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1 1 st Summer Youth Olympic Games 2010 Torino Candidature File - Volume 1-


3 Theme 1 - Concept and Legacy 1.1 State your proposed dates to host the 1 st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010 and specify your reason Why from the 6 th to the 18 th of August? The great tourist development of the recent years has made our city a protagonist on the Italian scene, living fully twelve months a year. There have been over 3.3 million visitors in 2006, resulting in a growth of 25% compared to the previous year, and up to 30% in (source: Ente Turismo Torino e Provincia; data of tourism in the metropolitan Torino area). In summer, the protagonists of lively Turin are young people: in August Torino is a city on a human scale, safe and lively at the same time. It offers the perfect meeting place for teenagers: particularly in the night between the 14 th and the 15 th of August, when young people come together from all over Italy to celebrate Ferragosto, the most exciting summer night of the country. Not only is the city full of life, but it serves as a hub for the tourist system of north-western Italy. Piemonte, in fact also offers the mountains of the XX Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006, the Cuneo area, one of the traditional destinations of summer tourists, for hiking and climbing, the Lake District, with the famous Lago Maggiore and Lago d Orta, and the delightful hill district of the Langhe. All this is within an hour s travel by car from Torino, and at a little more than 100 kilometres, people can reach the Mediterranean Sea and the famous tourist resorts of the Ligurian Coast. Torino s central position among all these attractions will allow those who are holidaying at the sea or in the mountains to easily reach the competitions of the Youth Olympic Games. THE DATES FROM the 6 th to the 18 th APPEAR TO BE A WISER CHOICE IN ORDER TO BETTER FOCUS THE MEDIA ATTENTION (NO SOCCER, LESS POLITICS): BUT TORINO IS READY TO CONSIDER ALSO ALTERNATIVE CHOICES. 1.2 Describe your motivation and vision for the Summer Youth Olympic Games, should your city become the Host City of the 1 st Summer Youth Olympic Games. Provide Map A of your city/region on which your project is superimposed thus giving a complete visual overview of your concept and project Italy shares the vision of IOC regarding the three dangers that threaten adolescents at a delicate age when family links are loosened and the school obligations end: food disorders, the lack of opportunities to come together and the risk of anonymity and depression that too often lead to the use of psychotropic substances. Examining the problem of nutrition, the data are disturbing: in Italy, in the past 20 years, obesity has tripled up to the projection of 1.5 million in With different proportions but at a growing rate, also the problem of anorexia is drawing the attention of families and educators. 1

4 The lack of opportunities to meet becomes stronger when the compulsory education cycle ends. This often leads to a loss of the capacities to relate, of training and of individual growth. To avert the risks typical of the adolescent age with an international sports event is the extraordinary opportunity that Italy, Piemonte and Torino wish together to make the most of this opportunity and thus intending to host the first edition of YOG. Physical activity can transmit contemporaneously the contents of correct diet, sociality, care of oneself. This is the harmonious development of physical and mental wellbeing. For years, Italy has been working in this direction: not only it is one of the few countries where Sports and Youth Policies are united in a single Ministry, but the Government, CONI and local administrations see in sports one of the fundamental tools of education. Torino is used to being an incubator for new ideas and new habits. Torino was the birthplace of Italian politics, industry, cinema, radio, television and fashion. Torino is the seat of the University, founded in 1408, whose illustrious graduates included Erasmus of Rotterdam, the humanist world citizen who gave his name to the most widespread European project of university exchanges. All Italian sports were born in Torino: in 1844, the first gymnastics club was founded, with the objective of transmitting the values of sports to young people. In Torino the Italian Alpine Club - Club Alpino Italiano - was born, football, the first tennis club, the Canoeing Federation, the first Ski Club, the Italian Podistic Union, the summer Universiades, Italian mountaineering. In 1911, for the International Exhibition of Torino, 25,000 athletes took part in the International Federal Gymnastics Competition. Torino had, the first in Italy, a councillor for Youth Policies, a youth consulting service, the Youth Department, founded in The Culture Department and the Sport Department today work hand in hand with the Youth Department to educate children according to the Olympic Values of harmony of the body and the spirit. This is why Torino wants to host the first Youth Olympic Games: if the Winter Olympic Games brought Torino to the attention of the world, the Youth Olympic Games will consolidate the new vocation of the City, a metropolis suited for young people. Along with the work on the contents, there is work on the method. Build the Games of young people with young people, involving them in a process of co-construction. The young people of Torino, of Italy, of every institute and federation of the world are called on to prepare the event, in a path of taking on one s own responsibilities that is at the base of our collective personal growth. TORINO, THEN, BASES ITS CONCEPT OF THE FIRST YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES ON THREE ACTIONS: SPORT AS AN INSTRUMENT OF EDUCATION TOWARDS A HEALTHY STYLE OF LIFE FOR THE BODY AND FOR THE MIND; SPORT AS AN INSTRUMENT OF EDUCATION TO INSTILL RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECTION OF THE PLANET; AS AN INSTRUMENT TO EDUCATE TOWARDS A STYLE OF LIFE THAT IS LOYAL, CULTURED, COMMITTED AND INTERNATIONAL. 2

