Raffaele Fitto, the biography of the new Minister of European Affairs who will follow the NRP

Raffaele Fitto, the biography of the new Minister of European Affairs who will follow the NRP

Raffaele Fitto (Brothers of Italy) will be the Minister for European Affairs and will also deal with the NRP

Raffaele Fitto, 53 years old from Salento, was born in Maglie as Aldo Moro.

He is a son of art: his father, Salvatore, was the Christian Democrat president of the Puglia region from 1985 to 1988, when he died at the age of 47 in a car accident.

The young Raffaele decides to follow in his footsteps, joins the Apulian Regional Council at the age of 20 and after graduating in law at the University of Bari continues his political commitment.

Upon the dissolution of the DC, he joined the Italian People's Party of Mino Martinazzoli and then the CDU of Rocco Buttiglione.

In 1995 he was appointed vice president of his region in the center-right council. In 1999 he was elected to the European Parliament with Forza Italia; but the following year he won the regional elections and became president of the Puglia Region, fifteen years after his father.

In 2005 he ran again but was eliminated by a few votes by the center-left candidate Nichi Vendola.

In the politics of the following year he was elected deputy and was appointed by Silvio Berlusconi in charge of the party for the South.

Reconfirmed as a deputy in 2008, he is Minister for Regional Affairs in the fourth Berlusconi government. Re-elected to the Chamber in 2013, in 2014 he was the second most voted candidate for the European Parliament in only one constituency and with his 284,547 votes he arrived again in Strasbourg.

But the conflicts with the "moderate" choices of Silvio Berlusconi, in particular with the so-called Nazarene pact, led him to leave Forza Italia and the EPP group in the European Parliament, moving to the Conservative and reformist European group (with the British Tory ).

With the different formations that he founded or to which he joined in the following period, he is always an ally of the center-right coalitions and in particular since 2018 he has joined forces with the Brothers of Italy; in 2019 he was re-elected to the European Parliament. In 2020 he is again removed in the duel for the Puglia Region, this time by the reconfirmed president Michele Emiliano. Ditto and reiterated his "full support" to the "issue of sanctions" against Russia and supported the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO .


An experience as an MEP, president of the Puglia region and minister for regional affairs in the fourth Berlusconi government.

Raffaele Fitto will occupy the crucial box of European Affairs – which will also deal with the PNRR – in the new center-right government of Meloni after a long political career that began with militancy in the DC at the age of 19, passed through Forza Italia and landed in Fratelli d ' Italy.

Born in Maglie on August 28, 1969, Raffaele is the son of the Christian Democrat politician Salvatore Fitto, president of the Puglia Region from 1985 until his death in 1988. This is the year in which the young Fitto begins his militancy in the DC, with whom he was elected to the regional council of Puglia in 1990.

In 1994 he graduated in law and, with the dissolution of the DC, the adhesion to the Italian Popular Party of Rocco Buttiglione, which will follow in the alliance with the newly formed Forza Italia.

In 1995 he was reconfirmed in the region, where he became councilor and vice president. In 1999 he was elected European parliamentary with Forza Italia.

He remained in office for only one year because in 2000 he ran for the leadership of Puglia, becoming the youngest president of the Region in the history of the Republic. Once again nominated for the 2005 regional team, he was narrowly defeated by Nichi Vendola. The following year, Fitto arrived in Parliament as a deputy Fi, and in 2008 he was appointed Minister for Regional Affairs in the Berlusconi IV government.

In 2014 he returned to Strasbourg with the victory in the European Championships, but that same year he broke up with Forza Italia following the Nazarene pact. The final divorce will come in 2015.

Two years later the experience of Direction Italy was born, but after the failure in the 2018 elections, the party merged with the Brothers of Italy for the 2019 European elections, in which Fitto will be re-elected. In 2020, Fitto reappears as governor of Puglia, but is beaten by the outgoing president Michele Emiliano.

At the policies of last September 25 he was elected deputy with the Brothers of Italy.

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/economia/raffaele-fitto-la-biografia-politica-del-nuovo-ministro-degli-affari-europei-che-seguira-il-pnrr/ on Sat, 22 Oct 2022 05:40:42 +0000.