Piero Fassino

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Piero Fassino
Piero Fassino - Trento 2013.JPG
19th Mayor of Turin
Assumed office
May 16, 2011
Preceded by Sergio Chiamparino
Minister of Justice
In office
April 25, 2000 – June 11, 2001
Prime Minister Giuliano Amato
Preceded by Oliviero Diliberto
Succeeded by Roberto Castelli
Minister of Foreign Trade
In office
October 21, 1998 – April 25, 2000
Prime Minister Romano Prodi
Preceded by Augusto Fantozzi
Succeeded by Enrico Letta
as Minister of Industry, Commerce and Craftsmanship
Personal details
Born (1949-10-07) October 7, 1949 (age 65)
Avigliana, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anna Maria Serafini
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]

Piero Franco Rodolfo Fassino (born October 7, 1949 in Avigliana, Piedmont) is an Italian politician with the Democratic Party, the current Mayor of Turin and a former national secretary of the Democrats of the Left party.[2]


Piero Fassino was born in Avigliana (province of Turin), in a traditional socialist family.

He graduated in Political Sciences and later registered with the Youth Communist Federation of Turin in 1968, becoming their secretary three years later.

In 1975 he was elected as Member of the City Council of the Piedmont regional capital, a position he remained in for ten years. From 1985 to 1990 he held a position as Provincial Councillor, also in Turin.

He was also secretary of the provincial Italian Communist Party (PCI) federation of Turin from 1983 to 1987, when he was elected as member of the National Secretary's Office of the party, first as the Secretary's Office Coordinator, then as Responsible of Organization, during the period where the party was transformed from the PCI into the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS).

From 1991 to 1996 he was International Secretary of the new party; his first election to the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of the Italian parliament) was in 1994. Re-elected in 1996, he was appointed in 1998 as Minister for Foreign Commerce in the government headed by Massimo D'Alema. From 2000, he was Minister of Justice in the Giuliano Amato government.[2]

Candidate as vice-premier of The Olive Tree coalition in a ticket with former Rome Mayor Francesco Rutelli for the 2001 general elections in Italy won by the House of Freedoms rival coalition, he was still re-elected as a Member of Parliament.

In 2001, during the National Party Congress of the Democrats of the Left, he was elected as secretary (a position of leader in Italian political parties). He was then re-elected in February 2005, during the last party congress.

America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2010.

He is married with Anna Maria Serafini who was elected in Italian Senate (the second chamber of the Italian parliament) in 2006.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Fassino: credo in Dio e sono cattolico da sempre" (in Italian). l'Unità. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Prodi Clears Final Hurdle as Deficit Pressures Mount May 11, 2006, Bloomberg L.P.. Accessed 15 April 2009. Archived 15 April 2009.
Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Luca Basso
Deputy for Constituency I, College 16 – Venaria Reale
College abolished
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Deputy for Constituency I – Piedmont
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Political offices
Preceded by
Augusto Fantozzi
Italian Minister of Foreign Trade
Succeeded by
Enrico Letta
as Minister of Industry
Preceded by
Oliviero Diliberto
Italian Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Roberto Castelli
Preceded by
Sergio Chiamparino
Mayor of Turin
since 2011
Diplomatic posts
New title European Union Special Envoy for Burma
since 2007
Party political offices
Preceded by
Walter Veltroni
Secretary of the Democrats of the Left
Succeeded by
Walter Veltroni
as Secretary of the Democratic Party
New title Democratic Party Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs
Title abolished
New title Head of Democratic Party Foreign Affairs Department
since 2007