5 FIRST: TRANSMIT THE VALUES OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE THAT HARMONISES THE BODY AND THE MIND Torino has made of the promotion of a healthy life style through sports and food education one of its excellences. In the City is the headquarters of the prestigious Institute of Sports Medicine (Istituto di Medicina per lo Sport) which every year checks free of charge 6,000 children of the first year of lower school to monitor the conditions of growth of pre-adolescents and their suitability for practicing sports. The campaign Clean Sports "Sport Pulito" of the Piemonte Region and the Anti-doping Centre, set up for the XX Olympic Winter Games and integrated with the one of CONI, has become a point of reference at a national level; these deal with the aspect of addiction and the abuse of substances. The countless youth sports association are the heart of sports practice: the presence of 29 large plants and 192 local sports facilities are the demonstration of how in Torino, the practice of sports is understood not only as competition, but as an instrument of aggregation and education. Education in the field of food and taste is extremely important in Torino: the City is the venue of the Salone del Gusto (Taste Exhibition), and Terra Madre, that grand meeting of the communities of food; every two years it brings to the city 5,000 producers from all over the world, in a setting where cultures are shared and compared, perfectly in line with the Olympic Spirit. Then there is Slow Food, the association founded by Carlo Petrini that has as its objectives education for taste and protection of the environment and territorial cultures. At Pollenzo, a few kilometres from the City, there is the campus of the Università di Scienze Gastronomiche (University of Gastronomic Sciences); this school is the only one in the world that every year trains sixty international students, who will become the protagonists of food policies in their home countries. These four international organisations carry on intense didactic activities on the territory spreading healthy alimentary practices, the value of biodiversity and respect for different cultures. Many children of Torino find in their school dining halls special menus developed especially to promote balanced growth, and they follow courses that explain the correct precepts of eating without giving up taste (many schools respect the "Manifesto per le mense sostenibili e di qualità" - Manifesto for sustainable meals of quality). SECOND: TRANSMIT THE VALUE OF RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECTION OF THE PLANET The most important issue of the third millennium is how to safeguard the health of our planet; a new awareness and the actions that follow are the only chance we have to hand over a healthy Earth to the new generations, those same youths who will be taking part in the Youth Olympic Games. Torino is the metropolis with the most extensive green areas per capita. It has four rivers, which an efficient purification system keeps in good condition, and an extraordinary park system. Due to its industrial history, Torino has also felt that it should become the leading city in Italy for low impact technology and for the education of children to respect the environment. In 2006, for the first time in Italy, new hydrogen buses were tested, the result of the collaboration of many large Torino companies that are working on fuel cells. These engines with zero emissions are just one building block of a vast project with many branches that include differentiated waste collection, Car Sharing and Bike Sharing, the Project "Torino 3

6 Città d'acque" (Torino city of waters) for the valorisation of its rivers, and grants to transform vehicles to GPL or methane. The objective is to reduce CO2 emissions to zero: all the venues will be equipped with efficient thermal insulation and photovoltaic systems, all the means of transport will be fuelled with solar energy, which will supply 80% of the energy needed for the event. The remaining 20% will be clean energy, produced 100% by hydroelectric power stations. The project plans to produce with photovoltaic systems a power of 2MW, for a covered surface of about 20,000 sq.m., out of an annual production of about 2.2 GWh per year and emission reductions of about 1,200 tons per year. The various photovoltaic systems will be used as real test sites in an urban location, as the project plans to use photovoltaic panels made with innovative and experimental materials. The monitoring and control activities in the operating phases will provide useful information for research centres, industries and designers of the sector. Along with these strategic decisions, Torino has started up an intense teaching activity for the new generations, such as the permanent exhibit A Come Ambiente, a centre dedicated to the contents of Agenda 21 and to ecological issues. THIRD: TRANSMIT THE VALUE OF A LIFESTYLE THAT IS LOYAL, CULTURED, COMMITTED AND INTERNATIONAL There are four fundamental values that Torino in harmony with those of the Olympic Spirit - intends to transmit to young generations through the first Youth Olympic Games. A loyal style of life: Educating to play clean sports, to not use doping substances. To excel, but excel without tricks. A cultured style of life: Spread the idea of the sportsman as a complete individual, for whom culture and physical activity exist together. As the Latins said mens sana in corpore sano. A committed style of life: that invites young people to be the protagonists of their own lives. Commitment is the basis of the sense of responsibility. An International style of life: this means transmitting to the athletes the value of belonging to a territory, to a culture, to a nation, but the awareness that they are also citizens of the world, the only home that belongs to everyone. Rivals for 10 seconds, friends for a lifetime is the message we want to communicate. 4


8 1.3 What would be the impact and legacy for your city/region of hosting the Summer Youth Olympic Games? The first material legacy will be the renovated set of eco-friendly facilities: namely thermal insulation and photovoltaic systems: a legacy not only for the local territory, it will leave technological know-how and experiences that will be shared. Once again Torino will become a laboratory: not only the sports venues, but the city too, is working in this direction, extending its centralised heating network over the entire urban territory, adopting a fleet of ecological buses, building a complete metropolitan network, valorising the largest amount of green area per capite with a thick network of bicycle paths. The start-up of communications project to accelerate the growth of the solar energy, thermal and photovoltaic market, and the creation of an observatory and a dedicated web portal will enable businesses and citizens to learn about this clean technology and promote its diffusion. Other specific cultural and educational legacies are explicitly described in theme 8. Specifically dedicated to young people will be the heritage of the big international campgrounds, that are under construction (see point 6) and as a permanent facility of the city, will provide young people coming to Torino from 2010 on, a low-budget place to stay. The intangible legacy will be the spread of the sports vocation; the involvement of young generations in the preparation of the Games will be a singular way to foster in them the passion for sports in all its facets: journalists, sportsmen, technicians referees, managers, trainers and, naturally, athletes: these are what the teen-agers, who today are helping to organise the Youth Olympic Games, will become tomorrow. THE MOST PRECIOUS LEGACY OF ALL WILL BE THE ONE TIED TO THE IDENTITY OF THE CITY: TORINO, A YOUNG CITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, IS THE FUNDAMENTAL LEGACY THAT WE WANT THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES TO TRANSMIT OVER THE TERRITORY. 1.4 Provide (a) a guarantee(s) from the competent authorities stating that all construction work (temporary and if applicable permanent) necessary for the organization of the Summer Youth Olympic Games will comply with: Local, regional and national environmental regulations and acts International agreements and protocols regarding planning, construction and protection of the environment Guarantee to be provided in file Describe the programmes you intend to initiate, leveraging on existing IOC platforms, and the communication strategies in order to promote the Olympic Ideal and reach out to youth communities at large before and during the YOG Participation is the keynote in the instruments thought up to promote the Youth Olympic Games, in line with the communications of the International Olympic Committee. The new generations generally do not take advantage of contents passively; they prefer to produce them first hand. 6

9 The first instrument of celebration and participation will be the journey On the way of the YOG, a journey to be prepared with the Torch or with any other symbol, in line with the decisions of the IOC. It will not be a relay, but a road show reaching all of Italy, organised in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Sport and of Youth Policies (Ministero dello Sport e delle Politiche Giovanili). It will depart at the start of the school year and it will take to every city a great event founded on the values of Olympism. (See theme 8). A communications campaign will be dedicated: Torino Teen Holidays, that will invite youngsters to take part in competitions and enjoy the collateral cultural and recreational events. A moment to learn, party, and naturally to enjoy sports. At the end of the same school year, a trans-national seminar will be organised: Young Olympic Words, that will see the participation of 2,000 youths; forums and workshops will enable boys and girls coming from all over the world to discuss and prepare concrete proposals on issues of sustainable development and of the Agenda21. During the summer of 2009, Test Events will be held; these are a national edition of the Youth Games - Giochi della Gioventù. For the organisation of these Test Events as for the organisation of all the great events scheduled in Torino and in Italy in 2009, young people will be co-opted, who will then become the protagonists of the organisation of the Youth Olympic Games. An agreement with RAI, the Italian Public Broadcast Service, will provide a satellite channel RaiSat Extra, making it into a thematic channel dedicated to the Youth Olympic Games starting from January In collaboration with the broadcaster, a TV series will be prepared on Sports Education that will be broadcast also on the three traditional public television channels. The Web will play a major role; it is the media preferred by young people who are today used to bi-direction communications: the feeders will be all the federations and the schools of Italy, that will converge into a federated system of portals. The system will feature contributions in video, sound and texts produced by the young people themselves (these instruments are illustrated in Theme 8). A radio, a newsletter sent out to all the schools in Italy, and an agreement with the major national newspapers that will enable young people to try out their talents as journalists (the activities are described in Theme 8), will complete the picture of communications initiatives. Again, it will be the young people who will run the YOG Atrium, the large information centre that will be set up inside the renovated railway station of Porta Nuova. YOG. The Atrium will be a container full of interactive tools, exhibits, information and material that will provide citizens, tourists, delegations and journalists with information on the Youth Olympic Games and on Torino. 1.6 Describe how you would build and promote your image and reputation. Torino, city of Art and Culture. Through the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Torino rediscovered and re-estimated all its excellent qualities and potential restoring its fame as an Italian city of art and culture, where creativity and history pervade every day life, in a setting of natural splendours and baroque piazzas. 7

