Massimo D’Alema is a former Prime Minister of Italy, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister. Mt D’Alema was Member of the European Parliament with the Party of European Socialists group, and sat on the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries and its Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is also a professional journalist and was Chief Editor of the daily newspaper “L’Unità”.
Mr D’Alema studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, where he studied Philosophy.
Massimo D’Alema’s political activities began in 1963 when he joined the Italian Young Communists’ Federation (Federazione Giovanile Comunista Italiana, FGCI).
In 1975 he was elected General Secretary of the Italian Young Communists’ Federation (FGCI), a post he held until 1980. In 1986, Mr D’Alema became a member of the Secretariat of the Italian Communist Party, and in 1987 was elected member of the Italian Parliament (Camera dei deputati). In 1992 Mr D’Alema became President of the PDS parliamentary group in the Chamber of Deputies. He was re-elected as MP both in 1994 and 1996. In July 1994 he was elected General Secretary of the PDS. On 5 February 1997 Massimo D’Alema was elected Chair of the parliamentary Committee on Constitutional reform; on 4 November 1997 the Committee submitted to the two Houses of Parliament a draft reform of Part II of the Italian Constitution.
On 21 October 1998 Massimo D’Alema became Prime Minister of Italy. He was in office until April 2000. In December 2000 he was elected President of the Democrats of the Left. In June 2004, Mr D’Alema became a Member of the European Parliament, where he held the position of Chair of the EP Delegation for relations between the EU and the Mercosur. On 9 April 2006 he was elected MP for Apulia representing the Olive Tree coalition. On 17 May 2006 he was appointed deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary in the Prodi government. On 22 April 2008 he was elected as the MP for Apulia representing the Democratic Party. On 30 June 2010 he was elected President of Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS).
He is currently a member of the Chamber of Deputies and since January 2010 he has been the Chairman of COPASIR (Parliamentary Committee for the Security of the Republic), which is responsible for the Parliamentary control on intelligence services. Massimo D’Alema is also President of a political Foundation called “Fondazione di cultura politica Italianieuropei”.
Massimo D’Alema has published eight books, most recently Oltre la paura (“Beyond fear”), Mondadori, 2002.
Awards and achievements
Mr. D’Alema has received supreme awards (from the Republic of Chile, South Korea, and Palestine) and Officer of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic