Union for Trentino

Union for Trentino
Unione per il Trentino
Secretary Tiziano Mellarini
President Fabio Pipinato
Founder Lorenzo Dellai
Founded 7 June 2008
Preceded by Daisy Civic List
Headquarters via Lunelli, 64
38100 Trento
Newspaper none
Membership  (2014) 2,800[1]
Ideology Regionalism[2]
Christian democracy[2]
Social conservatism[3]
National affiliation Alliance for Italy (2009–12)
Civic Choice (2012–13)
Populars for Italy (2013–14)
Solidary Democracy (2014–16)
European affiliation none
International affiliation none
European Parliament group no MEPs
Chamber of Deputies
1 / 630
1 / 319
European Parliament
0 / 73
Provincial Council
5 / 35

The Union for Trentino (Italian: Unione per il Trentino, UpT) is a regionalist and Christian-democratic political party active in Trentino, Italy. The party has its roots in the experience of Daisy Civic List and was founded on 7 June 2008.


Background and foundation

Main article: Daisy Civic List

In the run-up of the 1998 provincial election Lorenzo Dellai formed the Daisy Civic List in order to unite Trentino centrists affiliated with the centre-left into a single political force. In 2000 Francesco Rutelli took the Daisy as an example when he launched Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy (DL) at the national level. The Daisy Civic List thus became the provincial section of DL. In 2007 DL merged with the Democrats of the Left in order to form the Democratic Party (PD).

After the defeat of the centre-left in Trentino in the 2008 general election,[4] the Daisy was divided among those who wanted to continue on the road toward the consolidation of the regionalist party and those who wanted to establish the provincial section of the PD.[5][6][7] The Daisy thus suffered the separation of the "Democrats" from the "regionalists".[8] Lunelli, supported by Dellai, former senator Mauro Betta and eight provincial deputies out of twelve, decided to take part to the foundation of the regionalist party, while senator Claudio Molinari and deputy Letizia De Torre chose to join the PD.[9]

The new regionalist party, named Union for Trentino, was launched on 7 June,[10][11] while the provincial PD was established on 8 June with the primary election for the first provincial secretary: Alberto Pacher.[12] On 15 July Marco Tanas, a 35-year-old former Socialist, and Flavia Fontana were elected secretary and president of the UpT, respectively.[13]

Dellai's third term as President

In the 2008 provincial election Dellai was re-elected President of the Province. The UpT gained 17.9% of the vote (making it the coalition's and the region's second largest party) anand six seats, plus Dellai's, in the Provincial Council.[14]

In the autumn of 2009 the UpT started playing an active role at the national level. On 11 December Dellai was a founding member of Alliance for Italy, which emerged mainly as a centrist split from the PD, along with Francesco Rutelli, Linda Lanzillotta, Bruno Tabacci and Elvio Ubaldi.[15] Dellai was appointed by Rutelli national coordinator of the new party.

While he was increasingly engaged at the national level, Dellai was also active in Trentino and within the framework of the Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino Euroregion. In an interview, he pressed forward toward a provincial federation with the Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party (PATT) and the local Union of the Centre (UdC), while he also hinted that the UpT would form a sister party both in South Tyrol and Tyrol. This project was called by Dellai the "Party of Trentino".[16]

Between 2010 and 2010 the UpT was led by Vittorio Fravezzi, a close ally of Dellai. In February 2012, during a party congress, Fontana was elected in his place by a large majority.[17][18] Despite this and the "silence" by Silvano Grisenti (a former regional minister, convicted for corruption and later acquitted, who had forced Fravezzi's replacement and controlled 40% of the party's membership), the UpT seemed far from being united.[19] During the congress, the goal of a "Party of Trentino" was confirmed, but this time the two parties which were invited to merge with the UpT were the PATT and the regional section of the Democratic Party (PD).[20][21]

Playing a role in the national stage

In late December 2012 Dellai resigned from President of Trentino[22] in order to take part to the foundation of Civic Choice (SC), a centrist party led by Mario Monti.[23][24] Dellai was one of the leading figures of the new party and the UpT threw its weight behind him in this effort.[25]

In the 2013 general election the UpT formed the core of the SC list for the Chamber of Deputies: the newly formed party won 19.6% in Trentino[26] and Dellai was elected deputy.[27] For the Senate the UpT formed an alliance with the PD and the PATT: the alliance won all three single-seat constituencies of Trentino and UpT's Fravezzi was elected senator in the constituency of Rovereto.[28] Dellai became floor leader of SC in the Chamber.[29]

In July the party suffered a setback in Trentino as its candidate in the centre-left primary election for President of Trentino, Mauro Gilmozzi, came third after the PATT's and the PD's candidates.[30] The party was thus not able to secure the succession of Dellai.

