Free Trieste




Official letter from Mr. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament: see translation notes below.


The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz declares that “it would not be appropriate, on [his] side, commenting the situation You are describing in Your letter”. This is the first answer of Communitarian institutions to the complaint of the Free Trieste Movement as for the illegality of European elections that took place in Zone A of the Free Territory of Trieste.

This complaint had been presented by me, as President of the Movement, by mailing threehundred declarations of illegitimacy of European Elections presented by the citizens to the polling stations, sending these not only to the European Commission, but to the President of the European Parliament as well.

Annexed to this complaint, there was judgment No. 530/13 of the Regional Administrative Court – Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale (T.A.R.) of Friuli Venezia Giulia as further evidence of the severe, repressive violations committed by Italian authorities against the citizens of Trieste that claim their rights as established with the Treaty of Peace of Paris of 1947.

For instance, Italian administrative judges reject the appeal, declaring “subversive” the appellant (myself) for presenting it. According to the judges, with this appeal, sustaineded ad adjuvandum by 56 more citizens, the unity of the Republic of Italy was threatened and, due to this, appellant Roberto Giurastante should be considered prosecutable for the crimes of threaten to State unity.

In the answer of the President of the European Parliament Schulz are reflected all the uncertainties of a more and more uncertain European Unions. In facts, since it is impossible demonstrating Italian sovereignty over Zone A of the Free Territory of Trieste the President of the European Parliament prefers “not to intervene on substance”. We are still awaiting the answer of the European Commission.

In the meantime, Judgment No. 530/13 of the T.A.R., already impugned before the European Court of Human Rights is about to be brought to international level as one of the indictments of the State of Italy for the severe violations of the Treaty of Peace determined with said act. Violations regarding, other than denied civil rights, the very Free Port of Trieste, stated as being under Italian sovereignty at the expenses of the whole International Community.

Translation note: the text of Mr. Schulz’s letter.

“Dear Mister Giurastante,

I thank you for Your letter of June 18th, 2014, whose subject is “European Elections in Zone A of the Free Territory of Trieste and threats to the citizens that oppose to that on the basis of international treaties, in force”.

As for the question You are rising, I would want to remind that the European Union acts in accordance with the principle of the distribution of competence, shared among itself and the Member States. In virtue of this principle, among others, the European Union respects the constitutional structures and territorial integrity of its Member States, as established with Article 4(2) of the Treaty on European Union “The Union shall respect the equality of Member States before the Treaties as well as their national identities, inherent in their fundamental structure political and constitutional, inclusive of regional and local self-government. It shall respect their essential State functions, including ensuring the territorial integrity of the State (…)

For said reasons, it would not be appropriate, on my side, commenting the situation You are describing in Your letter.

Please, Dear Mister Giurastante, accept my kindest regard.


Martin Schultz”

Translated from blog “Ambiente e Legalità” – “Environment and Legality” by Roberto Giurastante

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