Alahednews
english.alahednews.com.lb
Al-Ahed Telegram
Bahrain Crackdown: Friday Prayer Ban in Diraz Remains in Place N Korea Brands UN SG a «Henchman» of US UK Driving Licenses May No Longer Be Recognized In Europe after Brexit Egypt: School Sets a Real Fire to Start a Fire Drill! Indian Surgeons Remove Heaviest Brain Tumor! UN Wants Prosecutions for S Sudan War Crimes Florida School Shooting: WH Could Find Funds to Train, Arm 1m Teachers ’Israeli’, US Troops Gear Up For Joint 12-Day Juniper Cobra Drill Residents Welcome Pro-Gov’t Forces amid Turkish Op in Syria’s Afrin Syria: West Only Cares for Terrorists, Not Damascus Civilians #AbuMahdi: Haj #Mughniyeh Founded, Supported #Iraqi #Resistance Factions #AbuMahdi: Sayyed #Nasrallah Is Our #Symbol and #Voice #AbuMahdi: #Israel's Existence is Under Question Today Deputy Chairman of #PMU Speaks at Commemorative Ceremony for Haj #Imad #Mughniyeh #Facebook, #Instagram Down: #US, #Europe & #Asia Hit by Major Outage - Users #Kremlin: #Russia, Allies Not Responsible For Situation in #Syria's #Ghouta #Gaza: #Cyber Attack Downs Communication Networks, Bans nearby Settlements from Sending, Receiving Calls Court in #Bahrain sentences prominent activist #NabeelRajab to 5 years in prison over tweets #Erdogan: #Turkey will lay siege to #Syria's #Afrin in coming days Sayyed #Nasrallah: Minister Mohammed #Fneish will be in the next government and thus he is not among our #parliamentary candidates
Guestbook mailinglist.php arabic site french site spanish site facebook twitter rss page
News Categories » NEWS » Europe » Italy

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size  Print Page
Italy’s Veneto Passes Bill Defining Population as «Minority»
Local Editor

The regional council in the northern Italian region of Veneto approved a bill defining its population as a "minority." The move had already been dubbed "Venexit" and is widely seen as an additional step towards the region's independence from Rome.

Veneto

The bill, passed Tuesday evening, labels those hailing from Veneto as a "national minority," meaning its natives could define their ethnicity as Venetian, La Repubblica reported.

It would also mean that the Venetian language - a separate tongue, despite often being referred to as a dialect of Italian - would be taught in schools and used in public institutions and on road signs. Public officials would have to pass an exam in Venetian in order to take office. Although the language was officially recognized by Veneto's regional council in 2007, it is not currently recognized by the Italian state.

The bill could also pave the way for Veneto's independence, with La Repubblica and other media already referring to the bill's passage as 'Venexit,' after Britain's historic Brexit referendum, in which the country voted to leave the European Union.

"For us it's important because we want to be considered as something different from the rest of the Italian people, because our region produces more and more and they give more resources, more and more resources to Italy and they receive less and less resources from the state," Stefano Valdegamberi, deputy of the regional parliament of Venice said.

"Our people have a very long history, very important history, identity, and they want it to be recognized," he added.

Many of those in favor of Venetian independence argue that the region is weighed down by Italy's national debt, and claim the vote would protect and revive the region's culture. They had referenced the German and Italian regions of South Tyrol and Trento, natives of which are protected under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

However, the movement faces many hurdles, largely because there are doubts over whether it is constitutional. One of those reasons is because there is no clear definition of what constitutes the Venetian language, as the label is applied to dozens of languages spoken in different parts of the region.

Local representatives from the Democratic Party have described the bill as a "humiliation" for Venetians, saying they cannot be defined as a minority.

Most of those who voted against the bill - which passed with 27 votes in favor, 16 votes against, and five abstentions - were from the Democratic Party and the Five Star Movement. The majority of those in favor were from the Northern League party. It also received support from the Institute of the Venetian Language.

An unofficial online poll from 2014 showed that over 89 percent of Veneto's residents favored independence from the rest of the country. More than two million people took part in the survey, which had no legal power but aimed to gather support for a bill calling for a referendum.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

08-12-2016 | 11:17


Name
E-Mail
Comment Title
Comment
Human Verification


News Coverage

Related News

Search
To Top