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Statute of the Veneto Region

Contenuti:
- Title I - Fundamental Principles
  Article 1
Veneto is an autonomous region, within the unity of the Italian Republic, pursuant to the principles and within the limits of the Constitution, and is governed by this Statute. The Region comprises the communities of the population and the Provinces of Belluno, Padua, Treviso, Venice, Verona and Vicenza. Its chief town is Venice.
Article 2
The self-government of the people of Veneto is implemented in forms corresponding to the features and the traditions of its history.
The Region contributes to the enhancement of the linguistic and cultural heritage of its individual communities.
Article 3
The aim of the Region's activities is to favour the fulfilment of human personality and to support the participation of all citizens in the organization of the political, economic and social life of the Republic.
In order to make freedom and equality effective, the Region shall foster social and economic development through suitable reforms, with a view to reaffirming the workers' role within society, as well as favouring free activities within the communities, so as to remove any territorial or sectoral imbalance.
Article 4
The Region of Veneto shall exercise its own powers in order to attain the following objectives:
  • to enable effective exercise of the right to study, to work and to enjoy social security, as well as of family rights;
  • to obtain social equality for women;
  • to define the social and economic set-up of the territory, in the full respect of its natural features and with a view to promoting the enhancement of its assets, with particular regard to underdeveloped areas, as well as mountain districts and communities, so as to remove the causes of workers' migration;
  • to devise and implement plans for soil protection, water management and rational distribution, as well as land reclamation;
  • to reclaim and safeguard the natural environment and human settlements as a whole, through an environmental policy striving to prevent and remove the causes of air and water pollution, as well as soil contamination;
  • to ensure the preservation and the recovery of the environmental, historical and artistic heritage of Veneto and Venice;
  • to promote full employment, while ensuring the full exercise of workers' rights, as well as guaranteeing their access to continuous vocational training;
  • to ensure the development of farming, fishing, handicraft production, industrial activities, trade and tourism;
  • to promote the use of the methods of non-speculative mutual cooperation in the different sectors of the economy;
  • to establish equitable economic and social relationships in the rural areas, while favouring the development of family-owned businesses, the spreading of individual or collective farmer-owned farms, as well as the enhancement of the farmers' professional expertise;
  • to ensure the availability of social services for all citizens, with particular regard to housing, education, health protection, transport, and sports facilities;
  • to ensure the social function of private property, in the spirit of Articles 42 and 43 of the Constitution;
  • to conduct policies aiming to promote cultural activities, as well as technological and scientific research.
Article 5 (2)
For the attainment of its own ends, the Region of Veneto shall take planning as its own specific method of intervention, in close cooperation with the State. It shall participate as an autonomous subject in national planning and define the objectives and the criteria for its own action through general and sectoral plans and programmes.
To this end, the Region shall promote studies and research into economic and social issues and town planning, with the help of local agencies, Trade Unions and social and economic organizations.
People's democratic participation is an important element in shaping and implementing development plans and programmes. These are established by regional laws, which must contain provisions to ensure the effective cooperation on the part of local agencies, as well as the autonomous contribution of Trade Unions and other social organizations.
In carrying out its activities and in the fulfilment of its duties, the Region shall attain the widest possible decentralization by delegating its administrative functions to local agencies.
The Region of Veneto coordinates its own action with that of the other regions of Italy.
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- Title II - The Organs of Regional Government
 
