Fabrizio Barca

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Fabrizio Barca
Minister for Territorial Cohesion
In office
16 November 2011 – 28 April 2013
Prime MinisterMario Monti
Preceded byRaffaele Fitto
Succeeded byCarlo Trigilia
Personal details
Born (1954-03-08) 8 March 1954 (age 70)
Political partyDemocratic Party (since 2013)
Alma materRoma University
King's College, Cambridge

Fabrizio Barca (born 8 March 1954) is an Italian senior civil servant and politician, who served as a state minister without portfolio for territorial cohesion in the Monti cabinet from 2011 to 2013.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Barca was born in Turin,[3] the son of a senior member of the old Italian Communist Party (PCI).[4] He is a graduate of La Sapienza University of Rome.[5] Barca obtained a MPhil in economics from King's College, Cambridge in 1979.[6] He also carried out research activities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1989 to 1990 and at Stanford University in 1994.[5]


Barca is a lecturer in corporate finance and Italian economy history.[7] He worked as a lecturer at the universities of Bocconi, Modena, Paris (SPO), Siena, Rome and Parma.[8] Barca often taught economic development, corporate finance and Italian economic history at these universities.[9] He carried out an interesting study on the Mezzogiorno.[10]

Barca's public posts included the division chief at the research department of the Bank of Italy,[6] chief of the department of development and cohesion policies at the treasury[11] and the president of OECD's territorial policies committee (1999).[1][5] During his tenure at the Italian treasury, he worked with Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, then treasure minister.[12] In fact, Ciampi appointed Barca to this position.[13] The reason for his appointment was his being part of young leading Italian economists in the 1990s and his reputation which he had gained during his tenure at the Bank of Italy.[13]

He worked as a special advisor to the European Union commissioner responsible for regional policy.[14] In April 2009, he developed an independent report for the European Commission, entitled An agenda for a reformed cohesion policy.[5] In addition, Barca was the director of the department of development policies in the ministry of economy and finance until his appointment as minister in 2011.[8][15]

On 16 November 2011, he was appointed minister of territorial cohesion to the cabinet led by prime minister Mario Monti.[1][16] In July 2012, Barca endorsed and launched a new website that was Italy's first national web portal concerning the implementation of investments covering the period of 2007-2013 by regions and state central administrations along with cohesion policy resources. All data therein were published as open data, which makes it Italy's largest open data project.[17] Barca's tenure ended on 28 April 2013, and he was succeeded by Carlo Trigilia in the post.[18] Just before leaving office, Barca joined the Democratic Party in April 2013.[4][19]

Since 2018, he has been coordinator of the Forum Disuguaglianze e Diversità, a civil society organisation aimed at designing public policies and collective actions in order to reduce inequalities and enhance everyone's substantive freedom. [20]


In 2014 Barca published his memoir in which he described the party he desired.[21]


  1. ^ a b c "Barca, Fabrizio". Sciences Po. Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  2. ^ Agnew, Paddy (17 November 2011). "Monti sworn in as Italy's PM to wave of domestic and external approval". Irish Times. Rome. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Biografia di Fabrizio Barca". Governo Italiano. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Minister unveils blueprint for PD renewal". La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno. 12 April 2013. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d "CV Fabrizio Barca" (PDF). European Council. Retrieved 8 September 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b Morten Balling; Elizabeth Hennessy; Richard O'Brien (1998). Corporate Governance, Financial Markets and Global Convergence. Springer. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-7923-4825-2.
  7. ^ "Q&A: Monti's technocratic government for Italy". BBC. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  8. ^ a b Francesca Giuliani (16 November 2011). "The Who's Who of the Monti Government". i-Italy. Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Speaker Biographies" (PDF). OECD. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  10. ^ Manasse, Paolo (17 November 2011). "The Bocconi University Coup". EconoMonitor. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  11. ^ Arnaud, Jean-Louis (27–28 November 1998). "15 countries in a boat" (PDF). Madrid: European Union. Archived from the original (Report) on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  12. ^ Roe, Alex (17 November 2011). "March of the Technocrats: Italy's Mario Monti's Ministers". Italy Chronicles. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  13. ^ a b Gianfranco Pasquino (1 December 2000). Italian Politics: The Faltering Transition. Berghahn Books. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-57181-840-9. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  14. ^ "The biographical notes of Moderators and Panelists". MRR. 24–25 October 2011. Archived from the original on 23 October 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  15. ^ "New Italian Government" (PDF). Burson-Marsteller. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  16. ^ "Knoxville Photos". Knox News. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  17. ^ "OPENCOESIONE English home page". Dipartimento per lo sviluppo e la coesione economica. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  18. ^ "Italy's new cabinet lineup". Xinhua. Rome. 28 April 2013. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  19. ^ "Pd/ Barca: Mi sono iscritto, è quello il luogo dove costruire". TM News. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Forum Disuguaglianze Diversità" (in Italian). 14 February 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  21. ^ Lilia Giugni (27 August 2014). "The Italian left at a crossroads: Where now for the PD?". Policy Network. Retrieved 21 November 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Raffaele Fitto
Minister for Territorial Cohesion
2011 – 2013
Succeeded by