Wednesday, September 20, 2006

ALLA BANCA

The machines are working again today. However, the experiences of the past two days have made me realise that I do need to open an Italian current account. Raffaele, the ever helpful and kind hairdresser, whom I'd told about the problem [what woman does not confide in her hairdresser?] took me to his bank and introduced me this morning, thinking that that might speed the process up a little.

To open an account I needed my passport, as you would expect, my codice fiscale [Italian national insurance] card, and my permesso di soggiorno or CARTA CEE [proof of residency in Italy]. The latter is the document that you are not supposed to need as an EU citizen but in effect you can do nothing without it. Even these weren't enough, though: I needed a certificate of residence for the town as well as the country. So a mad dash to the office in Via Risorgimento to obtain this. [I knew where it was as I had also needed one of these certificates to register with a doctor. No, you can't just photocopy it; you need a different one for each purpose.] "Ci vuole un bollo", I am told. This is a stamp for the document that you have to get from the tobacconist's - I had needed one for the gas contract last year, too - and this time it cost 14.62 euros. Once I had got it and returned they issued the document, adorning it with the stamp and rubber-stamping it several times so that it looked very pretty in the end. What a profit the State must be making from all these bolli! [And the town gets 52 c for issuing the certificate.] Then back to the bank with it and I appear to have half-opened an account. I have to go back tomorrow.

These "residency" certificates do not, of course, exist in Britain, so it all seems incredibly long-winded and bureaucratic to us. [ See also my post, "The Bureaucratic Trail" of June 13th.]

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have heard that Italian bureaucracy is a real nightmare, but what a wodnerful hairdresser you have, I bet he can cook great pasta too.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, I treasure him. I'm sure he can make great pasta - I will ask him!

beethoven writes said...

Glad to see that the EU rules are alive and well in Sicily...

Mark McLellan said...

Ah yes, residency certificate! Earlier this year our Italian bank wrote requesting one - which of course doesn't exist in the UK. So we sent them copies of everything we could think of - council tax, rates and utility bills, bank statements, etc - and said "Hope this will do". Never heard any more so we think it was OK.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

When I tell people here that we don't have residency certificates in the UK, they don't believe me! The writer Tim Parks is very funny about this.

Ballpoint Wren said...

What a lot of red tape--I'm glad you got it taken care of. You now owe your hairdresser some homemade limoncello!

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