10 Torino, City of Sports and Environment. The tangible legacy of the 2006 Winter Games consists today in the Torino Olympic Park. The T.O.P is a foundation set up to manage the facilities inherited from the 2006 Winter Games. It continues today to valorise the spread of sports practice on the territory, including the mountains that hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics. Torino, City of Science and of Design. Torino will be the European City of Science in 2010, with the Euroscience Open Forum and in 2008, it will be the World Design Capital, the first in history. Then, in the summer of the same year, the World Architect Congress will be held in the city. Torino, City of Taste. In 2010 Torino will be again the Global Village of Food, with the new edition of the Exhibition Salone del Gusto (Taste Fair) that brings together communities from all over the world. AND MOST OF ALL TORINO IS A YOUNG CITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 1.7 Describe what ticketing and promotion strategies and programmes you intend to set up for the inhabitants of your city, region and country as well as for international visitors to ensure that the summer youth Olympic games are a popular success both at the venues and within the city As in Torino s 2006 Olympic Games, the city will set up a network that will link the competition sites, the cultural venues and the locations dedicated to entertainment, in order to draw everyone on the territory into the celebration of the Youth Olympic Games; new elements will be thought up specifically for the young audience. THE INNOVATIVE FEATURE OF THIS FIRST EDITION OF THE YOG WILL BE THE CREATION, NEXT TO A NEW INTERNATIONAL CAMPING AREA, IN AN AREA OF 40 THOUSAND SQUARE METRES OF A LARGE SPACE CALLED YOU-YOG, RECALLING THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOUTUBE.COM, THE FAVOURITE WEB PORTAL OF YOUNG PEOPLE, WHERE THEY ARE THE PROTAGONISTS, AND SUPPLY THE CONTENTS. Other key meeting areas will be the YOG Parks: Piazza d Armi and the Valentino Park, two large green park areas of the city. All the most significant locations of the city and its suburbs will be animated during the Youth Olympic Games. There will be an Honour Plaza in Piazza Castello, where all the athletes who have taken part in the competitions will be honoured. There will be a YOG Music Plaza in the huge Piazza Vittorio with a festival of International music for youth groups, who will be able to perform through the evenings of the event. The Closing Ceremony will be held in the same locations, and all the city centre will be involved in the two Notti Bianche, White Nights that will open and close the great show. For many other cultural events, mainly in the royal residences (declared in 1997 a Heritage of Humanity ) see Theme 8. All these places located within a range of a few kilometres from the city centre, will be linked by an efficient network of services with zero CO2 emissions and by a web of bicycle paths which, along with the supply of three thousand bicycles, will allow people to travel around the entire area of the Youth Olympic Games easily and without polluting. Public transport will be free for all accredited persons. 8

11 To attract International students to YOG, special attention will be dedicated to projects of International Exchange, in agreement with the various National Olympic Committees, to a far-reaching plan to invite to Torino participants in the selection of the Youth Olympic Games to follow free of charge the finals of their disciplines. And there is more: the young people who have taken part in the Test Event, the Youth Games of 2009, will be given a booklet of tickets that will allow them to live the great Olympic passion starting from the Opening Ceremony. As for the accommodation, an event dedicated to young people must guarantee cheap board and lodging. Besides the new camping site, the university residences and those of religious institutes will be opened. Torino families will offer other places. This family hospitality was very successful on the occasion of Terra Madre, and it will be arranged again for the YOG population (see Theme 12). Ticketing is another important factor. The first key to success will be in the price policy: all the competitions will cost from one to ten euro, and thirty euro for the Opening Ceremony. These rates will allow young people with their limited budgets to follow any event. As for ticket sales locally, tourist promotion information points on the territory will be called on. Internationally, we want to involve the sponsors to bring the delegations and their guest to watch the games and the ceremonies. The preparation of packages that will include travel, accommodation and games tickets, with different price ranges, will enable the public to acquire all-inclusive tickets. An agreement with Trenitalia will permit under-30s to get to the Youth Olympic Games with discounted or free tickets, and agreements are being worked on with low cost air transporters for a special ticket+accommodation+flight packages (weekly for 100, 300 and 500 euro). These instruments will guarantee a minimum target of 100,000 spectators from outside the city who will be joined by the Torino public, which in these past years has shown enthusiastic participation in all sports, cultural and entertainment events. FROM THE 6TH TO THE 18TH OF AUGUST 2010, TORINO CAN BECOME THE MUST SUMMER HOLIDAY DESTINATION FOR YOUTHS COMING FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD. TWO WEEKS OF SPORTS, OF SHOWS AND CELEBRATIONS IMBUED WITH OLYMPIC VALUES. TWO WEEKS WHICH, NOT ONLY SPORTS FANS BUT ALL YOUNG PEOPLE, LOVERS OF MUSIC, OF CREATIVITY AND OF LIFE IN THE OPEN AIR AND INNOVATION, WILL FIND ABSOLUTELY UNFORGETTABLE. 9