Heading I
The Regional Council

Article 6
The organs of regional government are the Regional Council, the Giunta Regionale, and the President of the Giunta Regionale.
Article 7
The election system, the number and the cases of non-eligibility are established by state laws.
Article 8
The Regional Council defines the political and administrative course of the Region's actions, and has powers of control over their implementation. It exercises such legislative and regulatory powers as are attributed to the Region and fulfils such other functions as were conferred upon it by the Constitution, by state laws and the Regional Statute; it makes fundamental regional-planning decisions and defines relevant policies; it regulates by means of general legislation the procedures for the establishment and the methods of approval of planning acts; it adopts general and particular, economic and territorial plans and programmes.
Article 9
The Regional Council:
  1. adopts the opinions as at Article 133 of the Constitution, as well as any other opinion as is formally required of the Region by the Republic's constitutional organs;
  2. appoints three delegates to assist in presidential elections, pursuant to Article 83 of the Constitution;
  3. presents proposals and adopts those acts with which the Regions participates in national planning;
  4. appoints the representatives of the Regions within state, regional or local organs or bodies, except for those cases where the same powers are attributed by state laws to other regional organs;
  5. sets up bodies which are subordinate to the Region and adopts their Statutes; it establishes regional companies and agencies;
  6. reconsiders such regional administrative acts as are remanded to it pursuant to Article 125 of the Constitution;
  7. makes decisions on the acquisition or transfer of regional participations;
  8. adopts and regulates regional taxes; it issues bonds and contracts loans; it stands surety or grants other guarantees;
  9. it adopts the budget, budget amendments and the account of expenditure for the past financial year;
  10. makes decisions on any other provision for which either the Regional Statute or State laws assign general responsibilities to the Region.
Such responsibilities as are envisaged by this Article cannot be delegated to other regional organs.
Article 10
The Regional Council shall meet for its first sitting on the first working day of the third week after the date when the names of the elected candidates have been proclaimed, following the relevant summons by the President of the outgoing Regional Council. The councillor elected with the highest number of preferential votes will act as the President during the session, with the two youngest councillors acting as Secretaries.
During its first sitting, the Council shall proceed to elect the Presidential Bureau, including the President, two Vice-Presidents and two Secretaries, so as to ensure the presence of the minority.
The President of the Council is elected by secret ballot by the majority of the councillors assigned to the Region. The Vice Presidents and the Secretaries are elected by secret ballot by a plurality of voters with two separate votings, with each councillor voting for a single name.
The members of the Presidential Bureau will serve in their respective positions throughout the Council's term of office, and until the first meeting of the new Council.
Article 11
The President of the Regional Council shall convene and preside over the meetings of the Council, ensure that the Council's activities proceed smoothly, in compliance with the Rules and Regulations, see to it that Committees are set up and coordinate their work with the Council's.
Within seven days from the first meeting of the Council, or from the revocation, resignation, or expiry of the term of office of the President of the Giunta, or of the Giunta itself, the President of the Regional Council shall convene a meeting with the Presidents of the Councillors' Groups, in order to consult them on the elections of the new President and the new Giunta.
The President shall fulfil any other duty as is attributed to him or her by the Statute or by the Rules and Regulations.
Article 12
The Presidential Bureau shall guarantee and safeguard the Councillors' prerogatives and rights, entertain relations with the Councillors' Groups, administer the funds earmarked for the functioning of the Council, and perform such other functions as are assigned to it by the Statute or the Rules and Regulations.
Article 13
The Council shall meet in the months of February, June, and October each year.
The Regional Council can also meet either on its own initiative or at the request of the President of the Giunta, or of one fourth of the Councillors assigned to the Region.
The meeting is convened by the President of the Council, with at least five days' prior notice. The document convening the meeting shall contain the Agenda of the Meeting. In times of extreme urgency, the meeting can be called with a 48-hours' prior notice.
If the President of the Giunta or one fourth of the Councillors have submitted a request to this effect to the President of the Council, the meeting must be convened within ten days and the Council must meet within the following ten days.
Should the President of the Council fail to convene the meeting within the terms envisaged by the paragraph above, or should he or she fail to do so in the cases shown in the first paragraph above, the Council Meeting shall be convened by one of the two Vice-Presidents, with the procedures and within the terms provided by the Rules and Regulations.
Article 14
The validation of the election of the regional councillors is one of the duties to be performed by the Regional Council, in compliance with the Rules and Regulations.
The Council shall deliberate on the report submitted by the Giunta of the Elections, appointed during the first session, whose composition is based on the size of the Councillors' Groups.
Article 15
The Councillors represent the whole Region without constraints ensuing from their mandates.
The Councillors cannot be penalized for opinions expressed or votes cast in the fulfilment of their duties.
