Luciana Lamorgese

Luciana Lamorgese (born 11 September 1953) is an Italian civil servant and prefect who has been serving as Minister of the Interior in the governments of Prime Ministers Giuseppe Conte and Mario Draghi since 2019.

Luciana Lamorgese
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Minister of the Interior
Assumed office
5 September 2019
Prime MinisterGiuseppe Conte
Mario Draghi
Preceded byMatteo Salvini
Personal details
Born (1953-09-11) 11 September 1953 (age 68)
Potenza, Italy
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity of Naples Federico II
ProfessionPrefect, state councillor

Early life and careerEdit

Born in Potenza on 11 September 1953, Lamorgese graduated in law and qualified as a lawyer. In 1979, she began working for the Ministry of the Interior, becoming a vice prefect in 1994 and a prefect in 2003. She was prefect of Venice from 2010 to 2013, working alongside Giorgio Orsoni, the elected mayor.[1]

In 2017, with the end of the Renzi government, Lamorgese became prefect in Milan, replacing Alessandro Maragoni. On 13 November 2018 she was appointed as a state councillor by the Council of Ministers chaired by Giuseppe Conte, who was forming his first government.[1]

Minister of the InteriorEdit

Conte II CabinetEdit

 
Lamorgese with President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in October 2020

In September 2019, with the collapse of Conte's and M5S's government alliance with Matteo Salvini, a new coalition was formed between the M5S and the centre-left Democratic Party and Free and Equal. She was picked as Minister of the Interior in the new government led again by Conte, and took office on 5 September.[2]

Lamorgese has been in charge of the nationwide lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] On December 7, 2020, she tested positive for the disease herself.[4]

Draghi CabinetEdit

On February 12, 2021, Lamorgese was re-appointed Minister of the Interior in the Draghi Cabinet.[5] Shortly after taking office in September 2019, Lamorgese agreed with her counterparts from France, Germany, Malta, and Finland, which held the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union at the time, on redistributing migrants on aid ships to some EU member states immediately following their rescue.[6]

Under Lamorgese's leadership, the government approved a 2021 bill to tackle gender-based violence and strengthen surveillance on suspects, authorizing police to take action against suspects even if the victim herself does not report the offence – a move aimed at helping women who are afraid of filing formal accusations.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Tondo, Lorenzo (2019-09-04). "Matteo Salvini replaced by migration specialist in new Italy coalition". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-09-04.
  2. ^ "Luciana Lamorgese ministra dell'Interno del governo Conte bis". Repubblica.it (in Italian). 2019-09-04. Retrieved 2019-09-04.
  3. ^ "Luciana Lamorgese: "Se servirà, pronti a nuove scelte coraggiose"". L'HuffPost (in Italian). 2020-03-13. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  4. ^ "Italy's interior minister told she has COVID-19 at cabinet -sources". Reuters. 7 December 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Luciana Lamorgese resta all'Interno, la prefetta figlia d'arte prestata alla politica". 12 February 2021.
  6. ^ Jason Horowitz (23 September 2019), Europe Tries to Seize Momentum for a New Deal on Migration New York Times.
  7. ^ Angelo Amante (3 December 2021), Italian govt moves to crack down on violence against women Reuters.