Paolo Ferrero

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Paolo Ferrero
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Secretary of Communist Refoundation Party
In office
27 July 2008 – 2 April 2017
Preceded byFranco Giordano
Succeeded byMaurizio Acerbo
Minister of Social Solidarity
In office
17 May 2006 – 8 May 2008
Prime MinisterRomano Prodi
Preceded byRoberto Maroni
Succeeded byMaurizio Sacconi
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
28 April 2006 – 28 April 2008
Personal details
Born (1960-11-17) 17 November 1960 (age 59)
Pomaretto, Italy
Political partyCommunist Refoundation Party

Paolo Ferrero (born 17 November 1960) is an Italian politician. He is a member of the Communist Refoundation Party and served as Minister of Social Solidarity from 2006 to 2008 as part of the Prodi II Cabinet.


Ferrero was born in Pomaretto, in the province of Turin.

A former FIAT worker, he started his political commitment at the age of 17, joining the Proletarian Democracy party. Unlike the majority of his party, Ferrero is religious and is a member of the Waldensian Evangelical Church and was the leader of the youth evangelical Waldensian federation before fully entering politics in 1987. He served as Turin city councillor from 1993 to 1997. He has two children, aged 18 and 12.

Ferrero was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2006. Prior to his appointment to the cabinet of Prime Minister Romano Prodi in 2006, he was responsible for the Communist Refoundation Party's social, economic and labour department. He is responsible for social policy, national civil service, non-EU immigrants and drug-related policies.

On 27 July 2008 Ferrero was elected secretary of the Communist Refoundation Party, winning over the other major candidate Nichi Vendola.