Politics of Veneto

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The Politics of Veneto, Italy takes place in a framework of a semi-presidential representative democracy, whereby the President is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the Regional Government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Regional Council. The Statute of Veneto was promulgated on 22 May 1971 and largely rewritten on 18 October 2011. The article 2 proclaims the principle of the "self-government of the Venetian people".[1]

Once a heartland of Christian Democracy, which polled 60.5% in the 1953 general election and steadily above 50% until the late 1970s, and controlled the regional government from its establishment in 1970 to 1993, in the 1990s Veneto became a stronghold of the centre-right Pole/House of Freedoms coalition, which governed the region from 1995 to 2010 under Giancarlo Galan of Forza Italia. In 2010 Galan was replaced by Luca Zaia of Liga VenetaLega Nord, who obtained a hefty and record-breaking (in Veneto) 60.2% of the vote and whose coalition included the The People of Freedom/Forza Italia and, since 2013, the New Centre-right;[2] Liga Veneta was the largest party with 35.2% of the vote. Zaia and Liga Veneta were confirmed in 2015, with a reduced but more coehsive majority, due to the split of Tosi List for Veneto and the diminishment of Forza Italia: Zaia won 50.1% of the vote, while Liga Veneta a thumping 40.9%, largely ahead of the opposition Democratic Party's 20.5%.

Veneto is home to Venetian nationalism (or Venetism), a political movement that appeared in the 1970s, demanding political and fiscal autonomy for the region (which is felt by Venetists to be a nation in its own right) and promoting Venetian culture, language and history. This was the political background in which Liga Veneta was launched in 1980. In the 1990s and the 2000s other Venetist parties, such as the Union of the Venetian People, the Veneto Autonomous Region Movement, Lega Autonomia Veneta, Liga Veneta Repubblica and North-East Project, emerged, but they never touched the popularity of Liga Veneta, which was a founding member of Lega Nord in 1991. Some Venetists have campaigned for federal reform, others (notably including the more recent Veneto State, Venetian Independence, Plebiscito.eu and We Independent Veneto) for outright independence.


Main article: Government of Veneto

The Regional Government is led by the President of Veneto and composed of the President and ten Ministers (Assessori), including a Vice President.

Current composition[edit]

Main article: Zaia II Government

The current regional government has been in office from 29 June 2015, under the leadership of President Luca Zaia of Liga VenetaLega Nord.

Zaia II Government
Office Name Party
President Luca Zaia Liga Veneta
Vice President Gianluca Forcolin Liga Veneta
Minister of Budget and Local Government Gianluca Forcolin Liga Veneta
Minister of Health and Social Programs Luca Coletto Liga Veneta
Minister of Economic Development and Energy Roberto Marcato Liga Veneta
Minister of Public Works, Infrastructures and Transports Elisa De Berti Liga Veneta
Minister of Agriculture, Hunting and Fishing Giuseppe Pan Liga Veneta
Minister of Education and Labour Elena Donazzan Forza Italia
Minister of Social Affairs Manuela Lanzarin Liga Veneta
Minister of EU Programs, Tourism and International Trade Franco Caner Liga Veneta
Minister of Environment and Civil Protection Gianpaolo Bottacin Liga Veneta
Minister of Culture, City Planning and Security Cristiano Corazzari Liga Veneta

Source: Veneto Region – Regional Government

List of previous Governments[edit]

