* An extraordinary edict making cash transactions of more than Euro 1,000 illegal (not subject to reporting – just plain illegal). Following Prodi’s own desire, the existing regime has indicated that this level will be progressively reduced to a limit as low as Euro 300. Hence cash is maybe for the first time in history no longer legal tender (over Euro 1,000, for now);
* A requirement that credit card companies report all transactions carried out by Italians, in Italy and abroad to the fiscal authorities;
* Delays and refusals by banks in allowing customers to withdraw cash balances of as little as Euro 10,000;
* Finance Police has placed cameras at the physical borders with Switzerland (see below) to register all license plates. In addition, currency-sniffing dogs have been deployed at the border.