Towards a virtual Parliament: reflections on the Italian experience from a comparative perspective

The paper aims to verify the measures the Italian House of Representatives and the Senate applied to ensure the continuity of parliamentary work without threatening the health of their members during the current emergency.
The analysis will be carried out from a comparative perspective exploring the initiatives put in place by Parliaments of other main European countries involved by the pandemic, with particular regard to the cases of Spanish “Cortes” and European Parliament.
Being expression of two different approaches to the issue of remote participation and voting, these experiences allow to assess the measures implemented by the Italian Chambers and the legal and practical consequences that could rise by holding sessions and meetings remotely.
This in order to reflect on the most appropriate ways to guarantee the functioning of the Parliament in case of emergency and allow physically impeded MPs to perform their duties on a par with their other colleagues.