It Es Po

NEWSLETTER N. 2


Via this Newsletter, we are also carrying on the project of recognizing Italian citizenship for Trentino emigrants and their descendants with the seriousness and the constructive spirit that Rino Zandonai taught us during his many years of tireless commitment, up until the very end, one year ago.

ITALIAN PARLIAMENT: Update regarding reform procedure of the right to Italian citizenship. A proposal by the Government for limiting citizenship to descendants of Italian emigrants, up through the second generation.

For emigrants from Trentino before 1920 and their descendants: the deadline for obtaining Italian citizenship expires on December 20, 2010.

MONITORING access to citizenship at the Italian consulates. Share your experience with us

SPECIAL voting right/obligation of Italians living abroad – who are the voters and who are the representatives to the Italian Parliament of Italians abroad

WRITE TO US at legale@trentininelmondo.it to request information, give suggestions or to inform us.
Your communications help the entire community to collaborate better.

Next appointment: 23 – 25 july ITTONA Convention - Toronto

Text: Lara Olivetti
Translations: Rosanna Barchiesi, Joseph P. Hovan




The debate continues in the Italian Chamber of Deputies regarding reforming the law about citizenship. The current text in discussion conglomerates the texts of law proposals presented and selected by the I Commission (Constitutional Affairs): Chamber Act (A.C.) 103 and annexes.

The text does not provide for law projects created for facilitating the acquisition of Italian citizenship on behalf of Italian emigrants and their descendants, proposed by members of parliament (hereafter “MPs/Reps.”) Fedi, Bucchino, Cuomo, Garavini, Grassi, Marchi, Merlo, Narducci, Porta, Razzi (C. 718) and Merlo, Angeli, Bellotti, Boffa, Brugger, Di Biaggio, Iannaccone, Mura, Nicco, Paniz, Picchi, Porta, Razzi Sarubbi, Tremaglia, Zeller (C. 995 and 104 Angeli), already indicated in our Newletter of December 2009.

In any case, many are working on introducing the rules proposed. The Association Trentini nel Mondo (ATM) is working with the Parliamentarians to obtain the recognition of citizenship for emigrants from the Trentino and their descendants. These are the Acts carried out until now:
    • January 12, 2010: Proposals for amendments for reacquiring citizenship and for recognizing citizenship through maternal lineage.
    • February 18, 2010 proposal of amendment to Decree-Law of December 30, 2009 no. 194 (so-called ”Thousand Extensions") with Hon. MP/Rep. Porta;
    • February 24, 2010 order of the day that engages the Government to "predispose proper measures for continuing to make possible, even by a further extension of the above-mentioned deadline December 31, 2010, presenting requests for recognizing Italian citizenship on behalf of those having rights” (MP/Rep. Porta with MPs/Reps. Froner, Narducci, Bucchino, Farina, Fedi and Garavini).
    • May 20, 2010 – The Deputy Secretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers has affirmed that the Government intends to introduce a modification to the law regarding citizenship in which the principle of equality in both feminine and masculine lineage would be clearly affirmed. However, it would also limit recognizing citizenship to the second generation of descent. Such limits would be inserted for the first time in the Italian ordinance for recognizing citizenship based on descent and is destined to strongly reduce the number of Italians abroad. Currently, in the whole world there are thousands of persons waiting to register Italian citizenship on behalf of descendants of Italian emigrants beyond the second generation and they could be excluded. The reform will be proposed by the Government to the Parliament in the occasion of the next vote for converting the decree of the Government into law with which the duration of the organizations representing Italian abroad is extended, the COMITES and Consiglio Generale degli Italiani all'estero [General Council of Italians Living Abroad], in view of the reform.
The Association Trentini nel Mondo promotes meetings with Trentino MPs/Reps. in Rome for the purpose of finding support among all political forces for the benefit of the Trentino community abroad for obtaining effective recognition of Italian citizenship.We invite you all, groups and individuals, to give us your support, also writing to the Political Representatives of the Italian community abroad. Being Italian citizens also means becoming voters.

This is what Jim Boin of the Circolo Trentino of San Francisco, California has done. Jim has taken the initiative of writing to the Italian MPs/Reps. elected by Italians in North America:
“I intend to bring to your attention the question of grave delays in handling proceedings of recognition of Italian citizenship for descendants of emigrants from Trentino and other provinces annexed by Italy in 1920, currently exceeding five years. (...)"
The question regards thousands of descendents of Trentino immigrants in North America, an integral part of the Italian community. In particular, there is a proposed law that I ask you to sustain (AC 2930/XVI, proposed by Hon. MPs/Reps. Froner, Narducci and Porta), as well as identifying solutions regarding the processing delays of proceedings” (March 19, 2010).




There is time only until December 20, 2010 for requesting Italian citizenship. Law 379/2000 has recognized the right to present declarations for citizenship to those who emigrated before 1920 from the Trentino and other territories annexed by Italy. In view of the expiration, an interrogation has been presented to the Italian Government regarding processing proceedings in progress. The question has been posed on July 29, 2009 in the House of Commons/Representatives by Hon. MPs/Reps. Porta, Froner, Narducci, Bucchino, Farina, Fedi, De Torre e Garavini (read the text of the interrogation).

