Italy (CNEL)

CNEL - National Council for Economics and Labour

  • President
    Delio Napoleone (Acting President)
  • Secretary-General
    Franco Massi
Viale Davide Lubin, 2- Villa Lubin
Tel: +39.06.3692.415
Fax: +39.06.3692.381

The CNEL is an advisory body of the Government, the Parliament, the Regions and the Autonomous Provinces which -upon their own request - are provided with opinions on economic and social subjects.
The CNEL, as for Art.99 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic, was established in January1957; its activity and its composition are regulated by the law n.936 of 1986 and the law n.383 of 2000.

The CNEL contributes to the elaboration of national and regional legislation concerning economic and social issues. It performs studies and surveys on the same subjects, besides advising the Institutions.
It works out reports about the general, sectorial and local trend of the labour market.
It takes part to the proceedings of elaboration of the EU legislation and its implementation depending on the reports pre-arranged by the Government.
It has the power to submit draft bills to the Parliament.

The National Council of Economy and Labour (CNEL) is composed of members of the most representatives social forces, associations of social promotion and associations of voluntary work, and of qualified experts on economic and social subjects.
The President is appointed by the President of the Republic.
The CNEL is composed of 64 Councilors:
8 experts appointed by the President of the Republic;
2 experts appointed by the Prime Minister;
22 representatives of employee organization, 3 of which representatives of public management and public  middle management
9 representatives of the independent professionals;
17 representatives of enterprises;
6 representatives of the associations of social promotion and of the organizations of the voluntary work.

The President represents the Council, promotes, leads and co-ordinates the activity of the CNEL.
The Assembly is the organ which jointly expresses the will of the Council. The Assembly elects two Vice-Presidents. They co-operate with the President; in the Board of Presidency.
The Council is subdivided into preliminary investigation and hearing Commissions according to the subjects.
The CNEL runs the national archive of the collective labor agreements and the labor market data bank.
The National Organism of co-ordination of the policy for immigrants social integration has also been founded at the CNEL.
The bureaucratic structure supporting the activity of the Council is lead by a Secretary General and divided into two Departments.

The Council carries out its task following an annual program approved by the Assembly on a proposal of the President who sets it up in collaboration with the Board of Presidency and the Committee of Presidency, in agreement with the Commissions.
The President entrusts the various Commissions and Observatories with the various proposals. The duty of the above mentioned bodies is to prepare the papers which have to be submitted to the Assembly for final approval. The draft bills have to be approved by a majority of three fifths of the member of the Council and are transmitted to the Government together with an explanatory document. Afterwards they are transmitted to the Parliament by the Prime Minister.
The Council can include in the program any other initiative deemed advisable in order to better carry out its duties.
Data and information can also be asked to economic, social and trade-union organizations.