Each Councillor has the power to submit questions, interpellations and motions.
Each Councillor has the right to obtain information and data and to peruse the acts and documents concerning the activities of the regional authorities, agencies, companies and bodies. The exercise of such a right is governed by the Rules and Regulations.
Article 16
The Regional Council shall adopt and amend its own Rules and Regulations with a majority vote by the Councillors assigned to the Region.
The Rules and Regulations govern the organization and the functioning of the Council and its internal organs, pursuant to the provisions contained in the Statute.
Article 17
The Regional Council enjoys administrative autonomy and, within the limits of the funds allocated to this end in the budget, it also enjoys administrative and accounting autonomy, which it exercises in compliance with the Statute and the Rules and Regulations.
The Regional Council has its own offices, which are used by the Presidential Bureau, the Committees and the Counsillors' Groups, pursuant to the procedures established by the special regulations.
Article 18
In order to guarantee the free exercise of their mandates, the regional councillors shall receive special emoluments, in relation to their respective functions, pursuant to a regional law.
Article 19
The Meetings of the Regional Council are public.
The Rules and Regulations define those cases when the sittings of the Council are secret.
For the Council's deliberations to be valid, except as otherwise provided in the Statute, the majority of the Councillors assigned to the Region - who have not been discharged based on the Rules and Regulations - must be present in the Council's Hall, and the deliberations are carried with a majority vote by the members present.
With reference to the provisions contained in the previous paragraph, the number of Councillors who may be regarded as discharged shall not exceed a maximum of one fifth, pursuant to the procedures established in the Rules and Regulations.
The Council's deliberations shall be adopted by public ballot. Three Councillors may require that the votes be cast by roll-call. Voting on persons shall be by secret ballot, except as otherwise provided in the Statute.
Article 20
The Regional Councillors shall form Councillors' Groups.
The Presidential Bureau shall assign to the Councillors' Groups, for the fulfilment of their duties, contributions taken from the funds earmarked for the functioning of the Council.
Article 21
The Regional Council shall set up its own Standing Committees, which are responsible for groups of related issues.
The Rules and Regulations define the procedures for the establishment and the functioning of the Committees while ensuring the participation or the presence of all Councillors' Groups.
The Committees shall examine in advance bills, draft regulations, and the other provisions for which the Council is responsible. In doing so, based on a prior agreement with the Presidential Bureau, the Committees may avail themselves of the services of experts, or, based on a prior agreement with the Giunta Regionale, they may avail themselves of the cooperation offered by the offices responsible.
The Council may also set up temporary Committees to study special issues.
The President and the other members of the Giunta have the right and, if so required, the obligation to take part in the work of the Committees, without voting rights.
Article 22
In order to ensure the widest possible participation on the part of the people in the adoption of the Region's provisions, and to acquire all those elements which may be useful to their own functioning, the Committees may proceed to a direct consultation of local agencies, citizens, Trade Unions, social, economic, and professional organizations. The Rules and Regulations provide for suitable forms of publicity of the agenda and the Committees' proceedings.
Relevant laws may also provide for compulsory consultations on the part of the Committees.
In the framework of the issues they are respectively responsible for, the Committees may require that fact-finding inquiries are carried out in order to acquire information, data, documents or other material which can in any case be useful for their activities.
The Committees cannot be attributed any deliberative power to pass laws and issue administrative regulations or other provisions for which the Council is responsible.
Article 23
Within the framework of the issues they are responsible for, the Coucil's Committees have the power to order the disclosure or production of acts and documents, and to summon, with prior notice being sent by the Giunta, the heads of the Regional Secretariats and the administrators, or, again with prior notice being sent to them, the managers of regional bodies, companies or agencies. The persons so summoned have the obligation to provide to the Committees all the data and the information they require, or in any way concerning the fulfilment of their duties. The Committes' requests cannot be rejected on the grounds of secrecy.
The members of the Committees have the obligation to keep secret all the information they acquired because of their office, and which are to be regarded as confidential pursuant to the legislation in force, or in the opinion of the majority of the Committe members.
Article 24
The Regional Council can order that investigations be carried out into regional administrative management, by setting up a special Committee.
The Committee shall be set up through a regional law establishing its duties, the subject matters it will be responsible for, its composition on the basis of the number of Group members, as well as the procedures for its functioning.
The administrators and the employees of regional authorities, bodies, companies and agencies have an obligation to answer to the requests submitted by the Committee and to disclose or produce all the acts and documents they possess for reasons related to their office, also in the presence of official secrets.
The members of the Committee are obliged to keep this information secret during the preliminary investigations.