Main article: Governments of Veneto
Governments of Veneto
Government President Party Coalition Vice President Party Term Legislature
Tomelleri I Angelo Tomelleri DC DC Paolo Tartari DC 1970–1971 I Legislature
Tomelleri II Angelo Tomelleri DC DC Paolo Tartari DC 1971–1972 I Legislature
Feltrin I Piero Feltrin DC DC Paolo Tartari DC 1972–1973 I Legislature
Tomelleri III Angelo Tomelleri DC DC Marino Cortese DC 1973–1975 I Legislature
Tomelleri IV Angelo Tomelleri DC DC, PRI Giancarlo Gambaro DC 1975–1977 II Legislature
Tomelleri V Angelo Tomelleri DC DC Marino Cortese DC 1977–1980 II Legislature
Bernini I Carlo Bernini DC DC, PSDI (since 1981) Marino Cortese DC 1980–1985 III Legislature
Bernini II Carlo Bernini DC DC, PSI, PSDI, PLI Umberto Carraro PSI 1985–1989 IV Legislature
Cremonese I Gianfranco Cremonese DC DC, PSI, PSDI, PLI Umberto Carraro PSI 1989–1990 IV Legislature
Cremonese II Gianfranco Cremonese DC DC, PSI, PRI, PSDI Amalia Sartori PSI 1990–1992 V Legislature
Frigo I Franco Frigo DC DC, PSI, Greens Renzo Burro PSI 1992–1993 V Legislature
Pupillo I Giuseppe Pupillo PDS DC, PDS, PSI, Greens, UPV Carlo Alberto Tesserin DC 1993–1994 V Legislature
Bottin I Aldo Bottin PPI PPI, LV, FI, PLI, UPV, CPA, Rad Gian Paolo Gobbo LV 1994–1995 V Legislature
Galan I Giancarlo Galan FI FI, AN, CDU, CCD Bruno Canella AN 1995–2000 VI Legislature
Galan II Giancarlo Galan FI FI, LV, AN, UDC Fabio Gava FI 2000–2005 VII Legislature
Galan III Giancarlo Galan FI FI, LV, AN, UDC, NPSI Luca Zaia / Franco Manzato LV 2005–2010 VIII Legislature
Zaia I Luca Zaia LV LV, PdL* Marino Zorzato** PdL 2010–2015 IX Legislature
Zaia II Luca Zaia LV LV, FI Gianluca Forcolin FI 2015–present X Legislature

Source: Veneto Region
* = Party disbanded in 2013; its members joined either FI or NCD. Vice President Marino Zorzato joined the NCD.

Legislative branch[edit]

The Regional Council of Veneto (Consiglio Regionale del Veneto) is composed of 51 members. 49 councillors are elected in provincial constituencies by proportional representation using the largest remainder method with a Droop quota and open lists, while the remaining two are the elected President and the candidate for President who comes second. The winning coalition wins a bonus of seats in order to make sure the elected President has a majority in the Council.[3][4][5]

The Council is elected for a five-year term, but, if the President suffers a vote of no confidence, resigns or dies, under the simul stabunt, simul cadent (literally: they will stand together or they will fall together) clause introduced in 1999, also the Council is dissolved and a snap election is called.[6]

Current composition[edit]

Distribution of Seats in the Regional Council
Political Group Leader 2015 Now
Liga VenetaLega Nord Nicola Finco 11 12
Zaia President Silvia Rizzotto 13 12
Democratic Party Alessandra Moretti 9 9
Five Star Movement Jacopo Berti 5 5
Forza Italia Massimiliano Barison 3 3
Tosi List for Veneto Stefano Casali 3 3
Moretti President Franco Ferrari 2 2
NCDUdCPopular Area Marino Zorzato 1 1
Independence We Veneto Antonio Guadagnini 1 1
Brothers of Italy Sergio Berlato 1 1
Civic Veneto Pietro Dalla Libera 1 1
Il Veneto del Fare Giovanna Negro 1 1

Sources: Regional Council of Veneto – Groups and Regional Council of Veneto – Members

Local government[edit]


Veneto is subdivided into seven provinces, including Venice which has functioned as a metropolitan city since 2015.

All the seven provinces, but especially Vicenza, Verona and Padua, were long Christian Democratic heartlands. In the early 1990s, when the Venetian and Italian party systems experienced huge realignments, Treviso, Vicenza and Verona became strongholds of Liga VenetaLega Nord, while in Padua, the region's most populated, Forza Italia/The People of Freedom/Forza Italia was the dominant political force; only two provinces, Venice and Rovigo, have traditionally been the powerbases of the centre-left and, more recently, the Democratic Party, while Belluno is a swing province. In the 2015 regional election Liga Veneta came largely first in each and every province.

