Enrico Rossi (politician)

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Enrico Rossi
Enrico Rossi 2016.jpg
7th President of Tuscany
Assumed office
30 March 2010
Preceded by Claudio Martini
Mayor of Pontedera
In office
Personal details
Born (1958-08-25) 25 August 1958 (age 59)
Bientina, Pisa, Italy
Political party Italian Communist Party
Democratic Party of the Left
Democrats of the Left
Democratic Party
Democrats and Progressives
Alma mater University of Pisa
Profession Journalist

Enrico Rossi (born 25 August 1958) is an Italian politician, since 2010 President of Tuscany.[1]

Early life[edit]

Enrico Rossi was born in Bientina, on 25 August 1958. He was educated in secondary school focusing on humanities in Pontedera. In 1982, aged 24, he was graduated in philosophy to the University of Pisa with a thesis on Ágnes Heller.

In 1985, he wrote for the Il Tirreno and joined in the Italian Communist Party. In the same time, he became assessor and deputy mayor of Pontedera. In 1990, Rossi was elected mayor of Pontedera. He was re-elected in 1994, and during his second term, Rossi fought against the move of the Piaggio from Pontedera to Nusco. In 2000, he was elected regional councillor for the Democrats of the Left and appointed as assessor to healthcare in the Claudio Martini Administration. During The Olive Tree primary elections on 20 February 2005, he received the most votes of any candidate in Tuscany. In 2005, he was reconfirmed as regional councillor and assessor of healthcare.[2]

President of Tuscany[edit]

In 2009, the Democratic Party approved at unanimity his candidacy as President of Tuscany.[3] His coalition, Democratic Tuscany (Italian: Toscana Democratica, TD), included the Democratic Party itself, Italy of Values, Left Ecology Freedom and the Federation of the Left.

In the Tuscan election of 2010, Rossi won with 59.7% of votes. In Tuscan election of 2015, he was re-elected as President with 48.1% of votes. He's healthcare program was also praised by Giulio Tremonti, a political opposer.[4]


In June 2011, Rossi launched Giovanisì.[5] The program, cost €400 million and advantaged 100,000 youngs, comprised right to education, help to vocational education, civil service, credits to specialization studies and contribution to pay the rent.

From June 2011 to February 2014, there were 14,251 interships, 5,637 announcement for houses accepted, 4,000 projects to civil service, 1,500 young business financed, 80,000 benefits of scholarships. The European Commissioner László Andor acclaimed the Rossi's program, based on a similar European project.[6]

Solidary Tuscany[edit]

The program Solidary Tuscany ("Toscana Solidale")[7] was created for a war on poverty, to support the more poor families and workers. The program include a baby bonus of €700 for infant, €700 for disabled children, €700 annual for numerous families, €3,000 of credit for occasional workers.

Spending review[edit]

Enrico Rossi launched a cut of the public spending. Since 2011, he earnt the lowest pay between the Presidents of Region in Italy, like his assessors and the regional councillors.[8] In May 2012, he sold off the "blue cars" (free public car of the Italian politicians) in favour of methane-powered Fiat Puntos.[9] Regional officeholders travel in second class with trains, on budget airlines and from 2009 the spending of the Rossi Administration and staff was reduced of 60%. In 2011 the number of regional councillors decreased from 65 to 55 and the assessors from 14 to 10. From the 2015, the life annuity has been abolished.[10]

Other issues[edit]

Frequently, Rossi ask for a better public transport, mainly trains. He asked the central government not to renew Trenitalia's contract, but launch a European tender.[11] Rossi exposed the poor condition of the trains, and demanded better public funding.[12]

In 2013, Rossi created a new waste plan, with the proposal to realize 70% waste sorting by 2020, without new waste plants.[13]

In 2014, Rossi created a landscape plan that protects 365 areas from possible "Ecomonsters" (buildings that spoil the landscape).[14]

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