Giovanna Zagaria


  • Administrative law, with particular focus on:
    • project finance
    • PPP projects
    • public tenders
    • management of state-owned companies, town planning and general regulatory issues
  • Key sectors:
    • infrastructures
    • energy
  • Foreign languages: English


  • Member of the Infrastructure, Energy & Ecological Transition Focus Team
  • Member of the Environmental Sustainability Focus Team
  • Made Partner in 2024
  • Joined the firm in 2011
  • Worked for a leading international law firm

Ranking and Awards

The Legal 500 EMEA international legal directory lists Giovanna as an active lawyer in the energy sector in Italy.


  • Member of the Italian Bar
  • Law degree from Roma Tre University of Rome

Knowledge Sharing

Ministerial decree on incentives for renewable energy communities and collective self-consumption

On 24 January, Ministerial Decree No. 414 of 7 December 2023 (“REC Decree”) came into force. The decree sets out the criteria and procedures for granting feed-in tariffs under Legislative Decree 199/2021 and capital contributions under Italy’s NRRP to support electricity generated from re …

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Lombardy: tender procedures for reassignment of large-scale hydroelectric concessions launched

As part of the reform of the hydroelectric sector, which began back in 2018, the Lombardy Regional Executive has passed two resolutions launching reassignment procedures for the large-scale hydroelectric concessions Codera Ratti-Dongo and Resio: These are only the first of many concessions that …

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GSE issues regulation with classification of violations and related penalties

The long-awaited regulation issued by Italy’s energy services manager (“GSE”) implements Art. 42, para. 3, of Legislative Decree No. 28 of 3 March 2011 concerning verifications and penalties. It puts an end to the long impasse dating back to 2012 (when the first measures were introduce …

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The NRRP-ter Decree and the main measures regarding the authorisation of plants fueled by renewable energy sources

The recent enactment of Decree-Law No. 13 of 24 February 2023 on “regarding “Urgent provisions for the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) and the National Plan for Complementary Investments to the NRRP (NPC), and for the implementation of cohesion policies an …

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Introduction of an exemption from environmental procedures for certain renewable power plants

As part of the procedure to enact the conversion law for Law Decree No. 13 of 24 February 2023 – regarding urgent provisions for the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), the National Plan for Complementary Investments to the NRRP, cohesion policies and a common …

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The new regulatory framework for biomethane incentives

The recent adoption of long-awaited Ministerial Decree No. 23 of the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security regarding the application rules for the Incentives Decree – which regulates incentives for feeding biomethane into the natural gas grid – is the final step in the legislative …

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The Aiuti-bis Decree proposes solutions to Italy’s water emergency

The legislator’s attention is focused on the water emergency in Italy, and Article 14 of the Aiuti-Bis Decree - which came into force last August 10 - provides strict deadlines for entrusting the integrated water service (the “IWS”) throughout the Country. The Ai …

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Conversion of the Sostegni Ter Decree into law confirms the two-way compensation mechanism for electricity produced by renewable energy power plants

Renewable energy sources are once again in the legislative spotlight – this time with the conversion of the Sostegni Ter Decree into law on 29 March. According to the conversion law the compensation mechanism now has a definitive form under our regulatory framework: which are the main address …

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ARERA final guidelines on the waste tariff method for the second regulatory period (MTR-2)

The Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment (“ARERA”), with resolution 138/2021/R/RIF dated 30 March 2021 started the procedure to define the waste tariff method for the second regulatory period (“MTR-2”) and, lastly, with the consultation document No. 282/ …

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Extension of the deadline to waive ‘Tremonti Ambiente’ tax incentive to allow taxpayers to continue benefitting from the feed-in tariff incentive

Taxpayers now have until 31 December to notify the Italian tax authority of their wish to waive the ‘Tremonti Ambiente’ tax incentive and thus continue benefitting from the feed-in tariff incentives under Energy Bill III, IV and V. This is thanks to the conversion law of the Simplification …

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Publication of "FER1 Decree"

On 9 August 2019, the Decree of the Ministry of Economic Development, in cooperation with the Minister of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, of 4 July 2019 was published in the Italian Official Journal No. 186 (the "FER1 Decree"). It came into force on 10 August 2019, introduces n …

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BonelliErede appoints new board and makes up seven partners - 20 December 2023

At BonelliErede’s partners’ meeting on Saturday, 16 December, the partnership appointed the firm’s new board and made up seven new partners. As announced in October, close to the expiry of the current board’s mandate, a new board was appointed whose members are: Riccardo Bordi, Eman …

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BonelliErede crowned “Law firm of the year Project Finance” at the 2017 Legalcommunity Finance Awards - 3 March 2017

Thursday 2 March: BonelliErede was crowned “Law firm of the year – Project Finance” at the Legalcommunity Finance Awards. The judging panel highlighted the team’s high credibility and ability to bring added value to deals, and praised their “extensive understanding of the market a …

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