Flavio Tosi

Flavio Tosi
Mayor of Verona
In office
28 May 2007  26 June 2017
Preceded by Paolo Zanotto
Succeeded by Federico Sboarina
Personal details
Born (1969-06-18) 18 June 1969
Verona, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Fare! (2015–present)
Liga VenetaLega Nord (1991–2015)

Flavio Tosi is an Italian politician, former mayor of Verona.

Before being expelled from it and turning independent in 2015, he was a long-time member of Liga VenetaLega Nord.

Political career

Having joined Liga Veneta (LV) in 1991, Tosi was elected to the Municipal Council of Verona in 1994 at the age of 25. From 1997 to 2003 he was also provincial secretary of the LV in the Province of Verona. In the meantime, in the 2000 regional election he was elected to the Regional Council of Veneto, where he served as the party's floor leader for two years.

After being the most voted candidate in the 2005 regional election (more than 28,000 of personal votes), he was appointed regional minister of Health in Galan III Government. Aged 36, he was one of the LV's rising stars, alongside Luca Zaia, who was contextually appointed Vice President and soon became his main rival within the party.

In late 2006 Tosi launched his bid for mayor of Verona. Initially he was supported only by his party, but then, thanks to his popularity in opinion polls, he was able to threw behind himself the whole centre-right coalition, including the LV, Forza Italia, National Alliance, the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats and minor parties. In May 2007 he was elected mayor of Verona by a large margin: 60.8% to 33.9% of the incumbent Paolo Zanotto. Verona was thus the second largest Italian city ever ruled by Lega Nord (LN), the first one being Milan, ruled by Marco Formentini from 1993 to 1997. Tosi was one of the most popular mayors in Italy with approval ratings around 65-75%.[1][2]

In July 2008 the LV held its national congress in Padua. Tosi unsuccessfully tried to replace Gian Paolo Gobbo as national secretary, but was elected national president instead. Tosi appeared to be also the standard-bearer of the party in view of the 2010 regional election, along with Zaia.[3][4] However, in December 2009 Tosi had to renounce his bid to become President of Veneto in favour of Zaia, who commanded a larger support in the party's national council.[5]

In June 2012 Tosi, just re-elected mayor of Verona with 57.4% of the vote (three times his closest opponent Michele Bertucco, who got a mere 22.8%),[6][7] was elected national secretary of the LV with 57% of the votes (236 delegates out of 414), while his challenger Massimo Bitonci had 43% (178 delegates).[8] Tosi was the chairman of the board of directors of Autostrada Brescia Verona Vicenza Padova, a toll road operator,[9][10] as well as a member of the board of its parent company A4 Holding.[11]

In the 2014 European Parliament election Tosi was elected MEP with around 100,000 personal votes, only to step down a few months later.[12]

In March 2015, after a long struggle with Zaia, backed by LN's federal secretary Matteo Salvini, was ejected from the party.[13][14][15][16] Subsequently, in the 2015 regional election, he ran for President of Veneto, supported by the Tosi List for Veneto, coming fourth with 11.9% of the vote.

On 21 July 2015 Tosi founded his new party, called Fare! (To Make!).

On 2 December 2004 Tosi was found guilty of instigation to racism according to the Mancino Law, for having collected signatures against the establishment of new gypsy camps in Verona. Later, on 30 January 2007, the Court of Appeal found Tosi not guilty for the above offence, while at the same time finding him guilty of a minor offence (promoting a hatred campaign). On 13 December 2007 the Court of Cassation cancelled the latter sentence and ruled that the a new appeal must take place.[17] On June 2008 the Court of Cassation publicized the motivations of its December 2007 sentence, stating that Tosi was not guilty of promoting ideas of racial superiority or hatred and that it is acceptable to discriminate against Roma on the grounds that they are thieves, indicating that the Court of Appeals should not consider as crime political initiatives aimed at illegal acts of minority members.[18][19] On 20 October 2008 the Appeals' Court of Venice upheld the conviction of Tosi to two months of imprisonment with suspended sentence. The Court has given sixty days for filing the motivation. Tosi has announced its intention to appeal to the Court of Cassation.[20] On 11 July 2009 that Court definitively sentence Tosi to two months of imprisonment with suspended sentence,[21] In October 2009 Tosi was sentenced by the Court of Cassation to a sanction of 4,000 euro and to the suspension for three years from holding public rallies.[22] something which did not impede him to be re-elected mayor of Verona in May 2012.


  1. Archived 14 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  3. "Zaia candidato: c'è il sigillo della Lega "Felice di questa grande responsabilità" - Corriere del Veneto". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. "Corriere.it - Amministrative 2012". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
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  7. http://www.autobspd.it/documenti/statici/bilancio_eng_2013.pdf
  8. http://www.autobspd.it/documenti/statici/bilancio_eng_2014.pdf
  9. "2014 Bilancio Civilistico e Consolidato" (PDF) (in Italian). A4 Holding. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  10. "La grande vittoria (politica) di Tosi - L'intraprendente". 26 May 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  11. "Archivio Corriere della Sera". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  12. "Archivio Corriere della Sera". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  13. "Archivio Corriere della Sera". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  14. "Archivio Corriere della Sera". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  15. Giangiacomo Schiavi (2008-04-21). "Flavio Tosi: "Verona è una città laboratorio - Via tutto ciò che è abusivo. Sì a chi è in regola"". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  16. Italy: Court inflames Roma discrimination row The Guardian Retrieved 17 July 2008
  17. "Cassazione, se i nomadi sono ladri è legittima la discriminazione". La Repubblica. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  18. Tosi condannato a 2 mesi di carcere da VeronaOggi del 20 ottobre 2008.
  19. Tosi condannato in Cassazione Aduc Immigrazione
  20. (in Italian) Razzismo, divieto di comizi per il sindaco Tosi - La Repubblica. Ricerca.repubblica.it (2009-11-19). Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
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