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Ottaviano Del Turco

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Ottaviano Del Turco
Del Turco in 2001
President of Abruzzo
In office
22 April 2005 – 13 July 2008
Preceded byGiovanni Pace
Succeeded byGiovanni Chiodi
Personal details
Born (1944-11-07) 7 November 1944 (age 79)
Collelongo, Italy
Political partyPSI (before 1994)
SI (1994–1998)
SDI (1998–2007)
PD (from 2007)

Ottaviano Del Turco (born 7 November 1944) is an Italian politician.

Early life[edit]

Del Turco was born in Collelongo on 7 November 1944.[1]


After a career in trade unionism in the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL), Del Turco rose to the top of Bettino Craxi's Italian Socialist Party (PSI) before it was swept away in the Tangentopoli scandals of 1992–94. Del Turco was the president of the Antimafia Commission from December 1996 to May 2000. He was Minister of Finance in the cabinet led by the then prime minister Giuliano Amato from 2000 to 2001.[2]

He was elected to the European Parliament in 2004 on the Italian Democratic Socialists (SDI) ticket and sat with the Party of European Socialists group. On 20 July 2004, he was elected chair of the committee on employment and social affairs at the parliament.[3]

On 4 April 2005 he won the election as president of his native Abruzzo as candidate for centre-left coalition The Union[4] and on 1 May resigned his seat in the European Parliament to take up this post. In 2007, he founded the Reformist Alliance (Italian: Alleanza Riformista) movement within the SDI,[5][6] with which he left the SDI and became a member of the Democratic Party (Partito Democratico, PD) at the PD's founding congress on 14 October 2007.[7] He was a member of the 45-strong national council. On 16 July 2008, he resigned as President of Abruzzo[8] and left the national council of the PD.

Legal issues[edit]

On 14 July 2008, Del Turco was arrested on suspicion of involvement in a 12.8M euro fraud in the financing of the public health system of his region. He was not charged with a crime, but was suspected of corruption and criminal association, prosecutors said. He was among 10 people arrested or placed under house arrest.[2][9]

Del Turco was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison for his involvement in the exchange of health sector bribes. He was convicted by a court in the city of Pescara on Monday 22 July 2013. The sentencing was in connection with a major 15-million-euro (US$19-million) fraud in the financing of the public health system. In addition to the jail term, he was ordered to pay more than 3 million euros in damages and given a lifetime ban on holding public office.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ottaviano Del Turco". European Parliament. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Former Italian minister arrested". BBC News. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
  3. ^ "European Parliament appoints President, Committees chairs and Commission President". CPME. 24 July 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  4. ^ "April 2005". Rulers. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Del Turco fonda Alleanza Riformista". emmelle.it (in Italian). 13 May 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Costituzione del Movimento di Alleanza Riformista". Radio Radicale (in Italian). 14 May 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  7. ^ Fatucchi, Marzio (29 June 2007). "400 socialisti scelgono il Pd". la Repubblica.it (in Italian). Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  8. ^ "July 2008". Rulers. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Italian governor is held on corruption charges". International Herald Tribune. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
Political offices
Preceded by Italian Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Giulio Tremonti
(Minister of Economy and Finance)
Assembly seats
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies

Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Senate

Succeeded by
Title jointly held