The Parliament plays a crucial role as co-legislator. According to article 82 of the Constitution, national ordinances shall be enacted jointly by the Government and Parliament.
National ordinances contain general binding regulations which in certain cases have far reaching consequences for the citizens of the country like for example the raising of taxes and criminalizing certain behavior. These types of decisions cannot be taken lightly and require a lot of preparation before these decisions are laid down in a national ordinance.
The procedure to establish a national ordinance can be found in Chapter 6 of the Constitution and is briefly described below: