South Tyrolean provincial government

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The Palais Widmann in Bolzano is the seat of the South Tyrolean provincial government.

The South Tyrolean provincial government (formerly also called provincial committee , Italian Giunta provinciale , Ladin Junta provinziala ) is the executive body of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol . By means of ordinances and administrative decrees, it ensures the concrete implementation of the provincial laws that are passed by the South Tyrolean parliament . The first state government was elected by the state parliament on December 20, 1948. During the period of validity of the First Statute of Autonomy , it was still of secondary importance as an executive body vis-à-vis the regional government . However, this changed with the adoption (1971) and entry into force (1972) of the Second Statute of Autonomy , which disempowered the Trentino-Alto Adige region in favor of the two provinces of Bolzano and Trento , giving the state government extensive executive powers. Its seat is in the Palais Widmann in Bolzano .


The provincial governor and the provincial councilors are elected by the South Tyrolean parliament in a secret ballot with an absolute majority. State parliament members elected to the state government retain their state parliament mandate. Subject to special provisions, people who are not members of the South Tyrolean parliament can also be appointed to the state government.

With the constitutional law No. 2/2001, which has been in force since February 2001, the South Tyrolean state parliament has extended legislative possibilities to modify the form of government in the province of Bolzano in some cases independently and, for example, to introduce direct election of the governor by the population entitled to vote.


The South Tyrolean provincial government consists of a governor (Italian presidente , Ladin presidënt ) and a variable number of provincial councilors (formerly also called assessors , Italian assessori , Ladin assessurs ). Two or three deputies of the governor are appointed from the ranks of the regional councils - distributed among the language groups represented. The number of state councils has been significantly reduced since 1989, when the state government had 14 members (including the governor). The state government currently consists of 8 state councilors and the governor.

According to the Statute of Autonomy, the composition of the state government must always reflect the proportional distribution of the German and Italian language groups in the state parliament. In the past, this provision prevented the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP) from gaining sole government and forced it to form coalitions with Italian parties. Originally, this strict distribution key also applied to the Ladin language group, which made their participation in state governments a rare occurrence. Since the Ladin language group, with just under 4% of the population of South Tyrol, has a relatively low voter potential, it usually missed the necessary number of members of the state parliament to be able to claim representation in the state government. This changed with the entry into force of Constitutional Law No. 2/2001. Since then, Article 50 of the Statute of Autonomy has provided that the "Ladin language group [...] can be granted representation in the South Tyrol Regional Committee in a way that differs from the proportional representation [in the Landtag]." In fact, a Ladin was always included in the State government elected. With the Constitutional Law No. 1/2017 a further modification of Article 50 took place: From now on, if there is a Ladin regional council, one of the deputies of the governor must also belong to this language group (the Second Statute of Autonomy of 1972 reserved this post for the German and Italian language group ).

Current state government

Surname Office Political party Language group Department
Arno Kompatscher Governor SVP German External relations, Europe, municipalities, finance, human resources, information technology, university, research and innovation, museums, sport
Arnold Schuler 1. Deputy governor SVP German Agriculture and forestry, tourism, civil protection
Giuliano Vettorato 2. Deputy governor LN Italian Italian education, Italian culture, energy, environment
Daniel Alfreider 3. Deputy Governor SVP ladin Ladin education, Ladin culture, transport network, mobility
Philipp Achammer Provincial Council SVP German German education, German culture, industry, handicrafts, trade and services, work, integration
Massimo Bessone Provincial Council LN Italian Building construction and technical service, property, land register and cadastre
Waltraud Deeg Provincial Councilor SVP German Social, housing, family and seniors
Maria Hochgruber Kuenzer Provincial Councilor SVP German Spatial planning and landscape protection, monument protection
Thomas Widmann Provincial Council SVP German Health, digital infrastructure, cooperatives

State governments since 1948

Reign Governor cabinet Coalition parties
1948-1952 Karl Erckert Erckert I. SVP , DC , PRI
1952-1956 Karl Erckert, Alois Pupp Erckert II SVP, DC
1956-1960 Alois Pupp Pupp SVP, DC
1960-1965 Silvius Magnago Magnago I SVP, DC
1965-1969 Silvius Magnago Magnago II SVP, DC, PSDI
1969-1974 Silvius Magnago Magnago III SVP, DC
1974-1979 Silvius Magnago Magnago IV SVP, DC, PSI
1979-1984 Silvius Magnago Magnago V SVP, DC, PSDI
1984-1989 Silvius Magnago Magnago VI SVP, DC, PSI
1989-1994 Luis Durnwalder Durnwalder I. SVP, DC, PSI
1994-1999 Luis Durnwalder Durnwalder II SVP, Partito Popolare Altoatesino, PDS
1999-2003 Luis Durnwalder Durnwalder III SVP, Unione Democratica Altoatesina, DS
2003-2008 Luis Durnwalder Durnwalder IV SVP, Unione Autonomista, DS
2008-2014 Luis Durnwalder Durnwalder V SVP, PD
2014-2019 Arno Kompatscher Compatcher I SVP, PD
2019– Arno Kompatscher Kompatscher II SVP, LN

See also


  • Giuseppe Avolio: Provincial government, state parliament and legislative procedure , in: Joseph Marko / Sergio Ortino / Francesco Palermo / Leonhard Voltmer / Jens Woelk (eds.): The Constitution of South Tyrolean Autonomy, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden 2005, pp. 194-216, ISBN 978-3-8329-1159-1 .

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