12 Theme 2 Political and economic climate and structure 2.1 Describe the political structure in your country: what are the institutions at national, regional, local level and their respective competences Italy is one of the countries that laid the foundation of the European Union and it has always firmly supported the consolidation of a United Europe, an international political subject without customs barriers. It has played a major role and held highly significant events in the Community s history, such as the signing of the 1957 Treaty of Rome. At the same time, its intense and constant participation in the different sectors of the activities of the United Nations has always been a fundamental component of Italian foreign policies. Since January 2007, Italy has been a non-permanent member the United Nations Security Council. Financially, Italy contributes to the ordinary budget of the United Nations with a quota of over 5%. This makes our country one of the major contributors, reaching the sixth place. Italy is also a member of NATO (Atlantic Alliance), together with 26 other countries, of the OSCE (Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe) with 56 other member States, and it is a member of the OCSE (Organization for the Cooperation and Economic Development), with 30 other countries. Italy is a Constitutional Republic, whose government is shared between State, Region, Provincial and Municipal competences. Municipalities, Provinces and Regions are selfgoverning bodies with their own statutes, powers and functions, established by the Constitution. Italy is divided into 20 regions, five of which have special forms and types of independence. The regions, constituted in the 1970 s, exercise local administrative functions through their provinces and municipalities, which have autonomous constitutions, regulations, organizations and administrations, and laws for coordinating public sector funding. Municipalities, provinces and regions have three governing bodies: the council (a political body which decides policies and has administrative control), the executive body, which consists of council members appointed by the Mayors or Presidents, and the President (or the mayor, in the case of cities and towns). Municipalities have their own constitutions, which establish and specify their basic organizational regulations, the powers of bodies, the forms of guarantee and participation, the forms of cooperation between municipalities and provinces, the participation of citizens, decentralization, public access to information and administrative procedures. Regions have had legislative powers since the changes made in the Italian Constitution at the end of the 1990 s. There are areas (defence, foreign policy, economics, electoral laws, courts and justice, general legislation governing education, conservation of the environment and the cultural heritage) in which the power is held exclusively by the Central Government, and areas of concurrent legislation, in which regions legislate while the central government lays down the general principles (foreign trade, international relations, education, planning and the environment, major transport networks, the production and distribution of energy). In 2005, an important constitutional reform gave to the Regions exclusive competences in other fields, such as health, school and public safety. Provinces are responsible for administrative functions that concern vast inter-municipal areas or the entire province, involving protection of the environment, use of resources, the cultural heritage, waste disposal, health services and secondary education. Municipalities are responsible for all those administrative functions that concern its residents (services for individuals and the community, land use and economic development). The relationship between the local and the central government in Italy has changed significantly in recent years, thanks to important legislative reforms. With the direct election of Mayors, local legislators gained greater legitimisation and decision-making capacity, 10

13 becoming the real governing bodies of the municipalities. They are elected for a five-year term and cannot serve more than twice, the same as the Presidents of the Provinces and Regions. The financial autonomy of local authorities is based on the certainty of its own and transferred resources. One of the most important sources of income for local authorities and provinces are central government transfers based on the size of the population. Regions have financial independence covering incoming and outgoing bills. They establish and apply their own local taxes and have shares of the State tax revenue referred to their territory. Describe the economic and social structure and stability (national, regional and local) In 2006, the Italian economic system saw the beginning of an economic recovery that closed a five-year period of difficulties and brought the country closer to European standards. An increase was seen of the gross domestic product of 1.9%, estimated to reach 1.7% in Research shows that this data is the result of a renewed entrepreneurial vitality in the Country on international markets, and of great efforts of Italian economic and social subjects, as well as the connection with the European economic progress. At the same time, there is a significant transformation within the Italian social composition, which supports development producing potential energies. Some particularly significant signs make this tendency clear: first of all, even though the social make up shows an increase of elderly people, it has seen a constant demographic rise in the last years, especially in Northern Italy. Besides, the number of legal foreigners in the country has increased and holds the socio-economic integration model: decreases have taken place in the jobless rate among foreigners (8.8%); and the number of businesses run by non-europeans has increased (about 200,000 in 2005). Torino is located in the Piemonte Region in the northwestern corner of Italy, on the plain of the River Po, just south of the western Alps. It is a relatively widespread metropolitan area, and can be considered a medium-sized city on a European scale. The city of Torino is Italy s fourth largest, with a total population of 902,612 inhabitants (Comune di Torino, 2007). Torino covers an area of 130 square kilometres and has a population density of less than 7,000 persons per square kilometre. Its metropolitan area comprises 53 municipalities and has about 1,700,000 inhabitants in 1,350 square kilometres (ISTAT, 1997). The Torino Province has a population of 2,247,716 inhabitants, while the Piemonte Region has 4,352,828 habitants (31/12/06). Piemonte s population has increased dramatically in the last five years, due mostly to foreign immigration. Torino was the first Capital of Italy and after leading the process of national unification in 1860, it became Italy s major industrial city. In the past century, Torino s society and its economy were clearly concentrated on industry, mechanics and, in particular, automotive manufacturing. Torino is in many ways a laboratory-city, which has generated numerous industries in Italy: automotive, aeronautics, fashion and design, cinema, publishing, telephone, radio, television and space. In all of these sectors, Torino maintains a position of excellence. Over the past ten or fifteen years, the Torino area has undergone great transformation, involving its economic and productive apparatus, and its urban and social fabric. As in other European or North American metropolises, the large Fordist industry has been redimensioned, and the local system has had to deal with a major economic crisis caused by this de-industrialization and the need to find new ways to develop the region and to restructure Torino s role on the national and international level. The adoption of the Master Plan in 1995, the creation of a Strategic Plan in 2000 (the first Italian city to adopt a strategic plan), the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and the Second Strategic Plan in 2006 can 11

