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Italy has a bicameral parliament made up of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Republic. The Chamber of Deputies’ Regulations[1] contemplate the possibility that the Chamber of Deputies may establish “special commissions,” but these commissions do not act in lieuof the Chamber itself, not even in cases of emergency.

The presidents of the Chamber and the Senate have recently stated that the closure of Parliament is not under discussion.[2] However, members of both chambers are currently discussing measures to enable remote participation in debates, meetings, voting, and other parliamentary activities.[3] Concerns about the possible unconstitutionality of remote voting have also been raised by the highest authority of the Chamber.[4]

The President of the Chamber has proposed the creation of a Special Commission to manage the emergency, but the proposal has not yet been discussed.[5]

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Prepared by Dante Figueroa
Senior Legal Information Analyst
March 2020

[1] Il Regolamento della Camera dei Deputati art. 22(1),

[2] Alessandro Trocino, Coronavirus, Termoscanner alla Camera. D’Incà: “La Chiusura del Parlamento non è in Discussione”, Il Corriere della Sera (Mar. 3, 2020),

[3] Serenella Ronda, I Deputati Temono il Contagio. Pressing su Voto a Distanza, AGI, Agenzia Italia (Mar. 13, 2020),

[4] Coronavirus, Fico: “Voto a Distanza? Serve ‘Presenza’”. Salvini: “Convocare Parlamento o Reazione Forte”. Repliche: “Camere Aperte”, Il Fatto Quotidiano,

[5] Id.

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Last Updated: 12/30/2020