Camera dei Deputati
Committee on EU Policies
(Commissione Politiche dell'Unione europea)
Legal base: The parliamentary scrutiny system is based on Law n. 11/2005 and on the Rules of Procedure of the Camera dei Deputati.
Composition: The composition of the Committee on EU Policies follows the same rules as for the other standing committees. At present the Committee is composed of 43 Members.
The Committee on EU Policies was established in 1990 as a special committee. It was given the status of standing committee in 1996 within a broader revision of the rules concerning relations between the Camera dei Deputati and the European Union.
The EU Policy Committee may issue opinions on EU draft legislative acts (which as a rule are submitted to the competent sectorial committee). It can ask that the opinion are forwarded (together with the final document adopted by the sectorial committee) to the EU Institution within the framework of the political dialogue
In compliance with an opinion issued by the Committee on the Rules of Procedure on 6 October 2009, the EU Policies Committee has been entrusted with checking whether EU draft legislative acts (DLA) comply with the subsidiarity principle in accordance to Protocol 2.
The EU Policies Committee can adopt a document concerning the compliance of a DLA with the subsidiarity principle (which can contain a reasoned opinion)
The document adopted by the Committee is sent to the EU Institution (as wella s to the Italian Government) unless is submitted for consideration to the Floor of the House at the request of the Government, a fifth of the members of that Committee or a tenth of the members of the Chamber
Art. 4 of Law no. 11 of 4 February 2005 (on Italy’s participation in the EU law-making process) provides for a parliamentary scrutiny reserve. If the Parliament has started the scrutiny of EU draft legislation he government can take a position within the Council only after the Parliament has completed the scrutiny (or if after 20 days the Chambers have failed to issue their views). The parliamentary reserve may also be raised by the Government on its own initiative for draft measures and provisions of special political, economic or social importance.
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Senato della Repubblica
14th Standing Committee on EU-policies
(14ª Commissione permanente Politiche dell'Unione europea)
Legal base: The parliamentary scrutiny system is based on Law n. 11/2005 and on the Rules of the Senatto della Repubblica and the Rules of Procedure of the Camera dei Deputati.
Composition: 29 Members.
The Committee on EU Policies of the Senato della Repubblica was established in 2003 to replace the former Committee on European Community Affairs. The Committee on European Community Affairs was established in 1968.
The Committee on EU Policies examines the draft Community measures sent by the government or published in the Official Journal of the European Communities, as well as the information reports issued by the government on relevant Community processes and the compliance of existing national measures with the provisions of the draft Community measure in question, when they concern the institutions or the general policies of the EU. If a matter falls within the jurisdiction of other Committees, the Committee on EU Policies may request that the opinion given, the observations and the proposals made be sent, through the President of the Senato della Repubblica, to the government, if within 15 days since they were received by the Committee having jurisdiction over the matter the latter has not given its opinion.
A scrutiny reserve system was adopted on 4 February 2005. The scrutiny reserve establishes that if the Parliament has started the scrutiny of EU draft measures or other measures sent by the government, the latter can proceed to exercise its own law-making functions in the drafting of EU legislation only after the Parliament has completed the scrutiny or if after 20 days the Chambers have failed to issue their views. This time limit applies starting from the date in which the government informed the Parliament that it used the parliamentary scrutiny reserve in the Council of Ministers.