Mercedes Bresso

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Mercedes Bresso
Mercedes Bresso, presidenta del Comité de las Regiones reunida con el lehendakari Patxi López en el palacio de Ajuria Enea.jpg
Mercedes Bresso in a meeting with Patxi López, president of the Basque Autonomous Community in 2010
President of Piedmont
In office
April 27, 2005 – March 28, 2010
Preceded by Enzo Ghigo
Succeeded by Roberto Cota
President of the Committee of the Regions
In office
June 9, 2010 – July 18, 2012
Preceded by Luc Van den Brande
Succeeded by Ramón Luis Valcárcel
Personal details
Born (1944-07-12) 12 July 1944 (age 70)
Sanremo, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Democratic Party
Residence Turin

Mercedes Bresso (born 12 July 1944) is an Italian politician and former President of the Piedmont Region. She is a member of the Democratic Party (coming from Democrats of the Left). After her election as governor of Piedmont, she resigned from the office as Member of European Parliament. She is a Grand Officer of the Italian Republic. She is the first woman to serve as President of Piedmont.

In February 2010, she was elected President of the Committee of the Regions. In July 2012 Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso took over the presidency; Mercedes Bresso then became First Vice-President of the institution for a period of 2.5 years.

On 30 March 2010, she ran for reelection to the office of President of the Piedmont Region, but was defeated by Roberto Cota.


Brasso was born in Sanremo, Province of Imperia, Liguria. In 1969, she received her degree in Economics; since 1973, she is a University professor of economic institutions at the Politecnico di Torino – Faculty of Engineering.

From 1989 onwards, Bresso was a member of the provincial, regional and national party executives of the Democrats of the Left. 1995–2004, she was the Chairperson of the Turin Province Council, and, a Member of Regional Council (1985–1995) and of the Regional Executive (1994–1995) with responsibility for regional planning in Piedmont. She was a member of the Committee of the Regions and its Bureau 1998–2004.

Since 2002, she is the Italian Vice-Chairperson of AICCRE; 2000–2004, she was Chairperson of the World Federation of United Cities, and, 2004–2005, founding Chairperson of the Organisation Cités et Gouvernements locaux Unis.

In February 2010, Bresso was elected the first female president of the EU Committee of the Regions.

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