The purpose of the Culture Bonus/18App is to create opportunities to deepen the knowledge, interest and approach of the newborn to goods or activities of cultural relevance, whose use is not necessarily related to the traditional educational paths dedicated to young people in that age group. In this sense, the Culture Bonus is intended to provide an impulse to the autonomous choice of cultural paths closer to their inclinations.
The electronic card "Bonus Culture - 18App", for a nominal amount of EU 500, was introduced by Article 1, paragraph 979, of Law no. 208 of December 28, 2015, provides for the allocation "to all residents in the national territory in possession, where applicable, of a valid residence permit, who turn eighteen years of age in 2016" (born in 1998). "The Charter can be used for theatrical and cinematographic performances, for the purchase of books as well as for entrance to museums, exhibitions and cultural events, monuments, galleries, archaeological areas, natural parks and live shows". Criteria and procedures for the attribution of the so-called Eighteen-year-old Culture Bonus have been established by decree of the President of the Council of Ministers September 15, 2016, n. 187.
Article 1, paragraph 626, of Law no. 232 of 11 December 2016, implemented by decree of the President of the Council of Ministers August 4, 2017, no. 136, amending the D.P.C.M. no. 187/2016, provided that "the provisions of art. 1, paragraph 979, of Law 28 December 2015, no. 208 are applied within the terms provided therein also with reference to persons who turn eighteen years of age in the year 2017, who can use the electronic card [...] also for the purchase of recorded music, as well as music, theater or foreign language courses".
Law no. 205 of December 27, 2017, on "State Budget for the financial year 2018 and multi-annual budget for the three-year period 2018-2020" and, in particular, Table no. 13 of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, in Chapter 1430 has allocated, in Section II, for the years 2018 and 2019 and for the same purposes the financial allocation referred to in Article 1, paragraph 979 of Law no. 208 of 2015. Subsequently, art. 7 of Decree-Law No. 91 of July 25, 2018, on "Extension of the terms provided by legislative provisions", converted, with amendments, by Law No. 108 of September 21, 2018, established the refinancing of the Electronic Charter provided by Law No. 208 of 2015 for young people who have turned eighteen in 2018. By decree of the President of the Council of Ministers December 7, 2018, n. 138, further amendments have been made to the D.P.C.M. n. 187/2016, containing the criteria and methods of allocation and use of the Charter.
Article 1, paragraph 604, the law of 30 December 2018, n. 145 provides that "all residents in the national territory in possession, where applicable, of a valid residence permit, who turn eighteen years of age in 2019, is assigned, in compliance with the maximum spending limit of 240 million euros, an electronic Card, which can be used to purchase tickets for theater and film performances and live performances, books, recorded music, tickets for museums, exhibitions and cultural events, monuments, galleries, archaeological sites and natural parks, as well as to support the costs of music, theater or foreign language courses.
The measure contributed substantially to the dissemination and knowledge of a vast offer of cultural content and heritage among young people. The audiovisual publishing products were gradually included among the goods that can be purchased with the Bonus, pursuant to Article 3, paragraph 4-bis, of the decree-law of 28 June 2019, no. 59, converted, with amendments, by law 8 August 2019, n. 81. Criteria and methods of attribution were established by decree of the Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, in agreement with the Minister of Economy and Finance, 24 December 2019, n. 179
The data collected up to 2020, reveal that in relation to the sector and the type of cultural product, the total bonuses found are 1,562,039 for a total validated amount of 80,490,669.90 euros.
Below are the sectors and the type of product envisaged by the measure:
Cinema- Subscription card/Entrance Ticket/Audiovisual publishing Products
Concerts- Subscription card/Entrance Ticket
Cultural Events- Entrance tickets to cultural festivals and fairs/entrance tickets to the circus
Training- Foreign language courses/Music courses/Theater courses
Books- Audio book/Books/Ebook
Museums, monuments and natural parks and archaeological areas: subspcription card/Entrance ticket
Recorded Music- CDs/Music DVDs/Vinyl Records/Online Music
Theater and Dance- Subscription card/entrance ticket