Stefania Prestigiacomo

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Stefania Prestigiacomo
Stefania Prestigiacomo daticamera.jpg
Minister for Environment
and Protection of Land and Sea
In office
May 8, 2008 – November 16, 2011
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio
Succeeded by Corrado Clini
Minister for Equal Opportunities
In office
June 11, 2001 – May 17, 2006
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Katia Bellillo
Succeeded by Barbara Pollastrini
Personal details
Born (1966-12-16) December 16, 1966 (age 51)
Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Forza Italia
Other political
Forza Italia
The People of Freedom
Alma mater Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta
Profession businesswoman, politician

Stefania Prestigiacomo (born December 16, 1966 in Siracusa) is an Italian politician, member of the centre-right political party The People of Freedom and Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy[1] since 1994.[2]


Stefania Prestigiacomo belongs to a family of Sicilian entrepreneurs. A former President of Region Sicily, Santi Nicita,[3] is her uncle.

In 2006 she earned a First Level Degree in Public Administration[4] at the Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta in Rome.[5]

In 1990, she became the President of the Young Entrepreneurs Group of Syracuse, Sicily.[6]

In 1994 she joined the Chamber of Deputies as member of the Forza Italia party.[6] She was reelected in 1996, 2001,[6] 2006, 2008.

In 2004, she was appointed as Minister for Equal Opportunities by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.[6] She was reappointed in that capacity in 2006. Between 2008 and 2011, she was Minister for Environment, Land and Sea.

Stefania Prestigiacomo has expressed support for the construction of new nuclear plants in Italy, a country with very limited reserves of fossil fuel and that currently imports (nuclear) electricity from France due to insufficient domestic capacity. She also authorized the drilling of off-shore oil wells in the Adriatic Sea in the proximity of Tremiti Islands, a natural maritime park.

She is President of the Inter-ministerial Coordination Committee for the fight against Paedophilia (CICLOPE).[6] She is a Catholic.


Political offices
Preceded by
Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio
Italian Minister of the Environment
Succeeded by
Corrado Clini