On 10 January 2013 a delegation of the movement Indipendenza Veneta is in Brussels to hand deliver 30 thousand signatures for a petition to the European Parliament to secure international monitoring. The Regional Council of Veneto passed in November 2012 a Resolution expressing the intent of calling a referendum on self determination.
The research institute MPS Marketing of Bergamo has released yesterday the results of a scientific poll asking what Venetians would vote in a referendum to make the Veneto Region an independent state. Last January the same poll indicated 53.3% in favor of independence. This January, the percentage in favor of creating a new Venetian Republic increased to 56.7%.
“The poll indicates an increase throughout Veneto with peaks of 65% in the mountainous provinces of Belluno and Vicenza” commented Lodovico Pizzati, leader of the movement Indipendenza Veneta. “The call for independence comprises all social groups, and it is striking to notice that the greatest increase from last year involved the electorate of center-left, while already three out of four center-right voters are in favor of complete political independence.”
The popular demand for secession has obtained full institutional backing. On 28 november 2012, 29 out of 36 council members in Veneto Region’s Assembly have approved an historic Resolution that indicates all the legal arguments in favor of unilateral independence based on international law, and that commits the Regional President, Luca Zaia, to urgently engage the European Union and the United Nations in order to secure international monitoring on a referendum on independence of Veneto.
After passing this historic resolution, in the months of November and December, the movement Indipendenza Veneta has gathered 30 thousand signatures in support of a petition to the European Parliament to engage the European community to respect international treaties that call for international support of a people’s right to self-determination. On Thursday, 10 January 2013, a Venetian delegation will meet in Brussels at 3.30pm with the Commission on Petitions of the European Parliament in order to present the 30 thousand signatures together with the legal documentation required.
“It is entirely possible to have a referendum on Venetian independence in 2013, one year before Catalonia and Scotland” stated Prof. Pizzati, also an economist at University of Venice. “The percentage of support for secession is the greatest in all Europe because the crisis is hitting this area particularly hard. We have the political consensus to do it, and on 16 of February a referendum law will be presented to the Regional Assembly. If approved, Venetians will have a chance to vote for the rebirth of the Venetian Republic.”