Milan mayor candidates to debate city’s future

Should Milan become a region?

Candidates running in next month’s elections for mayor of Milan have been invited to a debate on the future of the city, to be held in the Triennale in Via Alemagna on Monday 30 May at 12.00.

Moderated by Triennale president Claudio De Albertis, the candidates will be asked for their views on the proposal to convert the greater Milan area into a full-blown region, as permitted by the Italian constitution for areas with at least one million inhabitants.

Monday’s event has been organised by Vivaio, a citizens’ association grouping Milanese entrepreneurs, artists and professionals, founded by economist Andrea Zappolato and seeking to exploit the city’s advantages for the benefit of all residents. The association has launched the project MilanoCittàStato, arguing that Milan should follow the example of other successful European cities like London, Paris, Madrid and Berlin.

The main candidates for the election are former Expo Milano 2015 chief Giuseppe Sala for the Partito Democratico, industrialist Stefano Parisi for the centre-right grouping, and lawyer Gianluca Corrado for the MoVimento 5 Stelle.

There are also five candidates representing smaller groups: former MEP Marco Cappato for the Radicals, Luigi Santambrogio for the left-leaning Alternativa Municipale, Nicolò Mardegan from the centre-right seeking the Catholic vote, Marina Teresa Baldini – the only female candidate – and Natale Azzaretto for the Partito Comunista dei Lavoratori. It is not yet clear how many will accept the invitation.

The election will be held next Sunday, 5 June. If no candidate scores more than 50 per cent of the vote, a run-off second phase will take place on Sunday 19 June.

Entry to the debate is free as long as places are available. Booking is obligatory by email to or