|Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats|
1 July 2014
|Preceded by||Martin Schulz (Acting)|
|President of the European Parliament
18 June 2014 – 1 July 2014
|Preceded by||Martin Schulz|
|Succeeded by||Martin Schulz|
19 November 1958 |
|Political party||Socialist Party (Before 1994)
Labour Federation (1994–1998)
Democrats of the Left (1998–2007)
Democratic Party (2007–present)
Gianni Pittella (born Giovanni Saverio Furio Pittella; Lauria, 19 November 1958) is an Italian politician from Basilicata. He has been president of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the second largest political group in the European Parliament, since 2014, and he has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1999. He is a member of the Italian Democratic Party (PD).
Local and national political career
Following the political career of his father, the former member of the Senate of the Italian Republic (1972 – 1983), Domenico Pittella, he was a member of the Italian Socialist Party, Labour Federation and Democrats of the Left.
At the age of 21, he was elected to the municipal council of his hometown Lauria and a year later became a member of the regional council of Basilicata with responsibility for training, culture and productive activities.
After graduating in medicine and surgery and later specialising in legal and forensic medicine, Pitella remained very much involved in local and national politics. In 1996 he was elected to the Italian Parliament.
European political career
In 1999 European Parliament election he was elected to the European Parliament and became a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. He was re-elected in 2004, 2009 and 2014. In the European Parliament he was leader of the Italian delegation within the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats and also one of the 14 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament from 14 July 2009 to 1 July 2014.
On 6 June 2014 Pittella was elected with 96% of the vote as the President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, the second largest political group at the European Parliament and the only one with members from all 28 EU member states. As leader of the Socialists and Democrats, Gianni is committed to fighting inequalities by shoring up growth and employment in the EU.
Personal life and family
Besides his political work, Gianni is the author of several books on the future and challenges of the European project such as a Brief History of the Future of the United States of Europe (2013). He is also a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia's London Academy of Diplomacy.
Gianni Pittella is married and has two children.
In September 2013 Pittella's younger brother, Marcello, a fellow Socialist, Labourite, Democrat of the Left and finally Democrat and very close to his brother Gianni, won the centre-left primary for President of Basilicata. In November he was elected President by a landslide.
Here is a summary of Pittella's biography:
- Graduate in Medicine, specialization in Forensic pathology
- Member of the Italian Socialist Party, regional secretary of Young Socialists in Basilicata
- 1979: Municipal councillor in Lauria (Italian Socialist Party)
- 1980: Member of the Regional Council of Basilicata (Italian Socialist Party)
- 1996: Member of the Chamber of Deputies (Labour Federation)
- 1999: Member of the European Parliament (Democrats of the Left, Democratic Party)
- 2009: Vice President of the European Parliament
- 2014: President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
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- Personal profile of Gianni Pittella in the European Parliament's database of members
- Declaration (PDF) of financial interests (Italian)
|President of the European Parliament
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|Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats