Constitutional excursion to Rome

Also this year the students of Italian law had the opportunity to get to know the Italian Constitutional Court and the Italian Parliament in practice during an excursion to Rome. Another focus of the two-day trip was the relationship between autonomy and the State.
Exkursion Rom

In June 2019, more than 20 students of Italian law visited the Italian capital Rome, with the proven organisational support of the South Tyrolean Roman Office. Initially, the programme included a visit to a public hearing at the Constitutional Court, inter alia dealing with freedom of information. The Innsbruck group was then welcomed by the Constitutional Court Judge Daria de Pretis, who, after a brief introduction to the Court's working methods, answered the students' questions in an interesting discussion.

The next item on the agenda was the visit of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. In both cases the smouldering government crisis showed its effect, which threw both the meeting calendar and the scheduling of the delegates and senators from South Tyrol completely over the pile. Since there was no plenary session, the students were able to visit the Senate session hall and sit in the Senators' seats. The first day ended with a joint pizza dinner.

The second day began again in the Senate, where the group met first with Senator Meinhard Durnwalder and then with Senator Julia Unterberger in the meeting room of the IV Standing Committee on Defence Matters, who both took time for the group despite their packed work programme. Afterwards Laura Schmid, parliamentary assistant for many years, chatted out of the sewing box and gave a gripping insight into everyday parliamentary life. The visit to the Senate ended after watching the explanations of vote on motions for resolutions on the fight against climate change from the rostrum.

The students then met Katharina Tasser, head of the South Tyrolean Roman Office, who briefly explained the function and working methods of this structure of the South Tyrolean regional administration in Rome and gave a vivid account of her daily work. The last item on the agenda was a visit to the Conference of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces, the forum for the Regions and Autonomous Provinces to form a common opinion with the Central Government. The Secretary General of Cinsedo Alessandra Grillo and Andrea Ciaffi, responsible for EU affairs, gave an exciting insight into the complex relationship between the Regions and the State and addressed the question of differentiated regionalism.

(Esther Happacher)

Report on the visit to the Conference of Regions and Autonomous Provinces (Italian)

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