The Internal Ministry has responded on March 17, 2010. It declared having added personnel authorized to handle proceedings of recognition of Italian citizenship within the framework of Law 379/2000 (emigrants from Trentino and other provinces annexed by Italy and Yugoslavia in 1920). It has established by decree, in addition, it has been decreed that when authorities receiving the documents express a favorable opinion regarding their completeness and compliance with the Law, no impediment for recognizing citizenship should be issued directly by the Central Director for Civil Rights, therefore without any preventative passage in the Commission.
Of the 43,700 applications received until now by the Internal Ministry, only 14,750 have been completed. Waiting times still remain long.
For having a precise recognition of the areas of origin, Hon. MP/Rep. Porta and other Italian Members of Parliament had also asked also to have a monitoring of the situation from consulate to consulate, for the purpose of understanding how to also intervene locally. The Internal Ministry has responded generically that the requests originate for the most part from Brazil and Argentina.



ATM is monitoring the situation of who is requesting Italian citizenship at the consulates to be able to intervene and find solutions to possible problems. It appears that descendants of emigrated Trentini have been excluded illegally upon presenting citizenship requests because they were born by female emigrants before 1948. In addition, others were most likely excluded because a progenitor acquired citizenship from a state different than Italy. Other persons most likely have been set back many months and are likely having difficulty presenting their requests.
We ask you to bring possible problems to our attention for permitting us to present the issues to the competent authorities in a correct manner and to be able to find solutions.
We remind you that if the citizenship request has not been presented by December 20, 2010, descendants of emigrants before 1920 will definitely be excluded from Italian citizenship and will not be able to have judicial protection of their rights.


Right/Obligation of Voting for Italians Residing Abroad


The recent cases of voting abuses of Italians residing abroad remind us of the importance of responsibly exercising our voting rights and of being elected in the accordance with the law. Here are some notices and tips for in-depth analysis.
Write us your questions or bring something to our attention.

What is it?
It is the right and the obligation of electing representatives to the Italian Parliament and of being a candidate to be elected to the Chamber of Deputies or to the Senate of the Republic. Since the year 2001, Italy acknowledges the right to vote/to be elected for citizens residing abroad and it assures its effectiveness. A foreign district for electing the two Chambers of the Parliament has been established (“Circoscrizione Estero”), to which 18 representatives have been assigned (article 48 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic).

Why?
Italians living abroad are recognized as an integral part of the Italian people and are called to participate in the life of the Republic. Voting and candidacy are the highest expressions of the right to be Italians even outside of the Italian territory and a necessity for contributing to the good government of the Country.
The Chamber of Deputies also serves you on the internet with a guide to voting from abroad.

Who votes?
Italian citizens vote residing outside of the Italian State Territory. These persons must be registered in the electoral lists maintained by the Italian consulates.
Italian citizens residing and registered in the electoral lists abroad have the right to candidacy.

How and when do you vote?
By December 31, 2010 you must communicate to the Italian Consulate that you intend to vote or run for office in Italy. Otherwise, you will vote via mail in your State of residency. The Consulates send a communication in time with instructions for voting. The voting rules are contained in the Law no. 459/2001 (text in Italian, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German).
Voting for the Italian Parliament occurs every five years (Legislature). Currently, representatives elected in the elections of April 13-14, 2008 (XVI Legislature) are in power, until the next elections in 2013.

Who are the representatives in Parliament?
There are 18 representatives of Italians abroad in Parliament: 12 members of the Chamber of Deputies and 6 senators. The number is determined proportionally to the number of Italian voters residing abroad. Search for your representatives in the list below, separated by election district.

ELECTED TO THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES/REPRESENTATIVES

Name
Institutional Internet Site
“OpenPolis”
Monitoring
Personal
Website
Angeli Giuseppe page file not available
Merlo Ricardo page file ricardomerlo.com
Porta Fabio page file fabioporta.com

Name
Institutional Internet Site
“OpenPolis”
Monitoring
Personal
Website
Berardi Amato page file amatoberardi.com
Bucchino Gino page file ginobucchino.it

Name
Institutional Internet Site
“OpenPolis”
Monitoring
Personal
Website
Di Biagio Aldo page file aldodibiagio.it
Farina Gianni page file giannifarina.eu
Garavini Laura page file garavini.eu
Narducci Franco page file franconarducci.com
Picchi Guglielmo page file picchi.info
Razzi Antonio page file antoniorazzi.org

Name
Institutional Internet Site
“OpenPolis”
Monitoring
Personal
Website
Fedi Marco page file marcofedi.com.au



ELECTED TO THE SENATE OF REPUBLIC

Name
Institutional Internet Site
“OpenPolis”
Monitoring
Personal
Website
Caselli Esteban page file senadorcaselli.com
Giai Mirella page file mirellagiai.com

Name
Institutional Internet Site
“OpenPolis”
Monitoring
Personal
Website
Giordano Basilio page file basiliogiordano.com

Name
Institutional Internet Site
“OpenPolis”
Monitoring
Personal
Website
Fantetti Raffaele page file fantetti.org
Micheloni Claudio page file micheloni.ch

Name
Institutional Internet Site
“OpenPolis”
Monitoring
Personal
Website
Randazzo Nino page file not available