Francesco Saverio Romano

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Francesco Saverio Romano
Francesco Saverio Romano daticamera.jpg
Minister of Agriculture
In office
23 March 2011 – 16 November 2011
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Giancarlo Galan
Succeeded by Mario Catania
Personal details
Born (1964-12-24) 24 December 1964 (age 52)
Nationality Italian
Political party Forza Italia
Other political
Christian Democracy
(until 1994)
Italian People's Party
United Christian Democrats
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats
The Populars of Italy Tomorrow
Alma mater University of Palermo

Francesco Saverio Romano (born 24 December 1964) is an Italian politician, who served as the minister of agriculture in 2011.

Early life and education[edit]

Romano was born in Palermo on 24 December 1964.[1] He holds a law degree, which he received from the University of Palermo in 1988.[1] He was a board member of the Opera Universitaria.[1] He became a member of the Christian Democracy party when he was a university student.[1]


Romano became a member of the provincial council of Palermo in 1990.[1] From 1993 to 1994 he served as the councillor for viability.[1] From 1997 to 2001 he was the president of IRCAC, a credit institution in Sicily.[1] He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies from his constituency, Bagheria, in 2001.[1] He was the secretary of state for labour in the third cabinet of Silvio Berlusconi.[1] He was reelected to the Chamber in the 2008 elections.[1] Romano left Christian Democracy party in September 2010.[2]

On 23 March 2011, he was appointed agriculture minister to the fourth cabinet led by Berlusconi in a cabinet reshuffle.[3] Romano replaced Giancarlo Galan in the post.[4] Romano's term ended on 16 November 2011 and he was replaced by Mario Catania as agriculture minister.[5][6]


Just before his appointment as agriculture minister Romano was under investigation due to allegations about Mafia association and corruption.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Il Ministro". Agricoltura Italian Online. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "New Agro Minister sworn in despite president's reservations". La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno. ANSA. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2013. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Italian minister Francesco Saverio Romano accused of mafia links". The Australian. Rome. AFP. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Italy, new agriculture minister, with polemics". GreenMed. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Francesca Giuliani (16 November 2011). "The Who's Who of the Monti Government". i-Italy. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Romano Francesco Saverio - PT". Italian Parliament. Retrieved 4 June 2013.