Danilo Toninelli

Danilo Toninelli (born 2 August 1974) is an Italian politician.

Danilo Toninelli
Danilo Toninelli datisenato 2018.jpg
Minister of Infrastructure and Transport
In office
1 June 2018 – 5 September 2019
Prime MinisterGiuseppe Conte
Preceded byGraziano Delrio
Succeeded byPaola De Micheli
Member of the Senate of the Republic
Assumed office
23 March 2018
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
15 March 2013 – 22 March 2018
ConstituencyLombardia 3
Personal details
Born (1974-08-02) 2 August 1974 (age 46)
Soresina, Italy
Political partyFive Star Movement
Alma materUniversity of Brescia


Toninelli was born in Soresina on 2 August 1974. He graduated in law at the University of Brescia in 1999.

From 1999 to 2001 he was an Officer within the Carabinieri Corps. Before being elected deputy, he worked as a technical inspector for an insurance company until 2013.

Political careerEdit

In 2010, Toninelli was candidate for regional councillor with the Five Star Movement in the Lombard regional election, but he was not elected. He was elected Deputy in the 2013 Italian general election and from 7 May 2013 to 20 July 2015 he was Vice-President of the 1st Committee (Constitutional Affairs of the Council Presidency and Interior) of the Chamber of Deputies, while subsequently he became a member of the "Standing Committee of the opinions" and of the council for the regulation of the Chamber.

In the 2018 general election he was elected Senator and on 27 March 2018 he became head of the M5S group in the Senate.[1]

On 1 June 2018 Toninelli was appointed Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of the Conte Cabinet.[2]

Critics and political gaffesEdit

Toninelli alongside Luigi Di Maio and Giulia Grillo

Since the inauguration of the government in June 2018, Toninelli has often been the handle to which the Parliamentary opposition clung to define the Conte Cabinet as "unprepared" and "incompetent".

In September 2018, in the report to the Chambers, Toninelli denounced "pressures" he suffered from "AISCAT" (Italian association of motorway companies and tunnels) not to publish "the motorway concession contracts and all related annexes", with the opposition calling him for better clarity; two days later Toninelli presented the offending documents, which however proved to be issued in months of January and March and addressed to his predecessor, Graziano Delrio.[3]

Later that same month, Toninelli announced the decree on the reconstruction of Ponte Morandi, after its partial collapse that killed 43 people, proposing the idea of a "livable bridge where to eat and have fun"—definition that has left many colleagues confused and Genoa people offended.[4]

In October 2018 Toninelli spoke about the "sectoral limitations by South Tyrol authorities that strongly damage the economy of Italy" referring to the Brenner Pass, which however he erroneously called multiple times as the "Brenner Tunnel".[5]


  1. ^ "M5S, Toninelli e Giulia Grillo capigruppo (5SM, Toninelli and Giulia Grillo group leaders". Adnkronos (in Italian). 27 March 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Danilo Toninelli ministro delle Infrastrutture: la sfida della Tav negli equilibri M5s-Lega (Danilo Toninelli as Minister of Infrastructure: the Tav challenge in the 5SM-League equilibrium)". la Repubblica (in Italian). 31 May 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Autostrade, Toninelli pubblica le carte sulle "pressioni", ma sono di gennaio (Autostrade, Toninelli publishes the papers on the "pressures", but they are from January)". la Repubblica (in Italian). 6 September 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ "'Ignoranti, guardate Istanbul': Toninelli difende l'idea del nuovo ponte Morandi con ristoranti e negozi ('You ignorants, look at Istanbul': Toninelli defends the idea of the new Morandi Bridge with restaurants and shops)". la Repubblica (in Italian). 25 September 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Brennero, la gaffe di Toninelli: confonde il valico con il tunnel (che non c'è). "Lo utilizzano molti imprenditori" (Brenner, Toninelli's gaffe: confuses the pass as the tunnel (which doesn't exist). "Many entrepreneurs use it")". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). 9 October 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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