Since 2014 provinces have lost many powers to the region and the municipalities, and, contextually, provincial presidents have been elected by mayors and municipal councillors, whose votes are weighted according to the population of their municipalities. In some cases, elected Presidents represent bipartisan or trans-party coalitions. For instance, Enoch Soranzo was elected in Padua thanks to the decisive support of the Democratic Party, while the majority of his party, Liga Veneta, had endorsed another candidate,[7] and Achille Variati was endorsed both by the Democrats and Forza Italia in Vicenza.[8] In 2015 the Province of Venice was replaced by the Metropolitan City of Venice and the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, was sworn in as metropolitan mayor too. As of 2015, as a result of the aforementioned institutional changes dictated by the national government and the split of the Tosi List for Veneto, no province is governed by Liga Veneta, the region's largest party.

Province Inhabitants President Party Election
Province of Padua 938,296 Enoch Soranzo Tosi List for Veneto 2014
Province of Verona 923,664 Antonio Pastorello Forza Italia 2014
Province of Treviso 887,293 Leonardo Muraro Tosi List for Veneto 2011
Province of Vicenza 869,718 Achille Variati Democratic Party 2014
Province of Venice
Metropolitan City of Venice
858,198 Luigi Brugnaro
(metropolitan mayor)
(endorsed by FI, LV, etc.)
Province of Rovigo 242,533 Marco Trombini Forza Italia 2014
Province of Belluno 207,894 Daniela Larese Italian Socialist Party 2014


Twenty-six comuni of Veneto have more than 25,000 inhabitants. Eleven are governed by the Democratic Party (including Vicenza and Treviso, six by Liga Veneta (including Padua), four by Forza Italia four, five by independents (including Venice) or minor parties (including Verona).

Municipality Inhabitants Mayor Party Election
Venice 264,579 Luigi Brugnaro Independent (endorsed by FI, LV, etc.) 2015
Verona 260,125 Flavio Tosi Tosi List for Veneto 2012
Padua 211,210 Massimo Bitonci Liga Veneta 2014
Vicenza 113,599 Achille Variati Democratic Party 2013
Treviso 83,652 Giovanni Manildo Democratic Party 2013
Rovigo 52,170 Massimo Bergamin Liga Veneta 2015
Chioggia 49,832 Giuseppe Casson Democratic Party 2011
Bassano del Grappa 43,363 Riccardo Poletto Democratic Party 2014
San Donà di Piave 41,815 Andrea Cereser Democratic Party 2013
Schio 39,443 Valter Orsi Independent (ex-Liga Veneta) 2014
Mira 38,779 Alvise Maniero Five Star Movement 2012
Belluno 35,703 Jacopo Massaro Independent (ex-Democratic Party) 2012
Conegliano 34,963 Floriano Zambon Forza Italia 2012
Castelfranco Veneto 33,258 Stefano Marcon Liga Veneta 2015
Villafranca di Verona 33,246 Mario Faccioli Liga Veneta 2013
Montebelluna 31,332 Marzio Favero Liga Veneta 2011
Vittorio Veneto 28,408 Roberto Tonon Democratic Party 2014
Spinea 27,794 Silvano Checchin Democratic Party 2014
Mogliano Veneto 27,720 Carola Arena Democratic Party 2014
Mirano 27,055 Maria Rosa Pavanello Democratic Party 2012
Valdagno 26,455 Giancarlo Acerbi Democratic Party 2014
Jesolo 26,026 Valerio Zoggia Forza Italia 2012
Arzignano 25,926 Giorgio Gentilin Forza Italia 2014
Albignasego 25,365 Massimiliano Barison Forza Italia 2013
Legnago 25,344 Clara Scapin Democratic Party 2014
Portogruaro 25,219 Maria Teresa Senatore Liga Veneta 2015

Political parties and elections[edit]

Latest regional election[edit]

The latest regional election took place on 31 May 2015.

Luca Zaia of Liga VenetaLega Nord was re-elected President by a landslide 50.1% of the vote. Liga Veneta, which ran an official party list and a list named after Zaia, was confirmed the largest in the region with 40.9%. The Democratic Party came second with 20.5% (combined result of official party list and Alessandra Moretti's personal list) and the Five Star Movement third with 10.4%. The total score of Venetist parties was 54.3%, the highest ever.

