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Della Vedova chairs the meeting on the observations of the United Nations on restrictions to direct democracy in Italy

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Benedetto Della Vedova, chaired the Interministerial Coordination Meeting on the November 2019 observations of the United Nations Human Rights Committee regarding the obstacles faced by forms of direct democracy in Italy.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition and the Department of Legal and Legislative Affairs of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

The Deputy Minister stressed the importance of greater engagement in the dialogue with the United Nations human rights system.

“During 2021, we were able to provide significant updates, firstly thanks to the indications of Mininster Colao and, subsequently, with the introduction of a dedicated provision in the July 2021 Simplification Decree, the conversion of which was specifically followed.” – Della Vedova said – “The UN then specifically requested Italy to prevent similar violations in the future by reviewing the reference legislation, to ensure that it does not place unreasonable restrictions on access to direct participation by citizens.”

“On the basis of these considerations, I trust that the fruitful interministerial dialogue under way will soon lead to a response to the United Nations, with suitable arguments for wrapping up the procedure” – the Deputy Minister concluded.

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