The Italian government encourages the use of Free Software by the public administrations and calls for its extensive use where possible.
The 2004 Italian Directive for public procurement of software stated that in the acquisition of software, the public administration must consider Free Software and judge software according to transferability, interoperability, dependency on supplier, and the availability of the source code for inspection.
In 2007 Italy launched its own repository of Free software for public administrations (Ambiente di Sviluppo Cooperativo).
Italy has implemented a three-year digitalisation project from 2017 until 2019, called Team Digitale. This project has seen 19 software resources freed up and licensed on the project's repository within the first 18 months of its implementation.