Gianni Pittella

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Gianni Pittella
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Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded by Martin Schulz (Acting)
President of the European Parliament
In office
18 June 2014 – 1 July 2014
Vice President
Preceded by Martin Schulz
Succeeded by Martin Schulz
Personal details
Born (1958-11-19) 19 November 1958 (age 55)
Lauria, Italy
Political party Socialist Party (Before 1994)
Labour Federation (1994–1998)
Democrats of the Left (1998–2007)
Democratic Party (2007–present)

Gianni Pittella, recorded to the registry office with the names of Giovanni Saverio Furio (Lauria, 19 November 1958) is an Italian politician from Basilicata, who is Acting President of the European Parliament. He is a member of the Democratic Party (PD) and the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) parliamentary group.

Local and National Political Career[edit]

Following the political career of his father, the former member of the Senate of the Italian Republic (1972 – 1983), Domenico Pittella, he became a member of the Italian Socialist Party in his youth and, later, of the Labour Federation;then he joined the Democrats of the Left in 1998.

At the age of 21, he was elected to the municipal council of his hometown and a year later became a member of the regional council of Basilicata with responsibility for training, culture and productive activities.

After graduating in medicine and surgery (specialising in legal and forensic medicine), Gianni remained very much involved in local and national politics. In 1996, he was elected to the Italian Parliament.

Pittella took part in the 2013 Democratic Party leadership election. He came fourth (out of four) with 5.7% in the vote by party members, thus being excluded to the subsequent primary election.[1]

European Political Career[edit]

In 1999 European Parliament election, 1999 (Italy) he was elected to the European Parliament and sat in the Group of the Party of European Socialists. He was re-elected in 2004, 2009 and 2014. In the European Parliament he was leader of the Italian delegation within the Socialist Group and is now Vice President of European Parliament.

On 6th June 2014 Pittella was elected with 96% of the vote as the President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, the second largest political group in the European Parliament and the only one with members from all 28 EU member states. As leader of the Socialists and Democrats, Gianni is committed to fighting inequalities by shoring up growth and employment in the EU.

Personal life and family[edit]

Besides his political work, Gianni is the author of several books on the future and challenges of the European project such as a Brief History of the Future of the United States of Europe (2013). He is also a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia's London Academy of Diplomacy.

Gianni Pittella is married and has two children.

In September 2013 Pittella's younger brother, Marcello, a fellow Socialist, Labourite, Democrat of the Left and finally Democrat and very close to his brother Gianni,[2] won the centre-left primary for President of Basilicata.[3] In November he was elected President by a landslide.[4]


Here is a summary of Pittella's biography:[5]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Martin Schulz
President of the European Parliament

Succeeded by
Martin Schulz
Party political offices
Preceded by
Martin Schulz
Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats