy: Public Sector dimension of AI Strategy


This page reports a synthesis of the main elements that characterise the national AI strategy with a specific focus on the public sector. It extracts the information related to a single country from a comparative analysis done by the AI Watch team and reported in full in the science for policy report “AI Watch. European Landscape on the Use of Artificial Intelligence by the Public Sector”.

Main highlights

  • The public administration is one of the key areas of intervention in the strategy, considered a priority sector of the strategy
  • Special PhD Programmes designed for the needs of AI will be established to improve AI related expertise in government
  • Strong collaboration with the GovTech ecosystem essential to support development of AI solutions in public administration through an accelerator programme
  • Various large datasets will be developed and shared for AI development for use in Italian public administrations

Strategy analysis

Learning by doing

  • Pilot projects

Stimulating awareness and knowledge sharing

  • Building an international community

Ethical and legal framework

  • n.a.

Improving data access and quality

  • Improving data quality
  • Improving data access

Funding and procurement

  • Funding for AI projects
  • Stimulation of GovTech startups
  • Revision of procurement processes

Improving internal capacity

  • Training on AI


Public sector is seen as a priority sector of the AI strategy.

The strategy has a strong focus improving data access and quality through Open Data and Open AI models. Various data will be created and integrated to make them interoperable and open. Any learning model and AI systems released will be open. The guidelines for reusable Open Data for AI models will be regularly updated.

The relation between public and private sector is crucial, hence actions for funding and procurement have been identified. The strategy reports an action for a strong collaboration with the GovTech ecosystem. Italy intends to start and accelerator-like program for identifying and supporting start-ups with potential AI-based solutions for public administration. A technical committee from the Ministry will assign prize awards, seed funding, mentoring as well as access to venture capital investors.


General Information


Strategic Programme on Artificial Intelligence

Data of release

Nov 2021


Specific actions to public sector


Objective 5. Develop AI-driven policies and services in the public sector


Area of intervention E: AI for a more modern public administration