In municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants, the same mayor can be elected for three consecutive terms

On Tuesday the Italian Senate definitively approved the bill which raises the number of consecutive terms allowed to mayors of municipalities with between 3,000 and 5,000 inhabitants to three. For municipalities with 5,000 inhabitants and over, the limit of consecutive terms remains the one established at two, with the possibility of a third re-election only if one of the two terms has lasted less than two years, six months and a day, and was not interrupted by voluntary resignation. For municipalities with less than 3,000 inhabitants, it was already possible to be re-elected for three consecutive terms.

The Senate approved the provision, which had already been passed to the House last November, without making changes, with 109 votes in favor, none against and 23 abstentions. After the promulgation of the law by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, the law will be active as early as the next administrative elections, scheduled for 12 June.

In addition to the mandate of the mayors, the law also includes two other provisions: the first provides that in private entities that perform public administrative functions or that produce or manage public goods and services, top management positions cannot be entrusted to those who have suffered convictions for crimes against the public administration. The second excludes municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants from management control procedures, those used to verify the organization, efficiency and level of optimization of the costs and results of municipal management.

The bill passed on Tuesday is part of a broader reform project of the Consolidated text of local authoritiesthe law that regulates the competences of the municipalities and therefore also of the mayors, which will soon be examined by the government and which proposes further changes to the management of the municipalities.

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