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COMITES Committees of Italians Abroad (COMITES)


COMITES Committees of Italians Abroad (COMITES)

What are the COMITES?

They are elected bodies that represent Italian citizens residing abroad in dealing with consular offices and designed to allow Italian nationals residing overseas to actively participate in the life of their community.

They are made up of 12 members in districts with Italian residents numbering up to 100,000 Italian citizens. The number of members is increased to 18 in districts with more than 100,000 resident Italian citizens.

COMITES members hold unpaid offices with terms of five years.

In collaboration with the consular authorities, with the regions and local governments and other organizations and associations working in the consular district, the COMITES promote the interests of local Italian residents through valid initiatives of a social, cultural, educational, and/or charitable nature, or that deal with vocational training or leisure and recreational pursuits. The COMITES members, after consultation with the consular authorities, may represent their constituent Italian community before other Authorities and local institutions.

Who is on the ballot?

The members of COMITES are elected based on lists of eligible candidates assembled and signed by fellow residents in each consular district.

For more information on COMITES and on the regulatory guidelines of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, click here.

The COMITES election took place on April 17, 2015. To learn the result in the Washington Consular district, click here.