14 be considered steps of paramount importance in these changes. Thanks to the growth of leadership competence of the political class and especially of the Mayor, the city invested in various important urban projects that have physically transformed the city, have promoted and developed tourism and culture, and have changed of the image of the city. The policies of active internationalization, the requalification of the suburbs, the improvement of sustainable development and social cohesion have made Torino, today, thanks also to the success of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, an important European Regional Capital, a modern city, with a diversified economic and social structure, looking ahead for new challenges. It is characterised by the development of a knowledge economy, major investments in human capital, innovation and social cohesion, the ability to raise the level of knowledge of the entire local society, to enrich the position of the inhabitants and improve the range of opportunities, both professional and social, available to them. Torino s foreign population shows a constant increase, especially in the metropolitan area, with a progressive rise of births in foreign families, which amounted to 14% of the total births in The future challenge is the social integration of these youths, who are growing up and learning in Torino s schools, who live in the city and will be the citizens of tomorrow. In line with this, the Universities have implemented important policies to attract foreign students, especially from emerging countries such as those of South America, China, India and Pakistan. The city universities are showing an anticipation of a tendency to increase student mobility, which characterizes the entire Italian university system, opening up to the teaching of the English language and dealing with other cultures and experiences. The percentage of foreign students on the national level reaches 2%, but in some Universities, such as the Polytechnic of Turin, foreign students make up 10% in the first year classes. The presence of foreign students (about 10,000 in 2006) is a sign of the City s vitality, and of the integration capacities of the social and economic system. It can become a turning point for an integration process, and also bring together the foreign communities in Torino to create new citizenship models, stimulating the second generations to undertake university studies. 2.2 Describe the exact role that the above mentioned institutions and public authorities will be expected to play in the preparation and hosting of the Summer YOG, and provide a description of the procedures to ensure good governance and coordination between them The City of Torino, together with the Province of Torino, the Piemonte Region and the CONI, are the promoters of this first edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games. The City of Torino, in particular, which has significant experience in youth policies and over thirty years of experience in youth work, will undertake to sponsor the Games, with the technical backing of the CONI. It will offer its sports facilities and set up a large educational and cultural programme to accompany the Youth Games. The Youth Department, the Cultural Department and the Sports Department of the City of Torino will work together to teach young people the Olympic Values of a harmonious development of the mind and body. The Piedmont Region and the Province of Torino will economically support the Games on the local territory, to guarantee that they will be a special event shared by the whole population. The Region, the Province, the City of Torino and the CONI will work through T.O.P.- Torino Olympic Park. It was founded by the same institutions, and is in charge of the management of the Olympic sports venues and facilities built for the 2006 Winter Games. To coordinate the various institutions, a Directive Board will be set up, that will include representatives of the CONI, the City of Torino, the Province of Torino and the Piemonte 12

15 Region. This body will make the decisions and determine the strategies for the organization of the Summer Youth Olympic Games. 2.3 Describe the specific support provided to your project of hosting the Summer YOG by all authorities concerned (national, regional and local authorities) The Summer Youth Olympic Games will be a national event, strongly felt and lived in all of Italy. The active participation of the Minister of Youth and Sports Policies demonstrates the support of the Italian Government. This Ministry s function is to coordinate actions that will help young people in various fields, especially in economic, employment, training and sports areas. To promote the image and to support youth sports projects, the Ministry will set up an information and communication campaign to promote the Youth Olympic Games on the entire national territory. It will be directed especially to young people to inform them of the event and to promote the Olympic values and messages (see theme 1). On a local level, as it did for the Winter Olympic Games of 2006, the Ministry will encourage the strong participation and backing of all the territory institutions, along with support from the various economic, cultural and social protagonists of the area. Guarantee 2.3. to be submitted in file List all elections planned in your country at all levels until 2010 Both the City and the Province of Torino, and the Piemonte Region, are governed by a left wing majority, the same majority that currently runs the national government. The principal Institutional authorities should be stable until In 2009, provincial elections will be held, while municipal elections are scheduled for 2011 and regional elections in The next national elections in Italy are due in Identify all likely impact that the nationals and internationals obligations binding your country would have upon the organisation and staging of the Summer Youth Olympic Games, particularly with respect to competition policy or other trade and commerce-related practices Italy is a member state of the European Union and therefore it benefits from the free internal trade relations with other member countries. At the same time, it has to respect trade agreements and commerce-related policies laid down by the European Union and by other international bodies governing trade and commerce, such as WTO World Trade Organization. 13

