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 Pier Luigi Bersani

Assumed office 
October 25, 2009
Preceded by Dario Franceschini

In office
17 May 2006 – 8 May 2008
Prime Minister Romano Prodi
Preceded by Claudio Scajola
Succeeded by Claudio Scajola

In office
22 December 1999 – 11 June 2001
Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema
Preceded by Tiziano Treu
Succeeded by Pietro Lunardi

In office
18 May 1996 – 22 December 1999
Prime Minister Romano Prodi
Preceded by Alberto Clò
Succeeded by Enrico Letta

In office
6 July 1993 – 17 May 1996
Preceded by Enrico Boselli
Succeeded by Antonio La Forgia

Born September 29, 1951 (1951-09-29) (age 58)
Bettola, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Democratic Party of Italy
Spouse(s) Daniela Ferrari
Children Elisa, Margherita
Residence Rome
Alma mater University of Bologna
Profession Teacher, Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Pier Luigi Bersani (born 29 September 1951) is an Italian politician and the current Chairman of the Democratic Party of Italy, the main center-left political party in Italy. He was Minister of Industry, Commerce and Craftmanship from 1996 to 1999, Minister of Transports from 1999 to 2001, and Minister of Economic Development from 2006 to 2008. Since his election as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Italy in October 2009, he is de facto the parliamentary opposition leader.


Early life

Pier Luigi Bersani was born September 29th 1951, in Bettola, a mountain municipality in Nure Valley, in the province of Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna region, Italy. His father was a mechanic and a gas station clerk. After earning his high-school degree in Piacenza, Bersani enrolled in the University of Bologna where he graduated in philosophy with a dissertation on Pope Gregory I. He married Mrs. Daniela Ferrari in 1980, and he has two daughters: Elisa and Margherita. After a short experience as teacher he committed his life to politics[1]

Political career

Early political career

Bersani joined the Italian Communist Party and subsequently the Democratic Party of the Left. As member of the National Secretariat of the Democrats of the Left, he was responsible for the economic sector. Very young, he became Vice-President of the Mountain Community of Piacenza, then elected in the Regional Council of Emilia-Romagna region and Vice-President of Emilia-Romagna in 1990; he was President of Emilia-Romagna from 1993 to 1996.

Center-left cabinets (1996-2001)

After the general election of 1996 he was Minister of Industry, Commerce and Craftmanship (1996-1999) and Minister of Transports (1999-2001) in the center-left cabinets of Prodi, D'Alema, Amato.

European Parliament (2004-2006)

In 2004 he was elected to the European Parliament representing the North-West region for the Democrats of the Left, part of the Socialist Group, and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. He was a substitute for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, a member of the Delegation to the European Union-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia, and a substitute for the Delegation for relations with Belarus. He left the European Parliament on his re-election to the Chamber of Deputies in 2006, and he was appointed as Minister of Economic Development in the government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi on May 17, 2006.

Prodi II Cabinet (2006-2008)

The Prodi II Cabinet assigned the Minister of Economic Development, Pier Luigi Bersani, the task of make reforms in order to achieve more market liberalization and competition. The minister responded with Decree Law 223 of 30 June 2006, later converted into Law 248/2006, popularly known as the “Bersani 1” decree on taxi drivers and pharmacies, although it addressed other sectors as well. The government’s policy of competition and liberalization would not to stop there. “Bersani 1” was followed by “Bersani 2” (decree 7 of 31 January 2007, converted into Law 40 of 2 April 2007), and then by a series of bills for the liberalization of the professions and television broadcasting, local public services, and energy, as well as the reduction and simplification of times and procedures for the start up of new businesses. Another bill proposed to rationalize the jurisdictions of the regulatory authorities, modifying and reinforcing their powers, particularly with regard to competition. Still another bill would introduce and regulate the judicial procedures for class action lawsuits[2].

Chairman of the Democratic Party of Italy (2009-)

On October 25, 2009 he defeated incumbents Dario Franceschini and Ignazio Marino in the Democratic Party leadership election, thus becoming Italy's main opposition leader, scoring 55.1% among party members[3]. Since November, 7 2009, as decided by the National Assembly, Pier Luigi Bersani officially took offise as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Italy[4].

Other activities

In 2001 Bersani co-founded with Vincenzo Visco the NENS ("New Economy, New Society") think tank[5]. He is also chairman of the Nuova Romea Society, born in 2002 with the objective of the developement of Emilia-Romagna and Veneto territories.


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Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Italian Deputy for Constituency IX, College 30 – Fidenza
Succeeded by
Massimo Tedeschi
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Italian Deputy for Constituency IX – Emilia-Romagna
since 2006
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
European Parliament
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the European Parliament
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Political offices
Preceded by
Enrico Boselli
President of Emilia-Romagna
Succeeded by
Antonio La Forgia
Preceded by
Alberto Clò
Italian Minister of Industry, Commerce and Craftsmanship
Succeeded by
Enrico Letta
Preceded by
Tiziano Treu
Italian Minister of Transports
Succeeded by
Pietro Lunardi
Preceded by
Claudio Scajola
as Italian Minister of Productive Activities
Italian Minister of Economic Development
Succeeded by
Claudio Scajola
Party political offices
New title Coordinator of the Democratic Party for Economy
Title abolished
New title Italian Shadow Minister of Economy
Title abolished
New title Head of Economy Department of the Democratic Party
Preceded by
Dario Franceschini
Secretary of the Democratic Party

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