Government programme implementation report
6 January 2022
The Draghi Government has approved 109 legislative measures during the 54 Council of Ministers meetings held, of which:
- 41 (37.5%) decree laws
- 41 (37.5%) legislative decrees
- 27 (25%) draft laws
as stated in the Government programme implementation report sent to the Council of Ministers. This report, signed by Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Roberto Garofoli, refers to the period from the Government’s inauguration (13 February 2021) up until 31 December 2021.
The report also states: “This legislative output has been particularly substantial and sustained, in terms of both the number and types of primary legislative acts approved. There are a number of reasons for this high level of legislative activity”.
“Firstly – Undersecretary Garofoli’s report highlights – the Government has had to take into account the need to address a dual emergency: the health crisis and the economic crisis.
At the same time, the pressing need to first ensure implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (‘NRRP’) and, prior to that, to promptly structure said Plan’s governance made numerous laws necessary, many of which were issued on the basis of objectively exceptional and urgent requirements.
In addition, there was the legislative output to transpose EU directives by the respective deadlines, which was also significant in terms of quantity: in fact, out of the 41 legislative decrees adopted by the Government, a total of 33 were necessary in order to implement European Union legislation. Some of the remaining legislative decrees were issued to implement enabling laws, while others were required to ensure approval of implementing rules for ‘special statutes’.
The report includes a section on implementing acts, which states: “There was a 60.1% reduction in the number of decrees yet to be adopted that were inherited from the previous governments of the XVIII Legislature: down from 679 to 271. More generally, from 13 February to 31 December 2021, the Government ‘cleared’ a total of 728 implementing acts provided for by legislation approved during the XVII and XVIII Legislatures (these were adopted and superseded due to primary laws being abrogated)”. This means that “in the first ten months of this Government, the 728 decrees in total were adopted at an average rate of approximately 70 per month, with peaks of 112 in September, 97 in November and 94 in July. These latter figures were also recorded after a system was introduced to assign each Administration with monthly targets for acts to be adopted”.
Focus on implementation of the ‘Sostegni-bis’ decree law
The report also contains an impact assessment on a particularly significant legislative measure: the ‘Sostegni-bis’ decree law. “The implementing decrees adopted have freed up resources equal to EUR 15,876,784,000,00. Added to the EUR 34,176,869,951.29 referring to self-implementing regulations, these resources mean that 99.6% of the total funds provided for by the ‘Sostegni-bis’ decree have now been mobilised.”
The Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers thanked all Administrations involved in creating the ‘network’ for implementation of the Government programme, defining its rules and procedures and pursuing the monthly targets assigned by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
Further efforts in terms of implementing legislation must be made in 2022, also considering the onerous commitments involved with NRRP objectives.