The National Council of Economy and Labor

The National Council of Economy and Labor - CNEL - is provided by Article 99 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic:

"The National Council of Economy and Labor is composed, in the ways established by law, of experts and representatives of the social partners, to the extent that they take into account their numerical and qualitative importance.

It is an advisory body of the Parliament and the Government for the matters and according to the functions assigned to it by the law.

It has the legislative initiative and can contribute to the elaboration of economic and social legislation in accordance with the principles and within the limits established by law. "

The CNEL was established by Law No. 33 of 5 January 1957. Composition and attributions are governed by Law No. 936 of 30 December 1986.

The Council is composed of sixty-four counselors:

• Ten experts, qualified exponents of economic, social and legal culture, eight of them are nominated by the President of the Republic and two ones are nominated by the President of the Council of Ministers;

• Forty-two representatives of the production categories, of whom twenty-two representing employee work, three of whom are representatives of private and public executives and cadres, nine representing self-employment and seventeen representing companies:

• Six representatives of social promotion organizations and volunteer organizations, of whom three are designated by the National Observatory for Association and three appointed by the National Observatory for Volunteering.

The Council members are in office for 5 years and can be reconfirmed.