Roberto Dipiazza (born February 1, 1953 in Aiello del Friuli, Province of Udine) is an Italian entrepreneur and politician, mayor of Muggia (in the Province of Trieste) in 1996-2001, and mayor of Trieste in 2001-2011.
His political debut happened in 1996 when he was elected mayor of Muggia as the leader of a centre-right coalition. His administration claimed to have renovated the old town and to have revived tourism thanks mainly to the new “Porto S. Rocco”, considered one of the most highly rated yacht clubs in the northern Adriatic Sea, built with international entrepreneurs’ support.
He claimed also to have succeeded in improving cross border relations between Italy and Slovenia thanks to the setting up of new business relations between Italian and Slovene multi-utility (gas, water, electricity) companies.
In 2001 he was elected mayor of Trieste with the support of a centre right coalition.
His political program focused on a new role for the city of Trieste linked to the eastern expansion of the European Union, the trade development of the port, the reorganization of the so-called “porto vecchio”, and the strengthening of the links between the city and its international institutes of advanced studies and applied research.
He also supported sports activities and became president of the second division basketball team “Pallacanestro Trieste 2004”.
In 2006 he was elected, for a second term, mayor of Trieste.
His program for the second term supported the vision of a city becoming the “capital” of the Adriatic region: a city able to offer qualified services and founding its economical revival on trading and on increased port activities, its age-old tradition.
His administration claimed to have started a “renaissance” of the city, fuelled by new initiatives in scientific research and by the policy of making Trieste an exclusive centre for tourists, both from Italy and from central eastern Europe countries. The increase of holiday cruisers calling in Trieste, a result actually achieved by the "Autorità portuale" (an apolitical port-related institution), and the newly reconversion of the old fish market building into a contemporary art gallery were seen by his supporters as important steps in this direction. The goal to reduce the “ICI” (a local tax on Real estate) was Di Piazza’s priority which implied a strict intervention on public expenses without touching the running of the municipality’s administrative structure and services, and it was a matter of debate in the city whether the services were really not touched.
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