Vincenzo Carrozzino, candidate for deputy in the Italian Parliament: “These elections are very important due to the recent reduction of representatives abroad”

Vincenzo Carrozzino

On the occasion of the next elections to be held on September 25 in Italy, but in relation to the Italian vote in the South America District, which is already underway via postal mail, Infobae spoke with the Vincenzo Carrozzino, candidate for Deputy in the Italian Parliament for the Unione Sudamericana Emigratti Italiani (USEI).

-Carrozzino, could you explain to us how the Italian electoral system works by which Italian citizens residing abroad are allowed to elect their representatives?

Italy is a Parliamentary Republic, the function of legislating and forming a government falls to the Parliament made up of two chambers, the Chamber of Deputies, elected by universal suffrage by all Italian citizens (even if they reside abroad, as long as they are registered to AIRE-), who enjoy political rights, and the chamber of senators, elected on a regional basis, who are also elected abroad by “ripartizioni” North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. In South America, Italian nationals residing in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile participate. In this month of September, parliamentary elections will be held, not only in Italy, but also in the constituency of South America, where two deputies and one senator will vote to represent Italian nationals residing abroad. In this constituency, voting is done through the mail-in voting system. An envelope will be received at the address that will contain the list with the party symbols. There the voter must put a cross on the chosen party symbol and express your vote of preference next to it with the name and surname of the elected candidate. The vote is personal and equal for all, free and secret. Voted ballots must be re-entered in the envelope and mailed back to the Consulate General.

-Why do you think it is important for Italians residing abroad to exercise the right to vote?

These 2022 elections are very important for Italians living abroad in view of the recent reduction in the number of parliamentarians and the unfavorable winds that are blowing in Italy for the vote of Italians abroad. Citizens have to actively participate with their vote, they must be interested in politics, because there is a risk, in the future, that the political right that was obtained after so many years is in danger of disappearing. The reduction of the parliamentarians elected abroad from 18 to 12 may be the first sign. For my part, I maintain that Italy has the obligation not only to maintain parliamentary representation but also to integrate Italians who live outside their land, who, far from being excluded, must together form a true community of Italians.

-What is your position on the recent discussions regarding the recognition of iure sanguinis citizenship for those born before 1948 and on women who have lost their Italian citizenship.

It is not a minor issue, in this sense, some political parties have raised the recognition of citizenship as a priority jus soli either jus school; such a position is untenable and a serious setback that results in great injustice for the millions of Italian citizens living abroad. These discussions can no longer be tolerated in Parliament, and it is the first issue to be defended by those who are finally elected. In South America, approximately 1,300,000 people are able to exercise their political right to vote, which is a number that is no less. For this reason, it must be attended to and faithfully represented in the Government, and parliament is the mechanism authorized to carry out its claims and defend the rights already acquired.

-You are running as a candidate for the Chamber of Deputies in the Italian Parliament for the Foreign Constituency. What were the reasons that led you to run for the position? Do you have legislative experience in Parliament?

There are several reasons, first of all, because I know the problems that afflict the Italian community. Here, my ancestors have arrived in the Argentine Republic escaping from the war, here my son was born. And I am concerned about the problems they face so far from their Italy, without his voice being echoed in parliament. I also know Italian politics, I am a lawyer, I was mayor of the Belvedere Marittimo commune, president of the communal council and I am a legal adviser in the parliament in Rome. I am convinced that politics, well exercised, seriously and responsibly, is the mechanism capable of combating the inequalities suffered by Italians residing abroad in relation to those who have their residence in Italy. Politics is the means to solve these problems.

Academic training, political experience and legislative management are the variables that must find their reflection in the voting decision. The elected candidate must not only know the realities and sufferings of the compatriots, but must also necessarily have knowledge of the parliamentary mechanisms to carry out his proposals in parliament.

-In short, could you tell us what are the programmatic aspects of your platform and what do you hope to give to Italians residing in Argentina?

In the first place, the community of Italians residing abroad must find equality in relation to the Italian resident in Italy, in all social, economic, administrative, commercial, industrial and cultural aspects in order to broaden the social development of Italianity and guarantee the stability of future generations.

The constitution of the Republic of Italy states that “all citizens have equal social dignity and are equal before the law… It is the duty of the Republic to remove the obstacles that limit or prevent the enjoyment of civil rights”.

The first element to attend to is the right of easy access to the acquisition of citizenship by those who have the right to it. I know that many times those Italian citizens or those who aspire to be, are discouraged by the bureaucratic obstacles that they find in their way. This is an undeniable and unsustainable reality. It is necessary to make more flexible and facilitate access to each and every one of the procedures that depend on the Italian State, and this should be the most important goal to bring to Parliament (citizenship, passport, etc).

Another relevant issue that should not be neglected are young people and the elderly. Both stages of life need the assistance of the Italian State and it is known that, currently, it is undermined by difficulties. The elderly must preserve the purchasing value of their retirement, receive protection against fluctuations in the exchange rate of the countries where they reside; and, those who are in a situation of vulnerability, must receive priority treatment with the Italian State taking charge of their situation and medical assistance.

Young people must be guaranteed a future with equal opportunities for employment and education, especially university education, as those enjoyed by young people living in Italy. For our young Italians, the acquisition of citizenship implies not only equal rights with young people born in Italian territory, but also a gateway to the whole of Europe and thus the possibility of enjoying the rights of European citizenship, in accordance with which and according to the wording of the Maastricht Treaty (TUE), the rights of being a citizen of the European Union. And, beyond the points of the electoral program of the party to which I belong, it is also important to highlight that there are de facto situations that reflect a clear forgetfulness of the compatriots who reside in South America. Several examples have been presented in decisions that have recently been adopted in Italy and that should be reviewed and subsequently reversed, among which is the questionable decision adopted by the president of the Region of Calabria who has signed an agreement with Cuba for the provision 500 doctors to the health system. I wonder if it would not have been preferable to convene 500 Latin American doctors of Italian descent. These are the questions that need to be changed, to make understand not only the Italian parliamentarians but also all the governors, regional councillors, and other local authorities that, outside the national borders, in the whole world there is another Italy that needs to be helped and at the same time wants to help.


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