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Luigi Berlinguer (born 25 July 1932) is an Italian politician who served in the government of Italy as Minister of Education from 1996 to 2000. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Luigi Berlinguer
Italian Minister of Education
In office
17 May 1996 – 25 April 2000
Prime MinisterRomano Prodi
Massimo D'Alema
Preceded byGiancarlo Lombardi
Succeeded byTullio De Mauro
Personal details
Born (1932-07-25) 25 July 1932 (age 87)
Political partyPD
Alma materUniversity of Sassari
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life and educationEdit

Berlinguer was born in Sassari on 25 July 1932.[1] He is a cousin of communist leader Enrico Berlinguer, who died in 1984.[2] He obtained a law degree from the University of Sassari in 1955.[3]


Berlinguer served as mayor of Sennori.[4] He was the president of the University of Siena until April 1993 when he was appointed to the Ciampi Cabinet as Minister of Universities, Science and Technology.[2] He was one of the three ex-communists in the cabinet.[2][5] Then he served as the Minister of Education between 1996 and 2000 in the cabinets led first by Romano Prodi and then by Massimo D'Alema.[6] He was also acting Minister of Universities, Science and Technology from 1996 to October 1998.[7] He was succeeded by Oreste Zecchino as minister.[8] In addition, he served in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Italian Senate.[4]

He is a member of the Democratic Party.[9] He was elected as a member of the European Parliament in 2009, sitting as part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.[9] In the parliament he served as first vice-chair of the committee on legal affairs and as a member of the committee on culture and education beginning in 2009.[4]


In 2011, Berlinguer received MEP award of the European Parliament in the field of culture and education.[10]


  1. ^ "Luigi Berlinguer". European Parliament. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Clough, Patricia (29 April 1993). "Ex-Communists join Italy's reform government". The Independent. Rome. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". European Parliament. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "SAA Conference" (PDF). Society of Audiovisual Authors. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  5. ^ Peggy Polk (29 April 1993). "Non-politician Puts Italy on Fresh Course". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Speakers". AIB-WEB. 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  7. ^ Biggin, Susan (30 October 1998). "Reforms at Final Stage Under New Minister". Science. 282 (5390): 855–856. doi:10.1126/science.282.5390.855a. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Berlinguer bows out of ministry". Times Higher Education. 2 November 1998. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Luigi Berlinguer". Political Memory. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  10. ^ Desmond Hinton-Beales (30 November 2011). "MEP awards 2011 winners announced". The Parliament. Archived from the original on 4 December 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2013.