16 Theme 3 Legal aspects 3.1 Fulfilment of obligations and respect of the Olympic Charter and Youth Olympic Games Host City Contract Provide a covenant from all authorities concerned by your project of hosting the Summer Youth Olympic Games guaranteeing the following: The respect of the provisions of the Olympic Charter and Youth Olympic Games Host City Contract (YHCC) The understanding and agreement that all commitments made are binding Taking the necessary steps so that the city fulfils its obligations completely Local authorities at regional, provincial and city level, as well as the central government attribute a great importance to the organisation of the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games by Italy, giving their commitment from now onwards to provide all the necessary support to the candidature of the city of Torino for the organisation of the Games and to supply all the guarantees requested by IOC. Guarantee to be provided in file Word Mark ( City ) 2010 and domain name protection Provide a documentation indicating that appropriate measures have been taken or will be taken to: protect the word mark Torino 2010 within the host territory register domain names that are of value to your candidature such as Torino 2010 followed by exstensions.com.net.org as well as the country code concerned In compliance with what is requested by the Olympic Charter, actions have been put in place in order to protect the Torino2010 mark. The registration procedure for the Torino2010 Mark is underway as well as the registration of the domains. Torino2010 domains with.org -.com -.it extensions have already been booked, negotiations are underway with the current owners to recover their use. Torino Bidding Committee booked the Torino2010.net domain, and the registration of YOGTorino2010 domains with extensions.it-.com-.net-.org is currently underway. Guarantee to be provided in file Olympic Mark Protection Describe the legal measures in force in your country to protect the Olympic symbol, emblems, logos, marks and other YOG related marks and designations. What Commitments do you already have in place from the government of your country to such effect Activities against ambush marketing is fundamental to defend the integrity of the Olympic image and to guarantee a future to the Olympic Movement. 14

17 The Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games obtained the approval by the Italian Government on 17th August 2005, of Law 167 to safeguard intellectual rights. This validity of this law ended on December 31, 2006, however the Italian government will ensure a similar law in view of the Youth Olympic Games in order to protect the Olympic symbol, emblems, logos, marks and other Youth Olympic Games related marks and designations Provide a declaration from the government of your country stipulating that all necessary legal measures have been taken, to protect the above mentioned Olympic related marks and designations in the name of IOC Guarantee to be provided in file Detail of prior agreements, if any Has the IOC Candidate city, Bidding Committee or the NOC entered into any agreements which would be in effect after the date of election of the Host City for the Summer YOG and which have not been previously approved or agreed by the IOC?, if so please describe it. Please confirm that these agreements would not jeopardise, prevent or make impossible the fulfilment of any provision of the YOG contracts CONI entered a marketing agreement with OCTAGON Inc. which covers the period from 28th June th June It is hereby confirmed that the above-mentioned agreement between CONI and OCTAGON Inc. will not jeopardise, prevent or make impossible the fulfilment of any provision of the Youth Olympic Games Host City Contract. 3.5 Legal Entity Name and describe the legal Entity of the Bidding Committee Provide a declaration from your city authorities confirming that the Bidding Committee is empowered to represent the YOG Candidate City and indicate the names of the persons and/or their titles who have the authority to sign contracts and other documents(such as the Undertaking and the Host City Contract) on behalf of the city. The Bidding Committee is the organism (Committee) having the function of official representative of the City of Torino in preparing the Candidature file with the objective to host the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games of On the 5 th of October, this Committee was set up with representatives of the principal Local, Provincial and Regional Administrative Authorities and the CONI The Mayor of the city of Torino has been appointed as President of the Bidding Committee. Guarantee to be provided in File 1 15

18 3.5.2 Name and describe the legal entity (YOGOC) that would be responsible for the organisation of the Summer Youth Olympic Games, should your city be elected as the Host City. The name of the organisation in charge of the preparation of the Candidature of the City of Torino to host the First Youth Olympic in 2010 is a Committee called: Bidding Committee for the Youth Olympic Games Torino The Bidding Committee is made up of 35 people including Government, NOC, IOC and Torino representatives. Should the City of Torino be chosen to host the First Summer Youth Olympic Games an Organising Committee (Committee) will be set up with non-profit purposes, in compliance with the Olympic Charter and Host City Contract, participated by the Comune di Torino, Provincia di Torino, Regione Piemonte and CONI. The legal entity will be set up under the name: Organising Committee for the First Youth Olympic Games Torino

