Luigi Berlinguer

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Luigi Berlinguer
Luigi Berlinguer.jpg
Minister of Education
In office
Minister of Universities, Science and Technology
In office
April 1993 – April 1994
Personal details
Born (1932-07-25) 25 July 1932 (age 82)
Nationality Italian
Political party Partito Democratico
Alma mater University of Sassari
Website Official website

Luigi Berlinguer (born 25 July 1932) is an Italian politician, who served in different cabinets of Italy. He is a member of Partito Democratico.

Early life and education[edit]

Berlinguer was born in Sassari on 25 July 1932.[1] He is the cousin of Enrico Berlinguer, late communist leader.[2] He obtained a law degree from the University of Sassari in 1955.[3]


Berlinguer served as mayor of Sennori.[4] He was the president of the University of Siena until April 1993 when he was appointed minister of universities, science and technology to the Ciampi cabinet.[2] He is a member of Partito Democratico.[5] He was one of the three ex-communists in the cabinet.[2][6] Then he served as the minister of education between 1996 and 2000 in the cabinets led first by Romano Prodi and then by Massimo D'Alema.[7] He was also acting minister of universities, science and technology from 1996 to October 1998.[8] He was succeeded by Oreste Zecchino as minister.[9] In addition, he served both at the Italian parliament and the Italian senate.[4]

He has been serving as a member of the European Parliament since 2009 and part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.[5] In the parliament he has been the first vice-chair of the committee on legal affairs and member of the committee on culture and education since 2009.[4]


In 2011, Berlinguer received MEP award of the European Parliament in the field of culture and education.[10]


  1. ^ "Luigi Berlinguer". European Parliament. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Clough, Patricia (29 April 1993). "Ex-Communists join Italy's reform government". The Independent (Rome). Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". European Parliament. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "SAA Conference". Society of Audiovisual Authors. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Luigi Berlinguer". Political Memory. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Peggy Polk (29 April 1993). "Non-politician Puts Italy on Fresh Course". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Speakers". AIB-WEB. 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Biggin, Susan (30 October 1998). "Reforms at Final Stage Under New Minister". Science 282 (5390): 855–856. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Berlinguer bows out of ministry". Times Higher Education. 2 November 1998. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Desmond Hinton-Beales (30 November 2011). "MEP awards 2011 winners announced". The Parliament. Retrieved 18 July 2013.