Paolo Gentiloni

Paolo Gentiloni

Italian journalist and politician. A professional journalist, he was Editor of Nuova Ecologia, the periodical issued by Legambiente. An expert in communications, in the 1990s he was spokesman for the Mayor of Rome, Francesco Rutelli and then Councillor for Tourism and the Jubilee. He was Chairman of the RAI supervisory committee (2005-2006) and Minister of Communications (2006-2008). From 31 October 2014 to 12 December 2016 he was Minister for Foreign Affairs in Renzi’s government. On 11 December 2016, after Renzi’s resignation, the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella asked him to form a new government, a task he accepted conditionally. On the following day he officially accepted the position and was sworn in as Prime Minister. He also became Minister for Regional Affairs ad interim following the resignation of Enrico Costa on 19 July 2017 and acting Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy, following the resignation of Maurizio Martina on 13 March 2018. Gentiloni remained in office until 1 June 2018, the day the new government headed by Giuseppe Conte was sworn in. In the same year he published the book La sfida impopulista. Da dove ripartire per tornare a vincere. In 2019 he was elected as President of the Democratic Party, an office terminating in 2020, and in September 2019 he was proposed by President Von der Leyen as European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, a position he took up on 1 December of the same year.

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