Mario Mauro

Mario Mauro (born 24 July 1961) is an Italian politician and a university teacher of history[citation needed]. He is the former minister of Defense, having served in the Letta Cabinet from 2013 to 2014. From 1999 to 2013, he was a member of the European Parliament and he is a member of the Italian movement Communion and Liberation.[1][2]

Mario Mauro
Mario Mauro Senato.jpg
Minister of Defence
In office
28 April 2013 – 22 February 2014
Prime MinisterEnrico Letta
Preceded byGiampaolo Di Paola
Succeeded byRoberta Pinotti
Personal details
Born (1961-07-24) 24 July 1961 (age 59)
San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
Political partyForza Italia (1999–2009)
People of Freedom (2009–2013)
Civic Choice (2013)
Populars for Italy (2014–present)

Early life and educationEdit

Mauro was born in San Giovanni Rotondo on 24 July 1961. He studied literature and philosophy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) in Milan and received a degree in 1985.[3]


Mauro began his career as teacher in southern Italy after graduation and until 1999 he continued to serve as a teacher and established establish the Public Social Services University Research Centre.[3] He was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999 with the PPE-DE group. From 1999 to 2004 he was vice president for the education and culture commission. On 2 July 2004, he was elected one of the 14 vice presidents of the parliament.[4] His tenure as vice president lasted until 2009.[5] In June 2009, he was elected again to the parliament. He assumed the post of the leader of the Italian centre-right MEPs for the period of 2009-2013.[5]

In addition to his position as European Parliamentary, he held the following positions: representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) against racism, xenophobia and discrimination, with special reference to discrimination against Christians from 2009 to 2011[6] and professor contracted at the European University of Rome[clarification needed] since 2008.[3]

In 2013, Mauro resigned from Il Popolo della Libertà and joined Civic Choice (SC). He was elected senator on With Monti for Italy's lists, a coalition between Civic Choice, Union of the Centre and Future and Freedom. He was elected the leader of SC parliamentary group in the Senate. He was replaced in the European Parliament by Susy De Martini.

On 28 April 2013, Mauro was sworn in as defense minister in the grand coalition cabinet of Enrico Letta.[7] After internal rifts inside the Civic Choice party, Mauro left it in November 2013 and launched the new Populars for Italy.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Mauro is married to Giovanna, they have three children, Francesca, Romana and Angelo.

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ a b c "Mario Mauro" (PDF). NANOVIC. Retrieved 26 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ European Parliament page
  5. ^ a b Toby Vogel (29 April 2013). "Bonino appointed foreign minister of Italy". European Voice. Retrieved 26 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "talian Catholic activist to head OSCE office on religious discrimination". Catholic Culture. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Italy PM-designate Enrico Letta agrees new government". BBC. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Mauro presenta i Popolari per l'Italia: "Elettori in comune con Ncd, ma idee diverse"", Corriere della Sera, 23 November 2013

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Party political offices
New office Leader of the People of Freedom in the European Parliament
Succeeded by
Giovanni La Via
Leader of the Civic Choice in the Senate
Succeeded by
Gianluca Susta
Political offices
Preceded by
Giampaolo Di Paola
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Roberta Pinotti