Union for Trentino
|Union for Trentino
Unione per il Trentino
|Founded||7 June 2008|
|Headquarters||via Lunelli, 64
|National affiliation||With Monti for Italy|
|European Parliament group||no MEPs|
|Chamber of Deputies|
|Politics of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
The Union for Trentino (Italian: Unione per il Trentino, UpT) is a regionalist, centrist and Christian-democratic political party active in the province of Trentino, Italy. The party has its roots in the experience of Daisy Civic List and was founded on 7 June 2008. Since January 2013 the UpT has been the provincial section of Civic Choice.
In the run-up of the 1998 provincial election Lorenzo Dellai formed the Daisy Civic List in order to unite Trentino centrists affiliated to the centre-left in a single political force. In 2000 Francesco Rutelli took the Daisy as an example when he launched Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy (DL) at the national level. The Daisy Civic List became the provincial section of DL. In 2008, after that DL had merged with the Democrats of the Left in order to form the Democratic Party (PD), the Daisy divided itself among those who wanted to continue an autonomous path from national parties and those who wanted to establish the provincial section of the PD. The "regionalist" wing of the Daisy, led by Lorenzo Dellai, formed the UpT.
After the defeat of the centre-left in Trentino in the 2008 general election, the Daisy Civic List was divided among those who wanted to continue on the road toward the consolidation of the regionalist party and those who wanted to establish the provincial section of the Democratic Party (PD) along with the local Democrats of the Left.
The Daisy thus suffered the separation of the "Democrats" from the "regionalists". Lunelli, supported by former Senator Mauro Betta and eight provincial deputies out of twelve, decided to take part to the foundation of the regionalist party, while Senator Claudio Molinari and Deputy Letizia De Torre decided to join the PD.
The new regionalist party, named Union for Trentino, was launched on 7 June, while the provincial PD was established on 8 June with the primary election for the first provincial secretary: Alberto Pacher. On 15 July Marco Tanas, a 35-year old former Socialist, was elected secretary of the party and Flavia Fontana president.
From Alliance for Italy to the "party of Trentino"
In the autumn of 2009 the UpT played an active role at the national level. On 11 December Dellai was a founding member of Alliance for Italy, along with Francesco Rutelli, Linda Lanzillotta, Bruno Tabacci and Elvio Ubaldi. Dellai was appointed by Rutelli national coordinator of the new party.
While he is increasingly engaged at the national level, Dellai is also active in Trentino and within the framework of the Euroregion Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino. In an interview he pressed forward toward a provincial federation with the Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party (PATT) and the local Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC), while he also hinted that the UpT would form a sister party both in South Tyrol and in Tyrol. This project was called by Dellai "Party of Trentino".
In February 2012, during a party congress, Flavia Fontana was elected new secretary by a large majority of party members. Despite this and the "silence" of Silvano Grisenti (a former regional minister, convicted for corruption and later acquitted, who forced Vittorio Fravezzi's replacement and controlled 40% of the party's membership), the UpT seemed far from being united. During the congress, the goal of a "Party of Trentino" was confirmed, but this time around, the two parties which were invited to merge with the UpT were the PATT and the regional section of the Democratic Party (PD).
Playing a role in the national stage
In late December 2012 Dellai resigned from President of Trentino in order to take part to the foundation of Civic Choice (SC), a centrist party led by Mario Monti. Dellai was one of the leading figures of the new party and the UpT threw its weight behind him in this effort.
In the 2013 general election the UpT formed the core of the SC list for the Chamber of Deputies: the newly formed party won 19.6% in Trentino and Dellai was elected deputy. For the Senate the UpT formed an alliance with the PD and the PATT: the alliance won all three single-seat constituencies of Trentino and UpT's Vittorio Fravezzi was elected senator in the constituency of Rovereto. Dellai became floor leader of SC in the Chamber.
In July the party suffered a setback in Trentino as its candidate in the centre-left primary election for President of Trentino, Mauro Gilmozzi, came third after the PATT's and the PD's candidates. The party was thus not able to secure the succession of Dellai.
The electoral results of the UpT in Trentino since 2008 are shown in the table below.
|2008 provinc.||2009 European||2013 general||2013 provincial|
- Secretary: Marco Tanas (2008–2010), Vittorio Fravezzi (2010–2012), Flavia Fontana (2012–present)
- President: Flavia Fontana (2008–2009), Luisa Zappini (2009–2011), Adriano Paoli (2011–2012), Corrado Buratti (2012–present)
- Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
- Within SC
- Within SC
- Ministero dell'Interno - Elezioni della Camera dei Deputati
- Alle Provinciali arriva il Pd Lunelli: "Sconfitta, colpa mia" | Trentino
- Pd, Pacher accelera "Subito le primarie" | Trentino
- La sindrome Illy attanaglia la Margherita | Trentino
- Pd, sarà il 15 giugno la data delle primarie | Trentino
- Civica Margherita del Trentino
- l'Adige.it - Quotidiano Indipendente del Trentino Alto Adige
- Pd, boom di votanti Pacher vince col 70% | Trentino
- Unione, Dellai "incorona" Tanas | Trentino
- The party took part to the election as part of Civic Choice.
- Provincial Council of Trento – Legislatures
- Trentino Alto-Adige Region – Elections
- Provincial Government of Trento – Elections
- Cattaneo Institute – Archive of Election Data
- Parties and Elections in Europe – Province of Trento
- Ministry of the Interior – Historical Archive of Elections