Who we are -
Giovani is the youth organization of Forza Italia, the first Italian
party (about 30% nationwide) chaired by the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi. Since December
1999 Forza Italia is a full member of the European People's Party. We
contribute to the EPP Group in the European Parliament with 22 MEPs (including
the president of the Committee on culture and youth, a
vice president of the EPP Group, a vice president of the Parliament).
Giovani is constituted by all members of Forza Italia between 14 and
28 years old. The links between Forza Italia and FI Giovani are
close; the youth movement has full autonomy in its own structure
and political positions. FI Giovani follows the same principles as
Forza Italia, with special attention for youth politics, student
politics, and social activities. The structure presents the national
board, the national council (entitled to determine the political
line of the movement), the national guarantee committee, the
regional levels and the local branches. The national chairman
participates to the Presidency board of Forza Italia, the top
executive council of the party. The resources of FI Giovani come
from the party, and these are proportioned to the number of members
of the youth organization (around 90.000 this year).
FI Giovani is born
in 1996; the people involved in the construction of this
organization had to build a brand new structure nationwide, and this
phase has been as hard as interesting. Since January 1999, FI
Giovani celebrated the local and regional congresses, becoming a
full democratic organization; the internal election system is
transparent, and there is no proxy vote. We elected more than 1600
local representatives of the youth movement, and 288 regional
representatives. On December 11 - 12, 1999, we celebrated our first
National Congress: 248 delegates, elected in the regional congresses,
voted and elected our new Chairman, Simone Baldelli, the National
Board, the National Council and the National Guarantee Committee.
Our next Congress will be held in two years.