Heading II
The President and the Giunta Regionale

Article 25
The Giunta comprises its President and a number of members that must not exceed one fifth of the Councillors assigned to the Region. It is elected by the Council from among its own members, in compliance with the procedures established by the following article.
Article 26
The elections of the President and the Giunta shall take place on the basis of documents and programmes submitted by one or more Councillors' Groups, related to non-modifiable lists reporting the name of the President and the other members of the Giunta.
After a discussion on such documents and programmes, the Council shall proceed to elect the President and the Giunta by an absolute majority vote by roll-call on the part of the Councillors assigned to the Regions.
If, after two voting sessions, no list has obtained the absolute majority of the votes, the members shall proceed to an additional ballot to choose one of the two lists which obtained the highest number of votes during the second ballot.
The list which will obtain the higher number of votes shall be elected.
Article 27
The President and the Giunta shall remain in office until the election of the new President and the new Giunta.
After the expiry of the Council's term of office or the adoption of a motion to revoke the appointment of the President and the Giunta, or the acceptance on the part of the Council of the latter's resignation, the President and the Giunta will remain in office for ordinary administration's purposes.
Article 28
The Regional Council shall jointly revoke the appointments of the President and the Giunta Regionale following the adoption of a relevant motion which must be undersigned by at least one fourth of the Councillors assigned to the Region. The motion must be discussed by the Regional Council not earlier than ten and no later than fifteen days after the date of presentation, and be voted on by roll-call, by the majority of the Councillors assigned to the Region.
The resignation or discontinuance of office on the part of the President or of one third of the members of the Giunta shall entail the lapse of the Giunta.
In the case of resignations or discontinuance of office on the part of single members of the Giunta, these shall be replaced by Council members, elected by a majority vote by roll-call. Should the Council vote against a proposal tabled by the Giunta, this shall not imply its loss of validity.
Article 29
T he resignations on the part of the President and the Giunta shall be addressed to the Council and submitted to its President.
The resignations and cases of discontinuance of office on the part of single members of the Giunta shall be announced by the President of the Giunta, who shall inform the President of the Council of the occurrence within ten days. The latter shall in turn immediately inform the Council for it to make its subsequent decisions.
Should the President or the Giunta cease to serve in their capacities, the President of the Council, having complied with the provisions contained in Article 11, Paragraph II, shall convene a meeting of the Council within thirty days, in order to elect the President and the Giunta.
Article 30
The President of the Giunta shall represent the Region; promulgate regional laws and regulations; direct the administrative functions delegated by the State to the Region. He or she shall convene the meetings of the Giunta Regionale, preside over it and coordinate its administrative action; supervise the activities of regional offices and services; submit to the Council the budget and the general account of expenditure, together with a general report on the activities carried out by the regional administration services; and perform such other functions as are attributed to him/her by the Constitution, the Statute or other laws.
The President shall appoint - from among the members of the Giunta - the Vice-President, who shall replace him when he/she is absent or unable to serve in his/her capacity.
The Giunta, the Regional Council and the Government Commissioner shall all be informed of the appointment.
Article 31
The office of the President or of the members of the Giunta Regionale is not compatible with the tasks of an administrator managing another public agency of an economic nature, or in any way affecting the interests of the public within the Region.
At the same time the Giunta Regionale cannot include amongst its members relatives in ascending or descending lines, brothers, spouses, first-degree relatives, adopters or adoptees of such an administrator.
Article 32
The Giunta Regionale is the Region's executive body. It shall perform such functions as to promote and implement policies and take initiatives in compliance with the political and administrative guidelines defined by the Council.
The Giunta Regionale shall:
  1. attend to the implementation of the Council's decisions;
  2. carry out such administrative activities as lie within the limits of its responsibilities;
  3. draw up and submit to the Council's responsible Committees the documents relating to the various stages of development of general and particular, economic and territorial plans and programmes; it shall then submit the relevant final documents to the Council;
  4. draw up an annual report on the activity of the regional administration services;
  5. draft the budget, adopt the necessary provision for the implementation of the budget and the programmes adopted by the Council, as well as compile the Region's general account of expenditure;
  6. make decisions on such matters as contracts, within the limits of expenditure provided for in the budget, on litigations entailing credits or disbursements, and on other transactions;
  7. issue provisions necessary for the enforcement of regional laws;
  8. administer the Region's property and assets in compliance with the procedures established by regional laws;
  9. after consulting the Council, decide to promote actions on the validity of regional laws that are claimed to be illegal or on conflicts of responsibilities before the Constitutional Court; in times of emergency it shall take direct action and subsequently inform the Council during its first meeting;
  10. perform such other functions as are attributed to it by the Constitution, the Statute, and other laws.
Article 33
The Giunta shall jointly perform its functions and make decisions with the contribution of the majority of its members and by majority votes.
For specific types of business, the President can assign temporary tasks to individual members of the Giunta. Based on a proposal by the President, the Giunta may entrust single individuals or groups of members with the permanent task of investigating into groups of related matters.
The Meetings of the Giunta are public, except as otherwise indicated by the Giunta itself.
Article 34
The President and the members of the Giunta shall receive special emoluments for their services, pursuant to a regional law.
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- Title III - The Functions of the Regional Governments
 
