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European affairs

The action of the Italian Parliament in relation to the activities of the European Union is developed in three different ways:

  • participation in the framing of EU policies;
  • transposition of EU legislation into domestic law;
  • interparliamentary cooperation.

All relevant instruments and procedures are regulated by the new Law n° 234 of 2012 titled "General provisions on the participation of Italy in the framing and implementation of legislation and policies of the European Union", which entered into force on 19 January 2013, by other laws (notably on public accounting), by parliamentary rules of procedure and, with respect to some aspects, by the European Union Treaties; indeed the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on 1 December 2009, provides for new forms of participation of national parliaments in the EU decision making.

Interparliamentary cooperation is regulated by specific provisions of Protocol 1 to the Lisbon Treaty, by guidelines agreed by the Conference of EU Speakers and Parliaments and, largely, by practice.