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Italy: Legislation on Administrative Agency Coordination

(July 27, 2016) On July 3, 2016, new legislation entered into effect in Italy concerning an administrative coordinating mechanism known as a “conference of services” (conferenza di servizi), intended to simplify and expedite the procedures of such conferences.  (Legislative Decree No. 127 of June 30, 2016, Provisions for the Reorganization Concerning the Services Conference, Implementing Article 2 of Law No. 124 of August 7, 2015 (L.D.  No. 127), GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 153 (July 2, 2016), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).)

A conference of services is convened when multiple government agencies are involved in a single administrative matter in order to coordinate decision-making and to ensure that all relevant offices participate. (Id. art. 1(2); Conferenza di servizi, TRECCANI (an online Italian encyclopedia) (last visited, July 26, 2016).)

The new legislation provides for the calling of service conferences to address different administrative areas, such as infrastructure projects and projects subject to environmental impact assessments.  (Id. art. 1(3) & (4).) Among other things, the legislation sets forth procedural rules for meetings with respect to such matters as timelines, quora, purposes of a meeting, and meeting minutes.  (Id. art. 1(5)(2).)