Valdostan Union

Valdostan Union
Union Valdôtaine
President Ennio Pastoret
Founded 13 September 1945
Headquarters 29, avenue des maquisards
11100 Aosta
Newspaper Le Peuple Valdôtain
Youth wing Jeunesse Valdôtaine
Ideology Regionalism[1]
Political position Centre[1]
National affiliation Aosta Valley coalition
European affiliation none
International affiliation none
European Parliament group no MEPs
Chamber of Deputies
0 / 630
1 / 315
European Parliament
0 / 73
Council of the Valley
11 / 35
Regional Government
1 / 20

The Valdostan Union,[2][3] also Valdostian Union[4][5] or Valdotanian Union,[6] (French: Union Valdôtaine, UV) is a regionalist[7] and centrist[6] political party in Aosta Valley, Italy. It respresents mainly the French-speaking minority in the Region and its leaders are Ennio Pastoret, party president, and Augusto Rollandin, President of Aosta Valley.

UV has been steadily represented in the Italian Parliament since 1976 and, due to the disappearance of Christian Democracy in the early 1990s, it has become the catch-all party of the Region, similarly to the South Tyrolean People's Party in South Tyrol. Indeed, the party steadily increased its share of vote from the 11.5% of 1973 to the 47.2% of 2003, but has since decreased its share of vote. UV has led the regional government since 1974 (with the exception of only three years).


Early years

The party was founded on 3 September 1945. Originally a close ally of Christian Democracy, with which it shared government between 1946 and 1954, it soon distanced itself from that party, while approaching the left-wing.[6]

After five years of opposition, in 1959 UV won the regional election in coalition with the Italian Communist Party (PCI) and the Italian Socialist Party (PSI) with 51.6% against the 48.6% of a coalition composed of the Christian Democracy (DC), the Italian Liberal Party (PLI), the Italian Democratic Socialist Party (PSDI) and the Italian Republican Party (PRI).

The three-party coalition composed of UV, PCI and PSI governed until 1966, when the Socialists decided to switch sides and to enter in coalition with DC, as they had done at the national level three years before. This caused the split from UV of its conservative faction, which established the Valdostan Rally (RV), in order to support the coalition led by Christian Democrat Cesare Bondaz. In 1968n UV won only 16.7% of the vote (RV got 5.4%), while in 1973, after the split of the social-democratic faction, the Progressive Valdostan Union (UPV), UV stopped at 11.5%, damaged both by the result of UPV (6.7%) and RV (1.6%), as well as by the success of the Popular Democrats (22.4%), born by the split from DC of the internal left.


UV returned to government in 1974 at the head of a regionalist coalition led by Mario Andrione and including UPV and RV (and, since 1975, DC and PSI). In 1978, after a regional election in which UV had become the largest party in the Region with 24.7%, DP, PSDI and PRI replaced PSI as coalition partners of UV, DC, UPV and RV.

In 1984 Andrione was replaced by Augusto Rollandin at the head of the government, which was composed by UV, DC, DP, UPV and PRI from 1983 to 1988. In the 1980s UV strengthened its role as largest party in the Region: 27.1% in 1983 and 34.2% in 1988. After the 1988 election, Rollandin governed at the head of a coalition composed of UV, DC, PSI, PRI and the Progressive Democratic Autonomists (ADP), born by the merger of DP and UVP.

After having been excluded from government for two years and from the leadership of the Region for three years, UV was back in government in 1993, at the head of a centre-left coalition led by Dino Viérin and composed of UV, the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS), the Greens, ADP, PSI and PRI. The coalition was continued in 1998–2006 by UV and the Democrats of the Left (DS). Despite its close ties with the parties of the centre-left, UV contested the 2006 general election in competition with The Union (rallied in the Autonomy Liberty Democracy list), as part of the regionalist coalition named Aosta Valley, causing the split of the Valdostan Renewal (RV), but it lost and since then the party was no more represented in the Italian Parliament. This was however a turning point in regional politics since UV dismissed DS as its coalition partner and formed a regionalist three-party coalition with Edelweiss (SA) and the Autonomist Federation (FA).

The regionalist coalition

In the 2008 general election UV member Antonio Fosson was elected to the Senate for the regionalist coalition, defeating incumbent Carlo Perrin (41.4% against 37.4%), but was not able to take back also the seat in the Chamber of Deputies as Ego Perron was narrowly defeated by incumbent Roberto Nicco, member of the regional Democratic Party (37.8% against 39.1%). Senator Fosson, who had abstained from the vote of confidence on Berlusconi IV Cabinet,[8] joined a centrist group composed of the South Tyrolean People's Party, the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (three senators, all coming from Sicily), one senator of the Associative Movement Italians Abroad and three senators for life (Giulio Andreotti, Francesco Cossiga and Emilio Colombo).

In the 2008 regional election UV won 44.4% of the vote and 17 regional deputies (out of 35), while the three-party regionalist coalition won 62.0% and a large majority, composed of 22 regional deputies. Augusto Rollandin was the most voted regional councillor with 13,836 preference votes, while incumbent President Luciano Caveri was only seventh with 2,770 votes (down from 7,313) and party leader Guido Césal 25th thus failing the re-election.[9] Rollandin was sworn in as new President of the Region.[10]

In November 2008 Ego Perron was elected new president of the party, after the debacle of Césal in the regional election.[11]

In both the 2009 European Parliament election and the 2010 Aosta municipal election UV formed an alliance with The People of Freedom (PdL).[12]

In the 2013 general election UV's Albert Lanièce was elected to the Senate[13] and joined the "Autonomies" group.[14]

In the 2013 regional election UV obtained 33.5% of the vote (–10.9% from 2008) and 13 seats, and the regionalist coalition retained a narrow majority in the Regional Council.[15] Rollandin was the most voted politician in the Region with 10,872 preference votes (2,964 less than five years before)[16] and was re-elected President. In July 2015 the regional government was enlarged to the centre-left Democratic Party (PD).[17] In June 2016, after months of negotiations, the government was joined also by the UVP,[18][19] which was headed toward a full-scope réunion with the UV. Both the PD and the UVP had been part of the alternative ALD coalition up to then. In November 2016 two regional councillors, including former senator Fosson, left the party in disagreement with President Rollandin and launched For Our Valley (PNV),[20] which was immediately admitted into the coalition supporting the regional government,[21] while forming a strong partnership with the UVP and SA.[22]

Electoral results

Regional Council

Regional Council of Aosta Valley
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
1949 17,118[23] 43.6
28 / 35
1954 16,278 29.2
1 / 35
Decrease 27
1959 16,278[24] 51.4
25 / 35
Increase 24
1963 12,930 20.4
7 / 35
Decrease 18
1968 11,237 16.7
6 / 35
Decrease 1
1973 8,081 11.6
4 / 35
Decrease 2
1978 18,318 24.8
9 / 35
Increase 5
1983 20,495 27.1
9 / 35
1988 26,960 34.2
12 / 35
Increase 3
1993 30,312 37.3
13 / 35
Increase 1
1998 33,311 42.6
17 / 35
Increase 4
2003 35,297 47.2
18 / 35
Increase 1
2008 32,614 44.4
17 / 35
Decrease 1
2013 24,121 33.5
13 / 35
Decrease 4



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  10. Aosta, torna l'Imperatore -
  11. "12vda | news dalla Valle d'Aosta" (in Italian). Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  23. In list with the Christian Democracy
  24. In list with the Italian Communist Party and the Italian Socialist Party.


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