Giuseppe Cossiga

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The Honourable Engineer
Giuseppe Cossiga
Undersecretary of Defence
In office
12 May 2008 – 16 November 2011
Serving with Guido Crosetto
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Deputy to the Italian Parliament
In office
30 May 2001 – 27 April 2006
Constituency 2 - Luino (Lombardy 2)
Assumed office
28 April 2006
Constituency Sardinia
Personal details
Born (1963-10-30) 30 October 1963 (age 53)
Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Forza Italia
The People of Freedom
Brothers of Italy
Parents Francesco Cossiga and Anna Sigurani
Residence Rome, Italy
Alma mater University of Rome
Occupation Engineer, politician

Giuseppe Cossiga (born 30 October 1963) is an Italian politician, member of the Forza Italia party (The People of Freedom, PdL). He became Undersecretary of State for Defence in the cabinet of Silvio Berlusconi on 12 May 2008.[1]

He is the son of the former Italian Prime Minister and former President of the Italian Republic Francesco Cossiga.


Cossiga was born in Sassari, and graduated in Aeronautical engineering at the University of Rome. He has worked in the aerospace sector and spent a significant period of time abroad in Toulouse, France and in the Middle East. He also focused on roads and traffic collection and control technologies in various countries; later, he worked in the telecommunications and multimedia services sectors.

After his election as Member of Parliament (MP), he has become the person of reference for Defence-related issues in the Forza Italia party.

During the 14th Parliament, he was Member and Spokesperson of the Defence Committee, Member of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the Lower House, and Member of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry on the Mitrokhin File and on the Nazi-fascist Crimes.

He was re-elected to the 15th Parliament in the Constituency of Sardinia and appointed Member and Spokesperson for the Defence Committee of the Forza Italia Parliamentary Group. In 2008, he stood for election to the Parliament in the lists of The People of Freedom Party; he was re-elected to the 16th Parliament, again in the Constituency of Sardinia.

He has been a teacher at the Sapienza University of Rome in the "Master for Air Transports" and Chairman of the Istituto Studi e Ricerche per la Difesa, or ISTRID (Institute for Defence Studies and Research).

He is a passionate historian and a fan of military simulations, speaks English, French and Spanish, is married and has one son.


Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Title jointly held


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