The MFA portal http://itra.esteri.it/itrapgm/ publishes international agreements ratified by Italy. At the end of March 2010, the Diplomatic Disputes and Treaties Unit, which is part of the General Secretariat, began work on inserting the agreements to the online International Treaty Archive (Italian initials ITRA) in electronic format. To date, 2,236 texts are available in PDF format.
The criterion adopted to digitise the agreements was chronological: for the bilateral section, all agreements signed from 1990 until now, and which have entered into force, have been inserted. For the multilateral sector, treaties for which Italy is the depositary country, and which are in force, have been included. Work is also under way to cover the years prior to 1990.
The main beneficiaries of the ITRA database are researchers in the judicial and international relations fields and, more in general, the academic community. Other users include notaries and public officials, and Italian entrepreneurs seeking to invest abroad and their foreign counterparts planning to invest in Italy.