Connecticut Resident Elected to Italian Parliament

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Angela Fucsia Nissoli FitzGerald Will Serve in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome

"This is a great opportunity and responsibility given to me: to represent the Italian expatriate community of North and Central America in the Italian Parliament," said Ms. Nissoli FitzGerald

A Connecticut mother of three, Angela Fucsia Nissoli FitzGerald, was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome to represent the Italian expatriate community in North America (US, Mexico, Canada, and Central America). The Italian national elections were held on February 25, 2013. Twelve (12) deputies and six (6) senators were chosen to represent Italian citizens living abroad in the nation’s Parliament in Rome. Two (2) of those deputies and one (1) senator were elected to represent North America.

Ms. Nissoli FitzGerald, who is of Sicilian descent, was born in Bergamo, Italy and has been a resident of the United States for over 25 years. She ran on the “Scelta Civica per l‘Italia” platform, a political party organized for the election by Prime Minister Mario Monti, the economist and former European Union Commissioner for Competition. Deputy-elect Nissoli FitzGerald travelled throughout North America, meeting the estimated 250,000 Italian expatriates eligible to vote in the election.

Among the Deputy-elect’s platform positions that resonated with voters was her insistence on better services and treatment of Italians living abroad. Ms. Nissoli FitzGerald argued for a more efficient path to Italian citizenship for children of expatriates and less bureaucracy so that retirees can more easily collect their Italian government pensions. She also called for relief from unreasonable taxes levied on Italian citizens living outside the country, including the elimination of taxes on garbage removal and properties. The Deputy-elect is a strong advocate for the advancement of the Italian language and culture, stronger economic ties between Italy and North America, public-private partnership to encourage entrepreneurism, the right of women in the workplace, and reform and reduction of parliamentary perks for deputies.

Commenting on her election, Ms. Nissoli FitzGerald said: “This is a great opportunity and responsibility given to me: to represent the Italian expatriate community of North and Central America in the Italian Parliament. I am committed to working to strengthen the already solid bonds between the Americas in which we live and the Italy of our birth. Our children, in many ways, are more American than Italian; therefore, we need to provide them with a strong link to the Italian language, culture, and economy. I’m also confident that the experiences of the Italian expatriate community can contribute valuable new ideas and perspectives, as the new Parliament seeks to address the many challenges that confront Italy today.”

Ms. Nissoli FitzGerald will commute between her home and family in Connecticut and her seat in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. She was officially sworn in as a deputy in the new Parliament on March, 15th. Ms. Nissoli FitzGerald’s party, Scelta Civica per l’Italia, won approximately 10.1% of the vote in the recent elections. Because there was no clear-cut winner in the election, the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, is currently in discussions with the political parties about the formation of a new government.

You can follow Ms. Nissoli FitzGerald’s activity on her website: http://www.angelafucsianissoli.us.

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