Heading I
General Provisions

Article 35
The Regional Authorities shall encourage democratic participation in the process to define the Region's legislative and administrative options with the help of the citizens and the local agencies, and through the autonomous contributions made by Trade Unions and the social, economic and professional organizations.
To this end, the Regional Authorities acknowledge the right of the citizens, local bodies, Trade Unions, as well as of social, economic, and professional organizations, to receive information on the regional legislative and administrative activities as an essential prerequisite for their full participation.
The Regional Authorities' duty to inform the public shall also be discharged, based on the provisions contained in the regional legislation, with the use of special communication tools and through direct meetings between representatives of the regional organs and of such agencies and organizations as are described in the first paragraph.
The Regional Authorities shall consult the above-mentioned representatives on questions of general interest by sponsoring regional meetings on specific problems and in particular with refrence to regional planning.
The Provinces, the Communes, and the other local bodies and regional managements of the Trade Unions, as well as of the social, economic and professional organizations can, if they so require, transmit their opinions to the Giunta and the Council's Committees.
Article 36
Each citizen, association, or agency has the right to submit to the Council remarks and proposals on the bills under discussion, within the terms established by the Rules and Regulations.
Such remarks and proposals shall be examined by the responsible Committee, and appropriate mention of this shall be made in the report to the Council.
At the request of one fourth of the members, before reporting on the bill, the Committee has the obligation to hold a hearing in order to listen to the voice of the citizens, associations or agencies who availed themselves of the right mentioned in the first paragraph above.

