Since 1954, Italian corruptions, mafias, and nationalism are tormenting the Free Territory of Trieste, while the provisional, administering Italian authorities drain its economic resources with the old-fashioned system of taxation of the bordering Italian Republic.

In facts, since 1947, pursuant to the Treaty of Peace with Italy, Trieste is the capital city of an independent, sovereign State, the Free Territory of Trieste, established under a provisional regime of Government, that lasts to this day.

Annex X of the same Treaty of Peace established that the Free Territory (and its citizens) be exempted from the payment of the Italian public debt. Italian taxes cannot be levied in the Free Territory of Trieste and its international Free Port: just like Switzerland, the FTT is a State with a special economic regime, and does not belong to the European Union.

Every year, hundreds of millions of Euro are taken from Trieste with direct and indirect taxes, forced on its citizens and enterprises by Italian tax authorities  (as for this, I suggest reading my post LIGHT GASOLINE: THE TRUE PRICE OF FUELS IN THE FREE TERRITORY OF TRIESTE).

Not to mention the huge profits that the Italian State plunders from the international Free Port of Trieste, which the Treaty of Peace establishes as State Corporation of the Free Territory of Trieste (Annex VIII). It is at least 1.5 billions Euro, sent off to Rome. At the expenses of the international community as well, to which Italy denies or limits the use of the most strategic port in the Mediterranean.

A loss of revenue with devastating effects on the economy of the Free Territory of Trieste: since 2011, more than 10,000 jobs were lost. More than 50,00 in the past 40 years. Misery spreads inexorably, and it is slowly turning into desperation for those who are denied their very future. This is the slow, inexorable decline that the Italian corruptions have ruled for the historical enemy, Trieste, after its “redemption”.

In Trieste, more than 3,000 families are deprived of any income, and they live on the “certain” charity of the downgraded social contribution: some couple hundred Euro, which are not even paid regularly, to live without knowing for how long. So, one month after another, the tragedy repeats. And then, long lines of people at soup kitchens, and other food distribution centers. It looks like time of war. The people who bear poverty with dignity and don’t want to be umiliate by the controls that the insensitive public authorities carry out respect to “the least” before granting them the meagre subsidies, have no choice but looking for food in trashcans. But in order to do that, it is necessary being faster than the trucks of the efficient refuse collection of the City, that in charge of granting, day by day, thousand of tonnages of waste to the “listed” incineration plant: the more waste in burns, the most the former municipal undertaking produces money for Italy. And, often, this waste is expired food or leftovers; this  “waste” is the target of desperate people, those poor people abandoned and that can only find its miserable meal, day by day, digging in waste.

This poverty derives from the ongoing predation that, one year after another, Italy carries out with the tacit consent of the temporary civil administering Government of the Free Territory of Trieste. A fiscal predation that does even go against Italian laws, despite even judgments of the Italian Court of Cassation on this matter (I did publish one in this post, about pensions in the FTT: DE-TAXATION OF PENSIONS IN THE FREE TERRITORY OF TRIESTE).

The administering Italian authorities seem to have forgotten that the source of their mandate, the 1954 Memorandum of Understanding of London, is an executive instrument of the Treaty of Peace. So, the people of Trieste are suffocated by illegitimate taxation, collected in the name of a bordering State that deprives them of their properties, driving them into misery. And, if they claim their rights, a justice system loyal to Italy and to the political class that implements its simulation of sovereignty does immediately punish them.

To understand how similar special Italian Courts work in the FTT like, it is enough reading the grounds with which, back in 2013, lawyer Sergio Orzan from Gorizia, lawyer of the ill-famed Equitalia, requests the Court to reject the exception of the lack of jurisdiction of Italian judges in one of the appeals of the citizens of the Free Territory (see translation at the end of the post).

The Tax Commission of Trieste did go as far as to sanctioning the appellant by ordering them to pay  EUR 2,500 for “vexatious litigation” claiming the “pretentious character” of the exception of jurisdiction… for instance, Italian judges who work in Trieste don’t like being reminded that they are trampling on not just international law, but also the laws of the Italian Republic they claim to represent. hiding behind a façade of nationalism as ferocious as anachronistic. An “Iron Curtain” that granted their impunity during the Cold War, or during the dissolutive crisis of Yugoslavia, but rather worn to our day… how long will it still last?

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

Translation of the abstract: 1) AS FOR THE ALLEGED absolute nullity and voidness due to the lack of jurisdiction of the State of  Italy in zone A of the free territory of Trieste.

Both the cities/towns of Trieste Staranzano and Gorizia, and the provinces of Trieste and Gorizia are part of the Italian State. As such they underly Italian jurisdiction. The deductions and considerations and conclusions of the appellant on this matter are absolutely ungrounded and inadmissible, pretentious and captious; and they shall be rejected. On the other side, the counterpart in person, by appealing to authorities of the Justice/Jurisdiction of Italy, and through Italian legal officers when it comes to the notification, does implicitly recognize that those authorities hold an actual jurisdictional power. In the specific case it is clear that the jurisdiction of the Italian judge was approved implicitly and – nevertheless – there is no foreign judge in the “Free Territory of Trieste”.

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