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Vincenzo Scotti

In office
June 28, 1992 – July 29, 1992
Prime Minister Giuliano Amato
Preceded by Gianni De Michelis
Succeeded by Giuliano Amato

In office
October 16, 1990 – June 28, 1992
Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti
Preceded by Antonio Gava
Succeeded by Nicola Mancino

Born September 16, 1933 (1933-09-16) (age 76)
Napoli-Stemma.png Naples, Italy
Nationality Italy Italian
Political party Democrazia Cristiana
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Vincenzo Scotti (born September 16, 1933 in Naples) is an Italian politician and member of Christian Democracy (DC). Together with Arnaldo Forlani and Antonio Gava, he was one of the leader of DC's current called "Dorotea". He was Minister of the Interior and Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Born in Naples, in 1955 he graduated in economics at the Università di Roma La Sapienza.

In his early career he was responsible for Centre for Research of the Workers union CISL. In 1968 Scotti was elected as Deputy for the Christian Democracy in the Italian Parliament. Later he was Minister for Cultural Assets and Activities (1981-82), member of the Finance Commission to the House of Deputies, Undersecretary of State to the Ministry of Budget, Labour Minister, Minister for Coordination of European Community Policies, Minister of Art & Cultural Heritage and the Environment, Minister of Civil Protections, President of the Parliamentary Group for the Christian Democrats to the House of Deputies (the largest group of the Italian parliament with 230 deputies)

Despite Scotti's alleged contact with the Camorra, the Neapolitan mafia (see Legal issues section), during his mandate as Minister of Interior (1990-1992) laws which permitted the police authorities and the magistrates to act against the Mafia organisation were promulgated. In collaboration with judge Giovanni Falcone and US attorney Rudy Giuliani, he founded the DIA (Direzione Investigativa Antimafia), a specialised anti-mafia police force.

As Ministry of Foreign Affair, he participated in the G7 meeting in Munich which focused on the Yugoslavian crisis and represented the Prime Minister in the meetings of the Heads of Governments of the CSCE, during which the embargo of Yugoslavia and as president of the UEO was responsible for the organisation of the patrolling of international waters by Italian armed forces.

From 1969 to 1995 he taught, as professor in Development Economics, at the LUISS, a private university in Rome, Italy.

Currently, he is President of Link Campus University, the Italian branch of the University of Malta.

Legal issues

Scotti was one of the most important DC's figures in Campania. In the 1980s, together with many other members of the party, he was involved in the financial scandal which followed the reconstruction after the 1980 Irpinia earthquake, but was later acquitted due of statute of limitation. Together with that of Antonio Gava, his name was also made in the obscure kidnapping and liberation of DC member Ciro Cirillo by the Italian Red Brigades terrorist group. Scotti allegedly met Camorra boss Raffaele Cutolo in the prison at Ascoli Piceno in order to arrange to pay the ransom with Camorra money.[1]

Scotti was accused of corruption in other scandals regarding garbage management and the works for 1990 Football World Cup, but was acquitted. A sentence from Italy's Court of Accounts condemned him to pay 2,995,450 Euros for having the Italian state buy a building in Rome at a swollen price, in order to create cash for SISDE, Italy's secret service.[2]


  1. ^ La trattativa. L'Unità. 1990.  
  2. ^ Travaglio, Marco; Peter, Gomez. Se li conosci li eviti. ISBN 978-88-61-90054-7.  
Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Deputy for Naples
1968 – 1984
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Political offices
Preceded by
Salvatore Lima
Undersecretary to the Italian Minister of Balance
1976 – 1978
Succeeded by
Lucio Gustavo Abis
Preceded by
Tina Anselmi
Italian Minister of Labour
1978 – 1980
Succeeded by
Franco Foschi
New title Italian Minister of European Affairs
1980 – 1981
Succeeded by
Lucio Gustavo Abis
Preceded by
Oddo Biasini
Italian Minister of Culture
1981 – 1982
Succeeded by
Nicola Vernola
Preceded by
Michele Di Giesi
Italian Minister of Labour
1982 – 1983
Succeeded by
Gianni De Michelis
Preceded by
Loris Fortuna
Italian Minister of Civil Defense
1983 – 1984
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Zamberletti
Preceded by
Francesco Picardi
Mayor of Naples
Succeeded by
Mario Forte
Preceded by
Antonio Gava
Italian Minister of the Interior
1990 – 1992
Succeeded by
Nicola Mancino
Preceded by
Gianni De Michelis
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Giuliano Amato
Preceded by
Vittorio Craxi, Famiano Crucianelli,
Donato Di Santo, Gianni Vernetti
Undersecretary to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
2008 – present
Served alongside: Stefania Craxi, Alfredo Mantica


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