Mercedes Bresso in discussion about Brexit, 2016
|Member of the European Parliament|
1 July 2014
20 July 2004 – 24 May 2005
|President of the Committee of the Regions|
June 9, 2010 – July 18, 2012
|Preceded by||Luc Van den Brande|
|Succeeded by||Ramón Luis Valcárcel|
|President of Piedmont|
April 27, 2005 – March 28, 2010
|Preceded by||Enzo Ghigo|
|Succeeded by||Roberto Cota|
|President of the Union of European Federalists|
9 April 2005 – 12 October 2008
|Preceded by||Jo Leinen|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Duff|
12 July 1944 |
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Early life and career
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).
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
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. 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.
Member of the European Parliament, 2014–present
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 commiteee to explore the possibilities of the eurozone governance reform without any treaty change.
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). She is also a member of the Intergroup on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime).
- Mercedes Drives Off European Voice, March 31, 2010.
- Bresso redux European Voice, June 2, 2010.
- Quentin Ariès (September 11, 2015), Parliament reaches for a euro role Politico Europe.
- Members of the European Parliament on RUMRA) European Parliament.
- Members of the European Parliament on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime) European Parliament.
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