Paolo Costa

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Paolo Costa MEP
Member of the European Parliament
In office
Constituency North-East
Italian Minister of Public Works
In office
20 November 1996 – 21 October 1998
Prime Minister Romano Prodi
Preceded by Antonio Di Pietro
Succeeded by Enrico Micheli
Mayor of Venice
In office
April 30, 2000 – April 25, 2005
Preceded by Massimo Cacciari
Succeeded by Massimo Cacciari
Personal details
Born (1943-07-23) 23 July 1943 (age 74)
Venice, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Profession Economist
University professor

Paolo Costa (born 23 July 1943 in Venice) is the President of the Venice Port Authority. He was elected as an Italian Member of the European Parliament in 1999 and 2004, and since 2003 he was the Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament. He was elected on the Olive Tree ticket and sat with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group.

Before entering politics he held numerous posts in Planning and Economics at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, University of Reading, U.K., and New York University. He served as Pro-Rector of Ca' Foscari University in Venice (1992–1996). He was a member of Venice City Council (1997–2000) and Mayor of Venice (2000–2005). He was Chairman of the Council of AISRE (Italian Association of Regional Science) (1982–1984); member of the Scientific Committee for the Italian General Transport Plan (1985–1987), and Italian Minister for Public Works (1996–1998).

He received the honour of Knight of the Grand Cross, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1998.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Antonio Di Pietro
Italian Minister of Public Works
Succeeded by
Enrico Micheli
Preceded by
Massimo Cacciari
Mayor of Venice
Succeeded by
Massimo Cacciari