Mercedes Bresso

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Mercedes Bresso
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Mercedes Bresso in discussion about Brexit, 2016
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
In office
20 July 2004 – 24 May 2005
President of the Committee of the Regions
In office
June 9, 2010 – July 18, 2012
Preceded by Luc Van den Brande
Succeeded by Ramón Luis Valcárcel
President of Piedmont
In office
April 27, 2005 – March 28, 2010
Preceded by Enzo Ghigo
Succeeded by Roberto Cota
President of the Union of European Federalists
In office
9 April 2005 – 12 October 2008
Preceded by Jo Leinen
Succeeded by Andrew Duff
Personal details
Born (1944-07-12) 12 July 1944 (age 73)
Sanremo, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Claude Raffestin
Residence Turin
Profession Economist

Mercedes Bresso (born 12 July 1944) is an Italian politician (Democratic Party) and member of the European Parliament.

Early life and career[edit]

Bresso was born in Sanremo, Province of Imperia, Liguria. In 1969, she received her degree in Economics; since 1973, she is a University professor of economic institutions at the Politecnico di Torino (Faculty of Engineering).

Political career[edit]

From 1989 onwards, Bresso was a member of the provincial, regional and national party executives of the Democrats of the Left. 1995–2004, she was the President of the Turin Province, and, a Member of Regional Council (1985–1995) and of the Regional Executive (1994–1995) with responsibility for regional planning in Piedmont. She was a member of the Committee of the Regions and its Bureau 1998–2004. Between 2005 and 2010, she was President of the Piedmont region.

Since 2002, she is the Italian Vice-Chairperson of AICCRE; 2000–2004, she was Chairperson of the World Federation of United Cities, and, 2004–2005, founding Chairperson of the Organisation Cités et Gouvernements locaux Unis.

Between March 2005 and October 2008, she was President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF).

President of the Committee of Region, 2010–2012[edit]

In February 2010, Bresso was elected the first female president of the European Committee of the Regions. She stood down at the end of April 2010, after being defeated on her home turf of Piedmont in her country’s regional elections.[1] Shortly after, Claudio Burlando, the president of Liguria and a fellow member of Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party, gave up his seat on the Committee of Regions so that Bresso could have it.[2]

Member of the European Parliament, 2014–present[edit]

Bresso became a Member of the European Parliament following the 2014 European elections. A member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group, she has since been serving on the Committee on Regional Development and on the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, where she serves as her parliamentary group’s coordinator. In November 2014, Bresso and Elmar Brok were appointed by the committee to explore the possibilities of the eurozone governance reform without any treaty change.[3]

In addition to her committee assignments, Bresso is a member of the parliament’s delegation for relations with Switzerland and Norway and to the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee. She is the Chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas (RUMRA).[4] She is also a member of the Intergroup on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime).[5]

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