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Members of the Regional Council of Veneto, 2005–10

This article is about the composition of the Regional Council of Veneto, the legislative assembly of Veneto, during the VIII Legislature, thus the term started in April 2005, following the 2005 regional election, and concluded in April 2010. Of the 60 members 47 were elected in provincial constituencies with proportional representation with a further 12 returned from the so-called "regional list" of the elected President, including the President himself, and the candidate for President who came second.[1]

Marino Finozzi (Liga Veneta) was President of the Council for the whole term, while Giancarlo Galan (Forza Italia) served as President of the Region at the head of his third government.


Thirteen parties were represented in the Council at the beginning of the term. They became fourteen when Massimo Carraro, the defeated candidate for President of the centre-left, resigned and was replaced by a regional deputy elected from the list of Italy of Values, thanks to an obscure clause of the electoral law.

The single largest party in the Council was Forza Italia, followed by Liga Veneta until February 2007, when the members of Democracy is Freedom – Daisy (7 regional deputies) and the Democrats of the Left (5 regional deputies) formed a joint-group, the "Olive Tree – Venetian Democratic Party", named after the future Italian Democratic Party, which was founded later in October. It was the first time in Italy that the name of the future party was used in an institutional contest.

Strength of political groups

Distribution of Seats in the Regional Council
Political Group Leader 2005 2010
Forza Italia Remo Sernagiotto 16 16
The Olive Tree – Venetian Democratic Party Giovanni Gallo - 12
Liga VenetaLega Nord Franco Manzato/
Roberto Ciambetti
11 10
National Alliance Piergiorgio Cortelazzo 6 6
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats Onorio De Boni 5 4
Italy of Values Damiano Rossato - 2
North-East Project Mariangelo Foggiato 2 1
For Veneto with Carraro Marco Zabotti 2 1
Communist Refoundation Party Pietrangelo Pettenò 1 1
Federation of the Greens Gianfranco Bettin 1 1
New Italian Socialist Party Nereo Laroni 1 1
Party of Italian Communists Nicola Atalmi 1 1
Veneto for the European People's Party Raffaele Grazia - 1
Venetian Agreement Carlo Covi - 1
Venetian People's Movement Francesco Piccolo - 1
Forum of the Venetians Diego Cancian - 1
Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy Achille Variati 7 -
Democrats of the Left Giovanni Gallo 5 -
Italian Democratic Socialists Carlo Covi 1 -
United for Carraro Massimo Carraro 1 -

Sources: Regional Council of Veneto – Members

Members by party of election

Forza Italia

Liga Veneta–Lega Nord

Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy

(The group was merged into "The Olive Tree – Venetian Democratic Party")

National Alliance

Union of Christian and Centre Democrats

  • Iles Braghetto (installed on 14 September 2006, resigned on 10 October 2006)
  • Onorio De Boni
  • Antonio De Poli (resigned on 20 July 2006)
  • Flavio Frasson (installed on 25 October 2006)
  • Francesco Piccolo (switched to the "Venetian People's Movement")
  • Flavio Silvestrin
  • Stefano Valdegamberi

Democrats of the Left

(The group was merged into "The Olive Tree – Venetian Democratic Party")

  • Carlo Alberto Azzi
  • Franco Bonfante
  • Giovanni Gallo
  • Giampietro Marchese
  • Claudio Rizzato (installed on 4 June 2008)
  • Luciano Tiozzo

North-East Project

For Veneto with Carraro

  • Andrea Causin (switched to "Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy")
  • Marco Zabotti

United for Carraro

Communist Refoundation Party

Federation of the Greens

New Italian Socialist Party

Italian Democratic Socialists

Party of Italian Communists

Italy of Values

  • Damiano Rossato (installed on 14 September 2006)


The regional election that produced the VIII Legislature took place on 3–4 April 2005. Giancarlo Galan (Forza Italia, House of Freedoms) was re-elected for the third time President of the Region, but the support for him was diminished by the presence of a third candidate, Giorgio Panto, who picked votes both from the centre-right camp and from the Ventist one, and of a fourth candidate of the far-right.

Forza Italia suffered a decline in term of votes and regional deputies, although remaining the largest party in the Council and also in the Region as a whole (the Olive Tree was only an electoral alliance at the time and the three parties which were part of it formed separate groups in the Council), while Venetist parties had a very good result: the combined score of Liga Veneta (14.7%), North-East Project (5.4%) and Liga Fronte Veneto (1.2%) was 21.3%, up from the 15.6% of 2000 (Liga Veneta 12.0%, Veneti d'Europa 2.4% and Fronte Marco Polo 1.2%.

e • d 
Candidates Regional lists Provincial lists Total
votes % seats Parties votes % swing seats party group
Giancarlo Galan 1,365,698 50.6 12 Forza Italia 523,176 22.7 -7.6 12 16 39
Liga VenetaLega Nord 337,535 14.7 +2.7 7 11
National Alliance 185,293 8.1 -1.7 4 6
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 147,790 6.4 +0.3 3 5
New Italian Socialist Party 32,454 1.4 +0.7 1 1
Massimo Carraro 1,144,358 42.4 1 The Olive Tree 560,407 24.3 -2.8 13
For Veneto with Carraro 107,014 4.6 new 2 2
Communist Refoundation Party 80,350 3.5 +0.6 1 1
Federation of the Greens 69,062 3.0 +0.7 1 1
Party of Italian Communists 34,782 1.5 +0.5 1 1
Italy of Values 29,570 1.3 new - -
Liga Fronte Veneto 27,481 1.2 -2.4 - -
Consumers' List 15,667 0.7 new - -
UDEUR Populars 6,246 0.3 new - -
Giorgio Panto 162,037 6.0 - North-East Project 125,417 5.4 new - 2 2
Roberto Bussinello 28,649 1.1 - Social Alternative 20,426 0.9 new -
Total candidates 2,688,717 100.0 13 Total parties 2,306,814 100.0 = 47 60 60
Source: Regional Council of Veneto


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