Association of Italians of Romania


The Association of Italians of Romania – RO.AS.IT. (Romanian: Asociația Italienilor din România – RO.AS.IT.; Italian: Associazione degli Italiani di Romania – RO.AS.IT.) is an ethnic minority political party in Romania representing the Italian community. The main objective of the organisation is to preserve the traditions and customs of the Italian community and promote the Italian language, culture and history. It is supported by the Department of Interethnic Relations and the Italian Embassy in Bucharest. In 2014 it joined the European Democratic Party.

Association of Italians of Romania - RO.AS.IT.

Asociația Italienilor din România
Associazione degli Italiani di Romania
PresidentIoana Grosaru
General SecretaryAndi Gabriel Grosaru
Founded1993
NewspaperPiazza Romana
Siamo de Nuovo Insieme
IdeologyItalian minority politics
European affiliationEuropean Democratic Party
Chamber of Deputies
1 / 329
Senate
0 / 136
European Parliament
0 / 32
Website
www.roasit.ro/

History


The party was established in 1993 in Suceava, Suceava County, Bukovina.[1] It contested the 1996 general elections, but was beaten by the Italian Community of Romania (CIR), which retained the seat reserved for the Italian community in the Chamber of Deputies under the electoral law allowing political parties representing ethnic minority groups to be exempt from the electoral threshold only applied as long as they received 10% of the vote required for a single seat in the Chamber of Deputies.[2][3]

The party contested the 2000 elections as part of the Italian Community of Romania,[4] but ran separately in the 2004 elections and beat the CIR by 987 votes to win the Italian seat, with Mircea Grosaru becoming the party's MP. It has retained it in every election since. Following Grosaru's death in 2014, his son Andi-Gabriel became the party's MP.

Electoral history


Election Chamber of Deputies Senate
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
19969,8330.080
2000Part of the Italian Community of Romania
20046,1680.061
20089,5670.141
20127,9430.111
20163,4860.051
20204,1700.071

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