Functions of the Government
Law No 400/88 clearly specifies the powers of the Cabinet.
The Government may exercise the legislative function in two cases rigorously laid out in the Constitution when:
- Parliament assigns the Government the task of issuing legally binding legislative decrees - with an enabling law in accordance with predetermined principles and criteria and for a specific period of time;
- It may introduce Decree-Laws autonomously and under its own responsibility, to face unexpected circumstances requiring immediate legislative action. In this case, within the sixty days following, Parliament reserves the right to convert the Decree into law, including amendments, if this does not happen the Decree-Law is revoked.
The Government has the ordinary power to issue regulations representing a secondary source of legislation through which it may enforce and complement the legislative provisions, it may regulate the organisation of the public administration and may oversee matters, which the Constitution do