Raffaele Costa

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Raffaele Costa (born 8 September 1936 in Mondovì) is an Italian politician. He was the President of the Province of Cuneo from June 2004 to June 2009. He was previously a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies representing the Italian Liberal Party and later Forza Italia between 1976 and 2003 and was also a Member of the European Parliament of the European People's Party until June 2004.


Costa holds a degree in Law and Political Science.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 1976, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1996 and 2001.

As Minister[edit]

He was Minister without Portfolio for the co-ordination of community political and regional affairs (1992), Minister of Health (1993), Minister of Transport and Minister of the Merchant Marine in the Ciampi government.

As Under-Secretary of State[edit]

Costa was parliamentary under-secretary of state in the:

  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (8th Legislature)
  • Ministry of the Interior (Craxi Government)
  • Ministry of Public Works (9th Legislature)

In the European Parliament[edit]

Other Past Appointments[edit]

  • Chairman of the Defence Committee of the Chamber of Deputies
  • Vice-Chairman of the Agriculture and Forestry Committee of the Chamber of Deputies (1976-1979)
  • General Secretary of the Italian Liberal Party (1993-1994)
  • Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Federalist parliamentary group (1995-1996)
  • Administrator of Forza Italia's Office for Citizens' Rights
  • President of the Province of Cuneo (2004-2009).


Costa has published four books:

  • The Doctor is Outside the Room
  • My First Republic
  • Italy, Land of Waste
  • Italy, Land of Privilege


He founded and published the periodical Il Duemila in 1971.

See also[edit]

European Parliament election, 2004 (Italy)


Political offices
Preceded by
Pier Luigi Romita
Minister of European affairs and Regions
Succeeded by
Gianfranco Ciaurro
Preceded by
Giancarlo Tesini
Minister for Transport and Mercantile Navy
Succeeded by
Pubblio Fiori
Preceded by
Maria Pia Garavaglia
Italian Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Elio Guzzanti
Preceded by
Renato Altissimo
Secretary of Italian Liberal Party
Succeeded by