Heading II
The legislative function

Article 37
The legislative and regulatory powers are vested in the Regional Council. The adoption of legislative decrees or of decree-laws is not admitted.
Article 38
The power of initiative for regional laws and regulations is vested in the Giunta, in each Councillor, each provincial Council, each Council of a Commune which is the chief town in a Province, and the Municipal Councils in a number no lower than five.
The people shall exercise their power of initiative for laws and regulations through the submission of bills, drafted in articles and undersigned by at least five thousand voters.
The Rules and Regulations and the regional legislation define the procedures governing the exercise of the power of initiative for laws and regulations.
The bills proposed through people's initiative shall not lapse at the expiry of the term of office.
Article 39
Bills or draft regulations shall be examined by the Council's responsible Committee and adopted by the Council article by article and with a final vote, pursuant to the Rules and Regulations.
Each regional law implying new or largers items of expenditure, or reduced revenues, must indicate the means through which such higher costs will be met.
Article 40
The Giunta and each Councillor may require that a bill or draft regulation be urgently examined. It is up to the Council to decide on the request.
The emergency procedure shall in any case be adopted for reconsideration of the laws remanded by the Government pursuant to Article 127, Paragraph 3 , of the Constitution.
Article 41
The subjects who can legitimately submit a bill or a draft regulation to the responsible bodies can require the assistance of the regional legislative office.
The Council's Committees shall admit the first signatory to the discussion on the bills, based on the procedures established by the Rules and Regulations.
Should no decision be made on a bill or draft regulation within six months from their presentation, then such bill or draft regulation shall be included in the Council's agenda and discussed during the first subsequent meeting, taking precedence over any other matter.
Article 42
The texts of the laws shall be sent by the President of the Council to the Government Commissioner within five days after their adoption.
The texts of the regulations adopted by the Regional Council shall be sent by the President of the Council to the control organ envisaged by Article 125 of the Constitution within five days after their adoption.
Article 43
The laws are promulgated by the President of the Giunta Regionale within ten days after the affixing of the approval, or after the expiry of the term envisaged by Article 127 of the Constitution for remanding the Law to the Regional Council in case the approval has not been affixed.
The text is preceded by the following formula: 'Approved by the Regional Council. The Government Commissioner's approval has been affixed. Promulgated by the President of the Giunta Regionale.' , or 'Approved by the Regional Council. The Government Commissioner's approval is regarded as affixed, due to the expiry of the terms envisaged by the law. Promulgated by the President of the Giunta Regionale.'
The text of the law is followed by this formula: 'This law will be published in the Official Journal of the Region of Veneto. All the subjects concerned must respect it and see to it that it is respected as a Law of the Region of Veneto".
The regional regulations are promulgated by the President of the Giunta Regionale within ten days after the expiry of the terms envisaged by the law for the control powers to be exercised by the organ described in article 125 of the Constitution.
The text of the regulation is preceded by the following formula: 'Approved by the Regional Council. Promulgated by the President of the Giunta Regionale.'
The text of the regulation is followed by this formula: 'This regulation will be published in the Official Journal of the Region of Veneto. All the subjects concerned must respect it and see to it that it is respected as a Regulation of the Region of Veneto".
Article 44
Regional laws are published within five days after their promulgation and shall come into force on the fifteenth day after their publication, subject to longer terms as established by the laws themselves.
A regional law may provide for shorter terms for the enforcement of its provisions in those cases where the Regional Council has declared its urgency and the Central Government of the Repulic has granted its permission.
The decision to adopt the emergency procedure for the consideration and for the adoption of the law pursuant to Article 40 of the Statute shall lead to the issuing of a declaration of emergency relating to the law for the purposes described in the previous paragraph.
Regional regulations are published within five days after their promulgation and shall come into force on the fifteenth day after their publication, except as otherwise provided by the law.
Article 45
The President of the Giunta Regionale may propose a referendum in order to decide on the total or partial abrogation of a regional law, or of an admimistrative provision, when this is requested by thirty thousand voters.
The procedures for the organization of the referendum are defined by the regional legislation.
The right to participate in the referendum is extended to all the citizens included in the electoral rolls of the Communes in the Region.
The proposal that constitutes the subject of the referendum is carried if the majority of the voters entitled to do so have cast their votes and if the majority of the votes cast have been validly expressed.
Article 46
A referendum to decide on the repeal of budget-related laws, tax laws, and relevant enforcement provisions shall not be admitted. The Council shall decide on the possible existence of reasons for inadmissibility.
Article 47
The Regional Council may decide to hold special 'consultative' referenda in order to consult those sections of the popoulations who are affected by specific provisions.
This special type of referendum will be held to consult those sections of the population who are affected by bills for the setting up of new Communes, or by changes in constituencies, or names of Communes.

