Source: (2006) In, Crime Policy in Europe, Council of Europe, Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing pp. 189-208

"Having been obliged to address organised crime before other European countries, Italy is one of the countries with the most experience in combating this type of crime. Its legislation in this field can serve as a worthwhile example for other systems and may provide some ideas for introducing rules and regulations in this area. "In this report, the authors have set out to highlight a particular aspect of Italy's experience of the treatment of persons who co-operate with the judicial authorities. It has been known for several decades that they are of key importance in combating organised crime." (excerpt)