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Italy / Regional Administrative Tribunal, Rome, Second section / 633

A.N.D.E. v Comune di Civitavecchia

Policy area:
Justice, freedom and security
Deciding Body type:
National Court/Tribunal
Deciding Body:
Italy / Regional Administrative Tribunal (T.A.R.) – Rome (Second section)
Decision date:

Key facts of the case:

The case originated from the elections in the Municipality of Civitavecchia. The executive body of the Municipality which was appointed after the elections was made up of six persons – five men and a woman. The National Association of Women Voters (Associazione Nazionale Donne Elettrici) denounced the violation of the principle of equality between sexes. - Elections - According to the Tribunal, in recent years, Italy has witnessed a strengthening of measures aimed at translating into practice the principle of equal opportunity between women and men. This principle should guide the action of public authorities when the situation offers a margin of discretion. Domestic legislation provides enough protection of equal opportunities between men and women while international and national legislations only reinforce this wider framework. Therefore, the decision regarding the appointment of the executive body of the Municipality may be evaluated also by the administrative judge on request of an ordinary voter and/or an association defending the principle of equality between men and women.