Heading III
The administrative function

Article 48
The Regional Authorities shall normally perform their administrative functions by delegating them to the Provinces, the Communes, or other local agencies, or availing themselves of their own offices.
The regional administrative organization is defined by the regional legislation.
Article 49
The Regional Authorities' administrative organization comprises a General Planning Secretariat and a number of Regional Secretariats.
The General Planning Secretariat offers its assistance to the organs of the regional government in drafting the documents and acts of regional planning, it coordinates the activities of the other Secretariats, and ensures that the general duties of the Regional Authorities are dischargeded.
The Regional Secretariats attend to the enforcement of provisions relating to such administrative functions as are directly performed by the Regional Authorities. They offer assistance to the President and the Giunta in the fulfilment of their functions and responsibilities.
The activities carried out by all Secretariats are directed by the Giunta Regionale.
In compliance with the provisions issued by the Giunta, the heads and managers of the Regional Secretariats attend to the organization and regulate the functioning of the services put under their control and are responsible for their good performance.
Article 50
With regard to activities and services relating to social and economic development, which, by their own nature, cannot be delegated to local bodies or performed or provided through their offices, the Regional Authorities can - through specific legislation - set up bodies and companies, or take part in consortia of public agencies, or acquire equity interests in corporations, and - with specific reference to temporary operational tasks - they can set up special agencies.
The Regional Council shall define the general guidelines for their activity, appoint the administrators, and attend to the general organization and regulation of the bodies, companies and agencies described in the first paragraph.
The Giunta shall check that the activities of such bodies, companies and agencies are in keeping with the decisions of the Council.
The procedures for the appointment of the administrators of the bodies and companies answering to the Regional Authorities, as well as of the representatives of the Region within State bodies and organs, shall ensure that the Council's minority is suitably represented.
The institutive legislation defines the procedures governing the participation of the subjects directly concerned in the activities carried out by the regional bodies and companies.
Article 51
The regional law shall define the employees' legal and economic status and the relevant organization chart in compliance with the principles established by the Statute after suitable consultations with the Trade Unions. It shall also define the rules for incorporating the offices and the staff transferred from the State level into the regional offices.
The regional staff members are included in a single regional roll with distinctions exclusively consisting in varying titles and professional qualifications, which correspond to the different assignments and responsibilities shouldered. The staff shall be hired on the basis of competitive examinations, except as otherwise provided by the law.
Employees performing similar or equivalent tasks shall receive equal pay.
The employees serving in bodies or companies established by the Regional Authorities shall be regarded as regional staff, except as otherwise provided in the institutive laws.
Article 52
Following upon a proposal tabled by the Giunta and approved by the Council, the President shall appoint as manager of each Secretariat, as mentioned in the first paragraph of Article 49, a person selected from among experts and professionals working outside the Regional Administration, who will be hired for a defined term, and shall cease to provide his/her services to the Regional Authorities by law no later than six months after the expiry of the Regional Authorities' term of office, in compliance with the criteria established by regional laws.
The manager of each regional body, company, or agency shall be appointed by the respective administrative organs based on the same criteria.
The managers' appointments can also be revoked by means of the same procedure before the expiry of their terms of office.
The managers' pay shall be defined through a decision by the Giunta, after suitable consultations with the competent Council's Committee.
Article 53
In order to ensure smooth performance and an impartial approach to administrative action, the regional laws regulate the procedures for the adoption of regional administrative acts.
The Regional Authorities shall encourage the effective participation of citizens and groups in the process of adoption of administrative provisions of general interest and shall ensure a free exchange of opinions between the subjects who are directly involved in all of the different stages of development of administrative proceedings.
The subjects concerned shall be informed of the beginning of the proceedings and shall be allowed to examine the acts and documents relating to the proceedings also during the preliminary stage.
The administrative provisions issued by the Regional Authorities must invariably include a motivation, also with refrence to national, regional, and local plans and programmes. Silence on the part of the administration is equivalent to the rejection of the petition.
The provisions adopted by the regional organs are final.

