Changes at Palazzo Chigi

In exchange for fingerprints, MPs get longer coffee breaks

Editorial Staff
March 12, 2009

Following the new regulations introduced by the Chamber of Deputies speaker Gianfranco Fini, all parliamentary votes will now be executed using a new fingerprinting system. Aimed at ensuring that Italian members of parliament (MPs) do their own voting, the new system is intended to curb ‘slacking' by MPs, who often send their assistants to vote on their behalf.


In exchange for being present at voting sessions, MPs will get longer coffee and lunch breaks. Breaks will total an hour a day and two hours on Wednesdays. The new rules go into effect on March 9.


Fini also announced that parliamentary sessions of the Chamber of Deputies will soon be available on the popular Internet platform YouTube as an effort to increase transparency and an attempt to bring Italian youth closer to state institutions and politics.


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