In the provincial election the UpT garnered 13.3%[31] and obtained 5 provincial councillors.[32] Trentino Project (PT), set up by former UpT bigwig Grisenti, won 9.0%.

In April 2014 the outsider Donatella Conzatti defeated Corrado Buratti,[33] outgoing president and candidate of the party's old guard, to become the party's secretary.[34][35]

At the national level, in November 2013 Dellai left SC and was a founding member of the Populars for Italy (PpI), which he subsequently left in July 2014 to form Solidary Democracy (Demo.S). In the 2014 European Parliament election the UpT endorsed Herbert Dorfmann, top candidate of the South Tyrolean People's Party.[36][37]

Dellai's return and defeat

In the run-up of the 2015 municipal election in Trento Dellai launched Democratic Civic Construction (CCD), intended to integrate a larger electorate than that of the UpT alone.[38] The list, which was approved by the provincial board of the party, despite Conzatti's opposition,[39] and could be intended as a move toward an integration of the UpT into the PD,[40] was the third largest in the election.[41] The list was present also in Dro, where senator Fravezzi was re-elected mayor by a landslide.[42]

In October Conzatti, who had lost the support of the party's majority, announced that the UpT would elect its new leadership during a congress in January 2016.[43]

In the run-up of the congress, two candidates announced their bid for secretary: Dellai, supported by the party's old guard, and Tiziano Mellarini, regional minister and standard-bearer of a diverse front including Conzatti, Gilmozzi, former senator Renzo Michelini,[44] all the pronvincial councillors and the municipal section of Trento; Dellai proposed a centre-left characterisation of the party, a closer relationship with the PD and a renewed alliance with the PATT, while Mellarini, a centrist, craved for an alliance with centrist parties, took inspiration from the European People's Party, would like the UpT to be equidistant from both the PD and the PATT.[45] During the congressional campaign, while re-affirming his allegiance to the "autonomist centre-left" coalition and denying any "neo-centrist turn", Mellarini made clear that the CCD should not become a party (its members should be active as UpT members) and that a dialogue with unaffiliated "civic" forces, possibly including PT, should be welcome; on the contrary, Dellai and his supporters explained that his bid was intended to "avoid the genetic modification of the party" and that CCD would continue anyawy.[46][47]

On congress' day Dellai retired from the race and hinted that he was leaving the party. Consequently, Mellarini was almost unanimously elected secretary.[48][49][50] He did not, however, officially accept his election as the office of secretary was incompatible with that of provincial minister, according to the party's constitution.[51][52] Mellarini's supporters, including outgoing secretary Conzatti, proposed to cancel that provision, through a vote by party members,[53][54] an option that was strongly opposed by Dellai's supporters.[55] In late February the party's board elected Paolo Pipinato, an ally of Mellarini, as president and decided to hold a referendum among party members on the incompatibility clause.[56][57][58][59] In early March the change to the party's constitution was approved[60][61] and Mellarini took over as secretary.[62][63]

Dellai and his allies, including senator Fravezzi, former senators Tarcisio Andreolli and Mauro Betta, and former secretary Fontana looked likely to leave the party,[64][65] but chose to stay,[66][67][68] while launching "Autonomy and Participation", which could well become a party at some point.[69]

Popular support

The electoral results of the UpT in Trentino since 2008 are shown in the table below.