Heading IV
Relations with Local Bodies

Article 54
In keeping with the principles of autonomy and decentralization, the Regional Authorities shall establish mutual relationships based on cooperation with the Provinces, the Communes and other local bodies. They shall coordinate their participation in regional planning, with a view to achieving a well-balanced social and economic development, while favouring the establishment of local institutions on the basis of partnerships.
Article 55
The power to delegate the administrative functions to the Provinces, the Communes, and other local bodies, pursuant to Article 118, last paragraph, of the Constitution, is conferred, after suitable consultations with the bodies concerned, through a law establishing the guiding criteria, the conditions, the term and the procedures for their performance. The law also regulates the consequent financial relations with the delegates, as well as possible transfers of personnel.
The power of delegation shall be exercised pursuant to the principles envisaged by Article 53.
The delegation shall be conferred upon all the agencies of the same nature which meet the requirements provided for by the law.
The Giunta Regionale shall exercise the powers of initiative and control vis-ā-vis the functions delegated to local bodies; it shall proceed to the adoption of the provision of revocation of the delegation in cases where non-performance has been ascertained.
The regional legislation defines those cases where the Giunta shall avail itself of the offices and services provided by local bodies; it shall establish the procedures for their use, and regulate the consequent financial relations and possible transfers of personnel, in agreement with the bodies concerned.
Article 56
Pursuant to Article 130 of the Constitution, the power of control over the acts of the Provinces, the Communes, and other local bodies, shall be exercized on the basis of the prionciple of decentralization, in compliance with the procedures established by the regional law.

Heading V
The budget

Article 57
The Region has its own budget and, within the limits established by state laws, it shall introduce its own taxes and adopt the relevant administrative procedures in case of disputes, as well as sanctions and penalties.
The Region has its own property and assets.
The regional legislation defines the accounting rules governing the Region, in the framework of the fundamental principles established by State laws.
Article 58
The financial year coincides with the calendar year.
The budget shall be submitted to the Council by 30th September of the previous year and shall be adopted through a regional law by 21st December.
The power to attend to the provisional running of the budget may be granted by means of a special law, as an exception, for periods no longer than four months overall. The regional bodies, companies and agencies shall submit their own budgets, concurrently with the regional budget, to the Council for approval.
Article 59
No later than by 15th September each year, the Giunta Regionale shall draw up and submit to the Council a report on the progress made in the implementation of the regional plan or plans, including a number of forecasts.
The Regional Council shall in turn submit this report to the Assembly of the Representatives of the Provincial, Municipal, and other local Councils in the Region.
The Assembly can cast votes and adopt motions with a consultative value.
The regional legislation defines the procedures to be complied with in order to convene the Assembly and form groups of representatives within the same.
Article 60
The budget highlights the financial obligations of each service and for each regional activity in relation to the objectives of regional planning.
The President of the Giunta submits the draft budget to the Council, together with:
  1. a report to highlight the relationship between the budget forecasts and the progress achieved in the implementation of the regional economic plan;
  2. estimates of the expenses of local bodies in relation to the performance of the functions delegated to them, or for which the Regional Authorities will avail themselves of their offices and services;
  3. cash estimates for the Regional Authorities and the bodies and companies answering to them.
Article 61
Through the responsible Standing Committee, the Council shall exercise its power of control over the implementation of regional plans and programmes, the administrative activity of the regional authorities, and of the bodies, companies and agencies answering to them, as well as over the handling of the budget and asset management.
The Committee must be consulted in relation to all bills, to check that these comply with regional plans, before the bills are submitted to the responsible Committee.
Article 62
The General Account of the Region, also including the accounts of the bodies, companies and agencies answering to the Regional Authorities, shall be submitted by the President of the Giunta to the Regional Council by 30th June the following year. The Account shall be referred to the responsible Committee for the necessary controls.
Within ninety days, the Committee shall submit a report to the Council for approval. The Council shall adopt the General Account through a special law by 21st December.
Article 63
For the purposes of revenue collection and for the payment of their own expenses, the Regional Authorities shall avail themselves of their own Treasury Office.
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- Title IV - The Revision of the Statute
  Article 64
The revision of the Statute shall be performed through the procedures envisaged for the adoption of regional laws. The decisions concerning the revision are made by the majority of the Councillors assigned to the Region; they are adopted pursuant to the provisions contained in the second paragraph of Article 123 of the Constitution.
The proposed changes to the Statute are included in the agenda of the first meeting of the Regional Council each year.
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  NOTE
  1) Adopted, pursuant to Article 123, Paragraph II of the Constitution, by the Law n.340, dated 22nd May 1971 (as an addition to the provision n. 148 of 14th June, 1971).

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