Claudio Scajola

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Claudio Scajola
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Minister of Economic Development
In office
8 May 2008 – 4 May 2010
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Pier Luigi Bersani
Succeeded by Silvio Berlusconi (ad interim)
Personal details
Born (1948-01-15) 15 January 1948 (age 66)
Imperia
Nationality Italian
Political party Forza Italia (2013-present)
Other political
affiliations
Christian Democracy (1970s-1994)
Forza Italia (1994-2009)
The People of Freedom (2009-2013)
Alma mater University of Genoa

Claudio Scajola (born 15 January 1948 in Imperia) is an Italian politician.

Career[edit]

A long-time Christian Democrat, he was mayor of Imperia in the eighties, as his father and his brother had been. When Christian Democracy disbanded, he joined Forza Italia in 1995. He was then elected deputy in 1996 and was national coordinator of the party from 1996 to 2001 (and again in 2003). Minister Scajola has been a strong advocate for the Italian re-entry into commercial use of nuclear power for the generation of electricity.

He was minister of interior from 2001 to 2002 and later minister of productive activities in the third cabinet of Silvio Berlusconi.[1] In 2006 he was elected President of committee for control on Secret Service of Italian Parliament.

He has been nicknamed SkyOla because allegedly has been using Alitalia airplanes for private use. An unnecessary air route has been created from Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport to Villanova d'Albenga International Airport which he uses regularly for traveling from and to his parliamentary job, rarely it is used by other passengers.[2] This scandal was exposed in 2008 by the RAI television program AnnoZero.

After the elections of 2008, Scajola was the minister of economic development.

In April 2010 Italian newspapers wrote that Scajola, in July 2004, reportedly used €1,100,000 in slush funds to buy a flat in Rome near the Colosseum At least €900,000 of those funds where reportedly traced as coming from Diego Anemone, a real estate developer under accusation of public servants bribing.[3][4] In May 2010, Scajola resigned from office.

Arrest[edit]

On the 8th of May 2014, Scajola was arrested for aiding the escape of Amedeo Matacena, an ex member of parliament accused of criminal involvement with the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, and remains in police custody.[5]

Notable statements[edit]

On June 2002 Scajola is in Cyprus talking to journalists and say: "Marco Biagi was only a jerk, only thinking about the renewal of his contract". Marco Biagi was killed by terrorists on March 2002 and Scajola was home minister. Scajola had to resign because of this sentence on 4 July 2002. Despite this, Berlusconi continued to consider him as one of the good ones.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Italy: Berlusconi Iii Sworn In; Likely to Be Confirmed This Week". Wikileaks. 26 April 2005. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Sergio Rizzo, Le doppie dimissioni del ministro di sangue dc, "Corriere della sera", 10 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Scajola, le carte che accusano", La Repubblica, 30 April 2010
  4. ^ "Scajola, le nuove accuse", Corriere della Sera, 30 April 2010
  5. ^ "Scajola arrestato dalla Dia: "Ha favorito la latitanza dell'ex deputato Matacena"". La Repubblica. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

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Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Deputy
since 1996
Legislatures: XIII, XIV, XV, XVI
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Enzo Bianco
Minister of the Interior
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Pisanu
Preceded by
Giuseppe Pisanu
Minister of Platform Accomplishment
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Stefano Caldoro
Preceded by
Antonio Marzano
Minister of Productive Activities
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Pier Luigi Bersani
as Minister of Economic Development
Preceded by
Enzo Bianco
President of COPACO
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Francesco Rutelli
Preceded by
Pier Luigi Bersani
Minister of Economic Development
2008-2010
Succeeded by
Silvio Berlusconi
acting
Party political offices
Preceded by
Cesare Previti
National Coordinator of Forza Italia
1996–2001
Succeeded by
Roberto Antonione
Preceded by
Roberto Antonione
National Coordinator of Forza Italia
2003
Succeeded by
Sandro Bondi
New title President of the President's Committee of Forza Italia
since 2004
Incumbent