The Interministerial Committee on European Affairs (CIAE) was set up under Law No 234 of 24 December 2012 setting forth general rules on Italy’s participation in the formation and implementation of legislation and policies of the European Union. Its main purpose is to agree at political level a unitary national position on EU legislative proposals and policies.
The Committee’s governance is set by Decree of the President of the Republic No 118 of 26 June 2015, which establishes that the Committee operates within the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
The CIAE is convened and chaired by the President of the Council of Ministers or, by virtue of a delegation of authority, by the Minister of European Affairs. Members of the Committee are the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Economy and Finance and other Ministers with competence in the matters on the agenda. The Presidents of the Conference of Italian regions, of the National Association of Italian Municipalities and of the Union of the Provinces of Italy also participate when matters falling within their competence are discussed.
The outcome of CIAE meetings is set out in official documents (position papers) by the Department for European Policies. Such position papers are then supported in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in all negotiations at European level.
The CIAE’s activity is supported by a Technical Committee of Evaluation (CTV) which meets regularly before the CIAE to ensure coordination at technical and administrative level.