19 Theme 4 Customs and Immigration Formalities 4.1 Describe the Regulation currently in Force in Your Country regarding immigration and Entry Visa Citizens from countries in the EU have free access to Italy. This provision also covers immigration and entry visas. Italy was one of the founding members of the EU and has adhered to the terms of the Schengen Treaty, which stipulates that citizens of all signatory countries may circulate freely within the territory. This privilege has been extended to citizens of any country who have entry visas to any of the countries which adhere to the Treaty, or who habitually reside therein. In addition to this, law No. 40, 6/03/1998 stipulates that citizens of countries which have not signed bilateral or multilateral agreements with Italy concerning immigration may enter the country freely as long as they are in possession of a valid passport and entry visa. There are no regulations in force, which could impede the Games in any way. Special conditions will be guaranteed to members of the Olympic Team, regarding free entry to Italy and their stay therein Give precise details of the health and vaccination recommendations or regulations for persons entering Your Country Italian law does not stipulate vaccinations against any particular diseases for those who wish to enter the country. However, travellers from any countries where there is an epidemic may be required to have specific vaccinations. This is in line with WHO directives and applies to extremely serious cases concerning outbreaks of highly contagious diseases, which can be transmitted by air, mouth or faecal matter. The WHO updates information concerning new outbreaks of contagious or endemic diseases on an almost daily basis: should such outbreaks occur, the Italian National Health Authority will ensure that preventive steps are taken regarding travellers from countries at risk. These steps will involve extra checks at border posts, in particular, at airports. Any such preventive measure will be fully explained via an information service for travellers. This will involve leaflets illustrating the symptoms of the diseases in question in their place of origin and will include the addresses of health centres to be contacted in the case that any signs of illness should occur. Where necessary, medical visits will be arranged: in the case that any disease is confirmed arrangements will be made for the patient to be put under the care of the National Health Service. In line with WHO directives, preventive measures will be mainly directed at countries where outbreaks of cholera are common as cholera is a highly contagious disease which must be kept under constant control. 4.3 Describe the procedures that will be implemented in order to grant free access with free of charge entry visas (when applicable) into the country for accredited participants and provide a guarantee from the relevant authorities that accredited persons shall be able to enter into the country and carry out their function for the duration of the Youth Olympic Games and for a period not exceeding one month before and one month after the Summer Youth Olympic Games 17

20 Italy will permit Olympic Identity Card holders to enter the country, and remain therein, for a period of time not exceeding one month before and one month after the Games. This is in line with Article 65 of the Olympic Charter and Italy will act in accordance with an obligation dependent on international agreements or conventions at the time of the Games. A procedure will be followed similar to the one adopted during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games of Torino; it established that by Special Decree of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers: Each Entry Visa is linked to the accreditation and automatically allows the holders to work for a determined period. Olympic Identity Card holders will not be prevented from carrying out their duties and functions during the duration of their stay in Italy. Guarantee to be provided in file Provide a guarantee stating that the temporary entry of certain personnel into your country for the organisation of the Summer Youth Olympic Games will be authorized and that such persons will obtain appropriate work permits in a expedited and simplified manner. Guarantee to be provided in file Specify, if applicable, any regulations concerning the import of special products and equipment required by accredited persons to carry out their duties at the Summer Youth Olympic Games: e.g. firearms and ammunition (for sports competitions), photographic and audio-visual equipment, medical equipment and products, computer equipment, foodstuffs, etc Italy is a signatory of the Convention concerning the temporary admittance of goods, signed in Istanbul on 26 June This Convention is the most advanced of its kind at an international level. Italy is also a signatory of numerous other conventions which regard customs formalities, e.g. the Customs Convention signed in Brussels on 1 August 1961 is designed to facilitate the import of goods for use in exhibitions, trade fairs and similar events. In accordance with these regulations, any goods temporarily imported into Italy on the occasion of the Olympic Games will not be subject to the payment of duty or import taxes. This also applies to equipment to be used by newspaper, radio or TV journalists. Italy has already played host to various sporting and political events on an international scale. At the time of these events, the Italian authorities took the necessary steps to simplify customs procedures considerably. These steps included exemption from the presentation of customs documents for the import of goods. The Italian Government will guarantee these kinds of simplified procedures should Torino be chosen to host the Games. Similarly, advertising material, sports and other equipment, food and pharmaceutical products (the latter with the agreement of the National Health Authority) will be exempt from duty. This is in accordance with regulations currently in force in this sphere (with particular reference to EU Regulation No. 918, 28/03/83). As already indicated above, any goods or technology relevant to the organization of the Games may be imported into Italy. This includes audiovisual and photographic equipment, medical instruments and machinery, computers, etc. In addition, there are no specific 18

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