- Franz Turchi has been a member of Alleanza Nazionale’s
National Assembly since its foundation.
- He has been a Euro-MP from 1999 to 2004, and held the post of
Vice President of the Budget Directorate, the highest post an
Alleanza Nazionale member, excluding Gianfranco Fini, has ever
- Member of the Uen (Europe for a Union of Nations) group, he
has stood out for a series of important initiatives, including
• PUBLIC WORKS
Franz Turchi has been the permanent rapporteur of the TEN
(Trans-European Network) Project, that concerns all the
infrastructural works (roads, railways and ports). After years
of barren discussion, he managed to have the TEN Project
approved, financing was increased from 4.7 billion to over 8
billion Euros, with the EU financial contribution without
security going from 10% to 20%, and the possibility to finance
the remaining part at special rates.
• SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
He has been rapporteur of the new multiyear plan in favour of
enterprises and entrepreneurship aimed at improving the
financial context of Small and Medium Enterprises, by
strengthening securities for loans, and promoting the
establishment of new enterprises, thanks to the increase in the
allocation provided by the European Investment Fund.
He has always been sensitive to the issues related to disabled
people, and made it possible that the European Union’s attention
in favour of the disabled did not die down in specific
programmes, but was present in all EU policies, and in all the
bodies obtaining European Union financing.
He has been rapporteur of the new EU action plan in the field of
public healthcare. This project received a 300 million
Euro-worth allocation from the Commission.
• CIVIL PROTECTION
He has been rapporteur of the Community mechanism for the
co-ordination of Civil Protection actions in case of
emergencies, favouring the creation of a stable structure within
the Commission to co-ordinate Member States’ interventions.
He has been rapporteur of the “Galileo” satellite navigation
project. Such project shall help improve the performances of the
two already existing satellites, and make European technology
reach high-level standards.
• ONE EURO BANK NOTES
He presented and had the resolution proposal for one Euro bank
notes approved by the European Parliament. It shall then rest
with the Commission and the European Central Bank to define the
proposal’s implementation and execution times.
– In May 2003, he visited Israel as Member of the EU Delegation
for the relationships with the Knesset, and met President Moshe
Katsav and the main political and civil society representatives.