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.
|General Secretary||Andi Gabriel Grosaru|
Siamo de Nuovo Insieme
|Ideology||Italian minority politics|
|European affiliation||European Democratic Party|
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The party was established in 1993 in Suceava, Suceava County, Bukovina. 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.
The party contested the 2000 elections as part of the Italian Community of Romania, 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.
|Election||Chamber of Deputies||Senate|
|2000||Part of the Italian Community of Romania||–||–||–|
- Association Archived 2015-02-02 at the Wayback Machine Association of Italians of Romania
- 1996 Parliamentary Elections: Chamber of Deputies Archived 2011-06-14 at the Wayback Machine University of Essex
- Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1585 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
- Case of Grosaru v. Romania, no. 78039/01, ECtHR (Third Section), Judgment (Merits and Just Satisfaction) of 02.03.2010, Reports of Judgments and Decisions 2010 Eurocases