e • d 
Candidates Regional lists Provincial lists Total
votes % seats Parties votes % swing seats party group
Luca Zaia 1,108,065 50.1 1 Zaia President 427,363 23.1 new 13 13 29
Liga VenetaLega Nord 329,966 17.8 -17.4 10 11
Forza Italia 110,573 6.0 -18.7 3 3
Independence We Veneto 49,929 2.7 +2.3 1 1
Brothers of Italy 48,163 2.6 new 1 1
Alessandra Moretti 503,147 22.7 1 Democratic Party 308,438 16.7 -3.6 8 9 12
Moretti President 70,764 3.8 new 2 2
Civic Veneto (incl. PSI, SC and IdV) 26,903 1.5 new 1 1
New Veneto (incl. SEL, FdV and SV) 20,282 1.1 new - -
Autonomous Veneto Project 6,242 0.3 +0.1 - -
Jacopo Berti 262,749 11.9 - Five Star Movement 192,630 10.4 +7.8 5 5 5
Flavio Tosi 262,569 11.9 - Tosi List for Veneto 105,836 5.7 new 3 3 5
Popular Area (incl. NCD and UdC) 37,937 2.0 -2.9 1 1
Il Veneto del Fare (Tosi List) 26,119 1.4 new 1 1
Pensioners' Party 14,625 0.8 new - -
North-East Union 11,173 0.6 -1.0 - -
Veneto Confederal State 3,487 0.2 new - -
Alessio Morosin 55,760 2.5 - Venetian Independence 46,578 2.5 +2.2 - - -
Laura Coletti 19,914 0.9 - The Other Veneto (incl. PRC) 13,997 0.8 -0.8 - - -
Total candidates 2,212,204 100.00 2 Total parties 1,851,005 100.00 = 49 51 51

Source: Regional Council of Veneto

Latest general election in Veneto[edit]

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

e • d 
Coalition leaders votes votes (%) seats Parties votes votes (%) seats
Silvio Berlusconi 935,404 31.8 12 The People of Freedom 549,692 18.7 7
Lega Nord 310,173 10.5 5
Brothers of Italy 44,383 1.5 -
Pensioners' Party 14,474 0.5 -
Others 16,682 0.5 -
Beppe Grillo 775,862 26.3 10 Five Star Movement 775,862 26.3 10
Pier Luigi Bersani 686,970 23.3 24 Democratic Party 628,384 21.3 22
Left Ecology Freedom 53,043 1.8 2
Others 5,543 0.2 -
Mario Monti 349,353 11.9 5 Civic Choice 296,920 10.1 4
Union of the Centre 44,622 1.5 1
Others 7,811 0.3 -
Oscar Giannino 67,082 2.3 - Act to Stop the Decline 67,082 2.3 -
Antonio Ingroia 39,608 1.3 - Civil Revolution 39,608 1.3 -
Lodovico Pizzati 33,274 1.1 - Venetian Independence 33,274 1.1 -
Fabrizio Comencini 15,838 0.5 - Liga Veneta Repubblica 15,838 0.5 -
Others 41,318 1.4 - Others 41,318 1.4 -
Total coalitions 2,944,710 100.0 51 Total parties 2,944,710 100.0 51

Source: Regional Council of Veneto


e • d 
Coalition leaders votes votes (%) seats Parties votes votes (%) seats
Silvio Berlusconi 895,425 32.8 14 The People of Freedom 523,029 19.2 9
Lega Nord 298,412 11.0 5
Brothers of Italy 38,511 1.4 -
Pensioners' Party 20,631 0.8 -
Others 14,842 0.5 -
Pier Luigi Bersani 681,501 25.0 4 Democratic Party 633,311 23.2 4
Left Ecology Freedom 42,635 1.6 -
Others 5,555 0.2 -
Beppe Grillo 670,089 24.6 4 Five Star Movement 670,089 24.6 4
Mario Monti 299,906 11.0 2 With Monti for Italy 299,906 11.0 2
Oscar Giannino 50,497 1.9 - Act to Stop the Decline 50,497 1.9 -
Lodovico Pizzati 29,696 1.1 - Venetian Independence 29,696 1.1 -
Antonio Ingroia 27,576 1.0 - Civil Revolution 27,576 1.0 -
Fabrizio Comencini 20,381 0.7 - Liga Veneta Repubblica 20,381 0.7 -
Others 48,953 1.8 - Others 48,953 1.8 -
Total coalitions 2,724,024 100.0 24 Total parties 2,724,024 100.0 24

Source: Regional Council of Veneto



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