2008 provincial2009 European2013 general2013 provincial2014 European



  1. Upt, la sfida Dellai-Mellarini fa volare gli iscritti - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  2. 1 2 3 Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  3. Per la segreteria Upt è sfida Buratti-Conzatti - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  4. Ministero dell'Interno - Elezioni della Camera dei Deputati Archived September 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. Alle Provinciali arriva il Pd Lunelli: "Sconfitta, colpa mia" | Trentino
  6. Pd, Pacher accelera "Subito le primarie" | Trentino
  7. La sindrome Illy attanaglia la Margherita | Trentino
  8. Pd, sarà il 15 giugno la data delle primarie | Trentino
  9. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2008.
  10. Civica Margherita del Trentino Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. l'Adige.it - Quotidiano Indipendente del Trentino Alto Adige
  12. Pd, boom di votanti Pacher vince col 70% | Trentino
  13. Unione, Dellai "incorona" Tanas | Trentino
  14. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 6, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2008.
  15. «Alleanza per l' Italia» Nasce il partito guidato da Rutelli
  16. Dellai chiude l'esperienza Upte lancia il Partito del Trentino - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  17. Upt, Fontana è il nuovo segretario - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  18. Upt, è Flavia Fontana il nuovo segretario | L'Adige Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. Sorpresa: dall'Upt sono spariti i «grisentiani» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  20. Notizia del 27.02.2012 | Unione per il Trentino Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  21. Notizia del 29.02.2012 | Unione per il Trentino Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. Notizia del 27.12.2012 | Unione per il Trentino Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  23. Notizia del 24.12.2012 | Unione per il Trentino Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  24. Notizia del 24.12.2012 | Unione per il Trentino Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  25. Il Trentino, laboratorio dell’alleanza dem-Monti | Europa Quotidiano
  26. http://elezioni.interno.it/camera/scrutini/20130224/C060830000.htm
  27. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 28, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  28. http://elezioni.interno.it/senato/scrutini/20130224/S040020000.htm
  29. Dellai eletto capogruppo di Scelta Civica alla Camera - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  30. http://www.corriere.it/politica/13_luglio_13/pd-primarie-trentino-rossi-in-testa_fa376650-ec05-11e2-8187-31118fc65ff2.shtml
  31. Elezioni 2013 - Provincia autonoma di Trento
  32. Elezioni 2013 - Provincia autonoma di Trento
  33. Congresso Upt, l’outsider Conzatti ci prova - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  34. La svolta dell’Upt Vince Conzatti - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  35. lavocedeltrentino.it - Donatella Conzatti è il nuovo segretario dell' UPT Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  36. Notizia del 02.05.2014 | Unione per il Trentino Archived June 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  37. Dellai: «Dico no ad Alfano sì al sostegno a Dorfmann» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  38. Dellai lancia il «Cantiere democratico» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  39. Conzatti in minoranza, via libera al Cantiere democratico di Dellai - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  40. lavocedeltrentino.it - Nasce Cantiere Civico Democratico: operai cercansi per Lorenzo Dellai
  41. Comune di Trento - Trentino-Alto Adige - Elezioni Comunali - 10 maggio 2015 - la Repubblica.it
  42. Comune di Drò - Trentino-Alto Adige - Elezioni Comunali - 10 maggio 2015 - la Repubblica.it
  43. Upt, congresso a gennaio Scontro su data e tessere - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  44. http://trentinocorrierealpi.gelocal.it/trento/cronaca/2016/03/15/news/anche-due-dellaiani-nella-segreteria-mellarini-1.13135108?ref=search
  45. Congresso Upt, è sfida Dellai-Mellarini - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  46. «La coalizione non si tocca ma il Cantiere non serve» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  47. Dellai perde Trento, spettro di scissione - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  48. Dellai ritira la candidatura, è rottura con l'Upt - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  49. Generale senza colonnelli Fine amara di un sodalizio - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  50. Mellarini segretario Ma Dellai lascia l’Upt - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  51. Mellarini, strada in salita Il nodo «incompatibilità» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  52. Ultimatum a Mellarini: decida entro 20 giorni - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  53. Upt, sì al cambio di statuto per «Mellarini segretario» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  54. Mellarini prende tempo Conzatti: «Faccia il leader» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  55. Upt, nessuna mediazione È muro contro muro - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  56. Upt, è rottura. Mellarini: non mi dimetto - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  57. lavocedeltrentino.it - No alla mediazione, Dellai fuori dall'UPT
  58. Upt: tra Mellarini e Dellai rottura definitiva, il presidente è Pipinato | l'Adige.it
  59. Upt, oggi la modifica pro Mellarini. Ma Dellai non lascia - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  60. lavocedeltrentino.it - Mellarini assume incarico: «L'UPT ha cambiato passo. Prende il volo»
  61. Mellarini sarà segretario-assessore - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  62. Oggi Mellarini diventerà segretario Upt - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  63. Mellarini: «Con Dellai rapporto rotto» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  64. «Ci hanno messo alla porta» Fravezzi: «Pagina nera» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  65. Upt, il divorzio è sempre più vicino - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  66. Dellaiani all’attacco: «Volevano rompere» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  67. Dellai: «Usurpatori, ma non ce ne andiamo» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  68. «I nuovi signori dell’Upt stanno occupando il partito» - Cronaca - Trentino Corriere Alpi
  69. http://trentinocorrierealpi.gelocal.it/trento/cronaca/2016/03/18/news/dellai-sfida-l-upt-di-mellarini-e-lancia-la-sua-nuova-creatura-1.13144580?ref=search
  70. The party took part to the election as part of Civic Choice.
  71. Share of vote of the South Tyrolean People's Party, which included a candidate of the Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party and was endorsed by the UpT.


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