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Summary

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies exercises oversight of the executive branch’s implementation of and compliance with parliamentary legislation and related regulations through its Service for Parliamentary Control unit. The Service—which has recently issued its first report—is also charged with producing sectorial reports to verify the compliance of the Chamber of Deputies Administration with legislation in different areas. The Service is supervised by a parliamentary committee.

I. General Structure of the Italian Parliament

The Italian Parliament is composed of two chambers: the Senate (Senato della Repubblica) and the Chamber of Deputies (Camera dei deputati).[1]   Both chambers enjoy equal legislative power.[2]

The internal administrative organization of the Chamber of Deputies is governed by the Rules of Procedure of the Chamber of Deputies and other regulations adopted by the Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies, a body chaired by the President of the Chamber of Deputies that is empowered to make decisions affecting the functioning of the Chamber.[3] In addition, the Chamber of Deputies Administration, with about 1,900 employees, provides assistance and support to Italian parliamentary activity.[4]

The legal sources for the activities of the Chamber of Deputies Administration consist of enactments (deliberazione) of the Office of the President of the Chamber of Deputies and circulars of the Secretary General of the Chamber of Deputies.[5]

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II. Structure and Responsibilities of the Service for Parliamentary Control

The Italian Chamber of Deputies issues Regolamento della Camera (Chamber’s Regulations, hereinafter Regulations) and other regolamenti interni (internal regulations). Title II of the Chamber’s Regulations (titled “Servizi ed uffici della Camera” (Services and Offices of the Chamber) establishes the norms for the eighteen “Services” created at the Chamber (including, for example, the Services and Offices of the General Secretariat, the Service of the Administration, the Service of the Assembly, Library Services, etc.). One of these Services is the Service for Parliamentary Control  (Servizio  per  il  Controllo  parlamentare)  (hereinafter  the Service).[6]

The Regulations (Title II) set forth the main functions of the Service:

  • To provide technical verification of the implementation of parliamentary legislation and the respective implementing regulations by the executive branch (Governo) on the basis of information provided by the concerned executive agencies
  • To verify and monitor the follow-up of deliberations and nonlegislative parliamentary initiatives
  • To verify the government’s compliance with parliamentary legislation[7]

Together with the other services, the Service is supervised by a parliamentary committee called the Committee for the Supervision on Documentation Activity and the Library. This Committee is regulated by the Committee’s Regulations on Documentation Activity and the Library.[8]

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III. Compliance-Verification Reports

Recently, the Service for Parliamentary Control issued its first report on parliamentary oversight.[9] In addition, the Service also produces regular reports about different issues ranging over a broad spectrum of legislative activity.[10]

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Prepared by Dante Figueroa
Senior Legal Information Analyst
August 2017


[1] PARLAMENTO ITALIANO [ITALIAN PARLIAMENT], http://www.parlamento.it/home (last visited Aug. 3, 2017), archived at https://perma.cc/J38Z-M4H3.

[2] Parliament, SENATO DELLA REPUBBLICA, https://www.senato.it/3801 (last visited Aug. 3, 2017), archived at https://perma.cc/MQ7X-AQK6.

[3] The Internal Organisation of the Chamber of Deputies, CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES, http://en.camera.it/4?scheda_informazioni=33 (last visited Aug. 3, 2017), archived at https://perma.cc/NX7W-YUJ7; The Bureau, CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES, http://en.camera.it/4?scheda_informazioni=5, archived at https://perma.cc/6X7A-G6X3.

[4] La Struttura Amministrativa: Introduzione [The Administrative Structure: Introduction], LEGISLATURE PRECEDENTI [PREVIOUS LEGISLATION], http://legislature.camera.it/frameset.asp?content=%2Famministrazione%2F315%2F595%2F636%2F1224%2F1243%2Fdocumentotesto%2Easp%3F (click on “Introduzione” under “la Struttura Amministrativa: Guida” on the left) (last visited Aug. 3, 2017), archived at https://perma.cc/4PTP-Y92R.

[5] CAMERA DEI DEPUTATI, SEGRETERIA GENERALE [CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES, GENERAL SECRETARY], L’AMMINISTRAZIONE DELLA CAMERA DEI DEPUTATI: ORGANIZZAZIONE INTERNA [CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES ADMINISTRATION: INTERNAL ORGANIZATION], May 31, 2004, http://legislature.camera.it/files/pdf/organizzazioneinterna.pdf, archived at https://perma.cc/QW4Y-6WKD.

[6] Id.

[7] Camera dei deputati, Regolamento dei Servizi e del Personale art. 25, http://legislature.camera.it/frameset.asp?content=%2Famministrazione%2F315%2F595%2F636%2F1224%2F1243%2Fdocumentotesto%2Easp%3F, archived at https://perma.cc/XWE9-FSS5; see also La Struttura Amministrativa: Organizzazione Interna, Servizio per il Controllo parlamentare [The Administrative Structure: Internal Organization, Parliamentary Control Service], http://legislature.camera.it/amministrazione/315/592/677/648/documentotesto.asp (last visited Aug. 3, 2017), archived at https://perma.cc/GGQ5-FDHQ.

[8] Ufficio del Presidente della Camera dei Deputati [Office of the President of the Chamber of Deputies], Regolamento sull’Attività di Documentazione e della Biblioteca [Regulations on Documentation Activity and the Library], Oct. 26, 2004, arts. 1–6 (on file with author).

[9] CAMERA DEI DEPUTATI, RAPPORTO SULL’ ATTIVITÀ DI CONTROLLO PARLAMENTARE 2016 [REPORT ON PARLIAMENTARY OVERSIGHT ACTIVITY 2016] (Apr. 2017), http://www.camera.it/application/xmanager/projects/leg17/attachments/shadow_comunicatostampa/allegato_pdfs/000/011/290/CPRAPPOR2016.pdf, archived at https://perma.cc/C893-FVPE.

[10] See, for e.g., Servizio per il Controllo parlamentare, Monitoraggio di Nomine Governative Atti di Indirizzo e di Controllo Relazioni al Parlamento ed Altri Adempimenti [Parliamentary Oversight Activities: Monitoring of Government Appointments, Official Guidelines and Controlling Relations with the Parliament and Other Tasks], 36(17) NOTIZIARIO MENSILE (July 2016), http://documenti.camera.it/Leg17/Dossier/Pdf/CP0616M.Pdf, archived at https://perma.cc/FQ22-Z8XL.