Vasco Errani

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Vasco Errani
Vasco Errani 2011.jpg
8th President of Emilia-Romagna
In office
3 March 1999 – 8 July 2014
Preceded by Antonio La Forgia
Succeeded by Stefano Bonaccini
President of the Conference of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces
Assumed office
13 May 2005
Preceded by Enzo Ghigo
Succeeded by Sergio Chiamparino
Personal details
Born (1955-05-17) 17 May 1955 (age 60)
Massa Lombarda, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party PCI (1970–1991)
PDS (1991–1998)
DS (1998–2007)
PD (2007–present)
Relations Married
Residence Bologna
Alma mater University of Bologna
Profession Politician

Vasco Errani (born 17 May 1955) is an Italian politician. A member of the Democratic Party (PD), of which he was a founding member in 2007,[1] he has been President of Emilia-Romagna since 1999, being the longest-serving one of all time.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Errani started his political career in Ravenna in the late 1970s by joining the Italian Communist Party (PCI), which evolved as the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS) in 1991 and the Democrats of the Left (DS) in 1998. In this capacity he was municipal councillor in Ravenna from 1983 through 1995, when he was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna and co-opted in the Regional Government as under-secretary to the Presidency. In 1997 he was appointed regional minister of Tourism. Finally, in 1999, he was elected President of the Region by the Legislative Assembly.[3]

In 2000, when the first direct election took place, Errani was overwhelmingly elected President with 56.5% of the vote.[4] In 2005 he was re-elected by a landslide 62.7% of the vote against the 35.2% of his closest opponent.[5]

In 2010 Errani was elected President for a third consecutive time, but with a slimmer share of 52.1%.[6]

Errani was chosen as president of the State–Regions Conference by fellow presidents in 2005, after having been its deputy in 2000–2005.[3] In the 2010 regional elections the centre-left lost its majority in the Conference and Roberto Formigoni, longtime President of Lombardy, claimed the post. However, Errani was re-elected thanks to the decisive support of Lega Nord.[7][8][9]

In 2012 during the earthquakes in Emilia, Errani was nominated special commissioner for the reconstruction, by the Prime Minister Monti and the chief the Protezione Civile Franco Gabrielli.

Legal problems[edit]

In 2012, Vasco Errani ends under investigation, because the cooperative "Terremerse", owned by his brother, received a financing of one million Euro for the construction of a factory farm, by the Region Emilia-Romagna. Errani is under investigation for fraudulent misrepresentation: the impeachment is of having provided misleading information to the investigating magistrate. On 8 November 2012 Errani was acquitted and declared innocent because the fact was not.