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The role of Ministers

Government ministers are appointed by the President of the Italian Republic, on the basis of proposals put forward by the President of the Council of Ministers.

Ministers are individually responsible for the decisions and actions taken by their ministries, while they share joint responsibility for those approved by the Council of Ministers.

They have a dual role, as they are:

  • heads of their respective ministries, performing the specific political-administrative duties involved;
  • members of the Council of Ministers, contributing to the definition of the Government’s general policy framework and the resolutions passed by said Council.

Each Minister may be assisted by a number of Undersecretaries, who are delegated to carry out specific tasks and duties.