Former President of the Council, Italy
Enrico Letta has been the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic. He was sworn in as President of the Council of Ministers on 28 April 2013.
He was Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister of the centre-left government led by Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008.
He served as Minister for EU Affairs (1998-1999), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts (January-April 2000, during the second D’Alema Government) and as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts and Foreign Trade (2000-2001, during the second Amato Government).
He heads an independent think tank, Arel, founded by the late Beniamino Andreatta. He is also Vice Chairman of Aspen Institute Italia, President of the Italy-Spain Dialogue Forum, and a member of the Trilateral Commission.
He was born in Pisa and he spent the first years of his life in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD in European Union Law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa.
He has been a member of the Italian Parliament since 2001, excluding from 2004 to 2006 when he was a member of the European Parliament.
He also served as deputy secretary of the Democratic Party (PD) from 2009 to 2013.
He is the author of many books on international and economic affairs, with particular reference to EU enlargement, including: Euro sì – Morire per Maastricht (Laterza, 1997); Dialogo intorno all’Europa (with L. Caracciolo, Laterza, 2002); L’allargamento dell’Unione Europea (Il Mulino, 2003); L’Europa a Venticinque (Il Mulino, 2005); In questo momento sta nascendo un bambino (Rizzoli, 2007); Costruire una Cattedrale (Mondadori, 2009) and L’Europa è finita? (with L. Caracciolo, ADD Editore 2010)
He is 47 years old. He is married with Gianna and they have three children: Giacomo, Lorenzo and Francesco.
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