© Stocksak. On the day of the swearing in ceremony, the new cabinet ministers were accompanied by Prime Minister Giorgia and Sergio Mattarella, the Italian President. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiap
ROME (Stocksak), – On Saturday, the government of Giorgia Melonsi, the Italian Prime Minster, was sworn into power. Her cabinet consisted of 24 ministers. Here are some profiles of key figures:
Giancarlo Giorgetti, 55, is a veteran politicalwheeler-dealer viewed as a moderate and relatively pro-Europeanmember of his right-wing League party.
Mario Draghi’s former government was the industry minister. Giorgetti blocked a number Chinese takeover bids in strategic sectors of Italy’s economic economy.
Prior to that, he spent most 26 years in Parliament behind the scenes, negotiating on behalf of others and making influential friendsin finance and business.
Giorgetti was the head of the lower house budget committee for 10 years, 2001-2013. His knowledge of Rome’s legislative process was firsthand. His renowned networking skills also extend from politics through business to Italy’s powerful Roman Catholic Church.
He was not Prime Minister Meloni’s first choice. She then turned to Giorgetti.
FOREIGN MINISTER & DEPUTY PREMIUM MINISTER
Antonio Tajani, 69, is one of the closest aides to formerPrime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a safe pair of hands withsolid EU credentials who has been deputy leader of Berlusconi’sconservative Forza Italia party since 2018.
Tajani, a former journalist, entered politics with Berlusconiin1994. He spent the majority of his political career in Brussels either in the European Parliament, or in the European Commission.
He was the leader of the EU parliament from 2017 to 2019. At the Commission, heheld the transport (2008-2010) and industry (2010-2014)portfolios. Tajani, a right-winger and pro-monarchy supporter, was in his youth. He speaks French and Spanish as well as English and Italian.
MINISTER OF INTERIOR
Matteo Piantedosi is a career civil service who, at 59, waschief ofstaff to League leader Matteo Salvini’s term at the interior ministry from 2018-19. He helped to shape his hardline policies against illegal migration.
Piantedosi, although he is close with Salvini’s, is a technocrat without party affiliation and has never been a minister. He was Rome’s prefect for the past two years, a position that ensures security and order in the capital.
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Matteo Salvini (49) is the head of hard-right Leagueparty. A former interior minister, Salvini has promoted a populistagenda which includes mass deportations and mass deportations. He also supports sweeping tax cuts and lowering the retirement ages.
Bearded and stocky, the plain-speaking Salvini took chargeof the League in 2013 when it was a small, scandal-plaguedregional party. He transformed it into a national force, and looked set to dominate Italian politics. But his popularity plunged over the past three year.
Salvini, a former fervent supporter Russian President Vladimir Putinin, has denied that his party was funded by Moscow and has condemned the invasion of Ukraine. After the League’s poor showing in the Sept. 25, election, Salvini rejected suggestions to resign as League leader.
MINISTER OF INDUSTRY
Adolfo Urso (65), a member of Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, began his political career in the youth organization of theItalian Soci Movement (MSI), a post-fascist party founded in1946 by supporters of dictator Benito Mussolini.
Urso is a former journalist and was first elected to parliament back in1994. He held posts in centre-right governments led by Berlusconi and recently served as president of the influentialparliamentary intelligence committee.
He was responsible for urging Mario Draghi’s government to strengthen the so-called golden power, which is meant to protect strategic industries from foreigntakeovers.
Guido Crosetto is a defense industry lobbyist and close aide to Meloni. He also co-founded her party. He started his political career in the 1980s with the Christian Democratic Party and was a long-serving member of parliament until 2019, when he resigned to lead AIAD, a group of companies working in the aerospace/defense sector.
He is almost two metres (6.6 feet) tall and bald. His nickname is ‘the gentle giant’ or Shrek. This is a reference to the cartooncharacter. Between 2008 and 2011, he was the junior defense minister in a Berlusconi government.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY SECURITY MINISTER
Gilberto Pichetto Fratin (68), a senator for Forza Italia, is considered to be close to Berlusconi. He is a qualified accountant and served as deputy minister of industry in the Draghi government.
In his native Piedmont in northern Italy, he held several positions, including that of head of the local consumer, commerce, and employment committees. He doesn’t appear to have ever worked on energy or environmental issues before.
Carlo Nordio (75), a Brothers of Italy lawmaker is well-known in Italy as the former procuror of Venice, a position he retired from in 2017. He called for more measures to speed up trials and said that Italy’s slow justice system was harming the economy.
He was a fierce opponent to the pool of magistrates who led the so-called “Clean Hands” corruption investigations. These investigations brought down Italy’s political class in early 1990s. He accused the prosecutors of abusing its power. Meloni demanded that he be appointed, defeating Berlusconi’s resistance.