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National Association of Italian Municipalities
[23-02-2011]

 
Growing with the Nation
 
The National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) was set up in 1901 and its defining characteristics are set out in its statute: responsibility towards the communities administered; autonomy from governments and political parties; unity for the protection and development of municipal communities; solidarity between institutions regardless of any political, geographical or numerical distinction.
The written rules of ANCI and its day-to-day activities reflect these principles.
 
With the arrival of fascism, the authoritarian concept of the state did not tolerate the principles of freedom, autonomy and participation espoused by ANCI. The replacement of the freely elected mayors first with fascist commissaries and, later with Podestas, was the beginning of a process that culminated in the dissolution of the Association.
Reuniting at the Campidoglio in Rome in September 1946, the mayors, together and united, reconstituted the National Association of Italian Municipalities.
 
There has been no democratic achievement in Italy to which ANCI has not contributed. There has been no national tragedy to which ANCI has not responded.
During the difficult times of political struggle in the last century, ANCI’s management—regardless of their generation or political colour—made the four inherited principles of responsibility, autonomy, unity and solidarity their watchwords.
 
In 2004 ANCI received a gold medal for civil merit from the Italian President, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
With a century of achievements, and a membership which now includes almost every municipality in Italy, representing over 90% of the population, ANCI is deeply rooted in the social, geographic and cultural fabric of Italy.
 
Tasks
 
The fundamental aim of ANCI’s activities is to represent and safeguard the municipalities’ interests, lobbying parliament, the government, regions, and Italian public administration and EU bodies.
 
Specifically, ANCI:
·          participates, through its own representatives, in every institutional office where decisions concerning the interests of local authorities are taken
·          provides consultancy to municipalities, directly or through agreements or conventions
·          participates, as an employer, in the Italian Agency for Contractual Representation in the Public Sector (ARAN) in relation to the national labour contract for public employees
·          promotes studies and research on issues that affect municipalities and metropolitan cities, steering its own capacity to anticipate trends, changes and new critical situations in the public sector
·          facilitates initiatives to disseminate knowledge of institutions, to improve civic education and to encourage the participation of citizens in municipal life
·          encourages and co-ordinates the activities of ANCI members in the fields of international relations and co-operation.
 
International Relations

In a global situation where Local Authorities have an ever-increasing international role, ANCI has consolidated its action in support of the associated municipalities and their interests. In this process ANCI, an Italian association representing over 7.100 municipalities, promotes collaboration and co-operation with similar foreign organisations, encouraging the exchange of information and experience on issues such as local development and governance. The Department for EU Policy & International Projects promotes integrates and co-ordinates ANCI’s international activities, providing the following services to the Association and its members:
  • Support in all European and international programmes involving the Association
  • Supply of information and support for the preparation of proposals and projects aiming at participation in international initiatives
  • Representation of Local Authorities’ interests and concerns to international bodies and institutions
  • Data collection and documentation on international issues
  • Organization of meetings, in Italy and abroad, with foreign representatives of Local Authorities and members of international institutions
  • Co-ordination with other Association Departments in matters of international interest
  • Collaboration with similar bodies to defend and promote the growth of Local Authorities’ interests
  • Establishment of a network of scientific and cultural relations to strengthen the know-how of Municipal Administrations and to foster the “culture” of internationalisation and co-operation
  • Definition of “framework and collaboration agreements” with similar foreign associations, Italian institutions and ministries – in particular with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs – in order to promote an increasingly active involvement of municipalities in Italian international policy.
The Department for Decentralised Co-operation, collaborates with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Infrastructures and Transport (Program INTERREG), regions, provinces, NGOs and with several international organizations to support international cooperation carried out by Italian municipalities. In particular, the Co-operation Office:
  • promotes the training of Local Authority staff in co-operation, solidarity and in the operative and project-design procedures necessary for implementing initiatives and programmes
  • takes part in institutional boards for the definition of guidelines for co-operation programmes
  • represents the views and concerns of municipalities to the main Italian NGOs and civil society associations
  • promotes the strengthening of Municipal Associations in emerging countries, the exchange of experience and the identification of good practices
  • informs the associated municipalities on international opportunities
  • promotes the development co-operation of Italian municipalities within the European Union and to international organisations
  • supports the establishment of thematic or geographical networks aimed at improving co-ordination between municipalities.
National Association of Italian Municipalities
Via de’ Prefetti 46 – 00186 - Roma, Italia
info.internazionali@anci.it
Tel (+39) 06.6800.9306 / 9229 Fax (+39) 06.6800.9266

Department for Decentralised Co-operation
Simonetta PAGANINI paganini@anci.it
(+39) 06.6800.9306

Department for EU Policy & International Projects
Victor MAGIAR magiar@anci.it
(+39) 06.6800.9229
 
Bodies
 
·    Every year, the General Assembly of the Members, in which all affiliated Municipalities take part, sets out the political directives and the programme of general activities, and also votes on any motion to modify the Statute of the association.
·    Every five years, in the six months after the Italian local elections, the General Assembly is convened as Congressional Assembly to elect the President and the National Council of ANCI.
·    The President is the legal representative at all times and under all circumstances.
·    The National Council debates and proposes motions, elects the Executive Committee and the Board of Auditors, appoints the Secretary General, defines the programme of activities for the year, approves the budget, convenes the General Assembly of Members and the Congressional Assembly.
·    The Executive Committee carries out ordinary administration.
·    The Secretary General supervises the running of the association and keeps track of the decisions taken by the association’s bodies.
 

The ANCI System
 
ANCI’s activities and political autonomy are guaranteed by the system of membership fees. Part of this income goes to the 20 Regional Associations, which have statutory autonomy.
 
Together with the Fondazione IFEL (Foundation for Local Authority Funding), COMUNICARE (communication & events)and ANCITEL (technological innovation), ANCI provides consultancy, training, information, technical and organisational assistance, IT support, studies and research programmes. Moreover ANCI is a partner in FORMEZ (a state-owned company for public-sector training).
 
For its international activities, ANCI uses:
in Rome,
the Department for Decentralised Co-operation and the Department for EU Policy & International Projects, which assist municipalities in their international and co-operation activities - www.anci.it
 
in Brussels,
sharing the office with UPI (Union of Italian Provinces), the Anci research foundation CITTALIA supports the activity of the Italian urban delegation to the Committee of the Regions. CITTALIA focuses on the main EU issues related to the goals and tasks of local authorities, and cooperates with major European networks of cities and towns. - http://bruxelles.cittalia.com/
 
in Tunis,
an agency for the local authorities and municipalities of Europe and the southern Mediterranean shore, with the aim of constituting a Permanent Conference of Local Authorities in the Mediterranean Area –
 
Anci Migration and Equal Opportunities Office


The Migration and Equal Opportunities Office is part of the Welfare Area which includes also the Department of Social Politics and the School and Education Office.

Established in 2000, ANCI Migration and Equal Opportunities Office focuses, assesses and addresses the priorities of Italian Municipalities in the fields of migration policy and protection of refugees and unaccompanied foreign minors. Via the establishment of inter-institutional relationships, ANCI fosters national debate on this field, with the purpose of improving the assistance supplied to foreign citizens by national and local authorities. In particular, by means of its Migration Commission, ANCI encourages the definition of a common position of Municipalities and promotes networks and opportunities for collaborating and implementing innovative practices on crucial issues such as reception, integration, participation and citizenship. According to such organizational model, ANCI leads the System of Protection for Asylum Seekers and Refugees – SPRAR, and the National Programme for the protection of unaccompanied minors, which entails the creation of two decentralized national networks of Municipalities for reception and integration, one for asylum seekers and refugees and the other one for unaccompanied foreign minors.

On the other hand, by means of its Equal Opportunities Commission, the Office coordinates local authorities in the settlement of their priorities and operative strategies on issues such as women representation in local administrations, reconciliation of professional and family life, gender-based violence and stalking. The Office is also active in the protection against trafficking, by leading the National Coordination of local Entities against trafficking.

Within this framework of reference, the Office also promotes, coordinates and manages European programmes and funds.


ANCI Migration and Equal Opportunities Office

Via dei Prefetti, 46 - 00186 Roma
Phone +39 06 68009225
Fax. +39 06 68009266
e-mail immigrazione@anci.it

 




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