Vasco Errani

Vasco Errani (born 17 May 1955) is an Italian politician. He was a founding member of the Democratic Party (PD),[1] which he has left on 22 February 2017, to join the Democratic and Progressive Movement, a party founded by the former PD left-wing minority.[2] He has been President of Emilia-Romagna from 1999 to 2014, being the longest-serving one of all time.[3] Errani is one of the longest-serving governors in the history of the Italian Republic.

Vasco Errani
Vasco Errani datisenato 2018.jpg
Member of the Senate of the Republic
Assumed office
23 March 2018
8th President of Emilia-Romagna
In office
3 March 1999 – 8 July 2014
Preceded byAntonio La Forgia
Succeeded byStefano Bonaccini
President of the Conference of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces
In office
13 May 2005 – 31 July 2014
Preceded byEnzo Ghigo
Succeeded bySergio Chiamparino
Personal details
Born (1955-05-17) 17 May 1955 (age 65)
Massa Lombarda, Italy
Political partyPCI (1970–1991)
PDS (1991–1998)
DS (1998–2007)
PD (2007–2017)
MDP (2017–present)
Alma materUniversity of Bologna

Early political careerEdit

Errani started his political career in Ravenna in the late 1970s by joining the Italian Communist Party (PCI), which evolved as the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS) in 1991 and the Democrats of the Left (DS) in 1998. In this capacity he was municipal councillor in Ravenna from 1983 through 1995, when he was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna and co-opted in the Regional Government as under-secretary to the Presidency. In 1997 he was appointed regional minister of Tourism.

President of Emilia-RomagnaEdit

On 3 March 1999, he was elected President of the Region by the Legislative Assembly.[4]

In 2000, when the first direct election took place, Errani was overwhelmingly elected President with 56.5% of the vote.[5] In 2005 he was re-elected by a landslide 62.7% of the vote against the 35.2% of his closest opponent.[6]

In 2010 Errani was elected President for a third consecutive time, but with a slimmer share of 52.1%.[7]

Errani was chosen as president of the State–Regions Conference by fellow presidents in 2005, after having been its deputy in 2000–2005.[4] In the 2010 regional elections the centre-left lost its majority in the Conference and Roberto Formigoni, longtime President of Lombardy, claimed the post. However, Errani was re-elected thanks to the decisive support of Lega Nord.[8][9][10]

On 8 July 2014 Errani resigned as President of Emilia-Romagna after he was investigated for the Terremerse scandal. Errani was fully cleared from the charges in July 2016.

Special Commissioner for the earthquakesEdit

Vasco Errani in 2015.

2012 Emilia earthquakesEdit

In May 2012, two major earthquakes occurred in Emilia-Romagna, causing 27 deaths and widespread damage. Errani was nominated Special Commissioner for the reconstruction, by the Prime Minister Monti and the chief the Protezione Civile Franco Gabrielli.

2016 Central Italy earthquakesEdit

On 24 August 2016, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the moment magnitude scale struck Central Italy. The epicentre was close to Accumoli, in an area near the borders of the Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo and Marche regions. The earthquake killed 299 people and left more than 4,500 homeless.[11]

On 1 September, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appointed Errani as Special Commissioner for reconstruction.[12]

Legal problemsEdit

In 2012, Vasco Errani ends under investigation, because the cooperative "Terremerse", owned by his brother, received a financing of one million Euro for the construction of a factory farm, by the Region Emilia-Romagna. Errani is under investigation for fraudulent misrepresentation: the impeachment is of having provided misleading information to the investigating magistrate. On 8 November 2012 Errani was acquitted and declared innocent because the fact was not.

On 8 July 2014 Errani was sentenced to one year of imprisonment by the Court of Appeal together with regional officials Terzini and Mazzotti, who were sentenced to one year and two months. Following this condemnation resigns as president of the region.[13] On 21 June 2016 he was definitively acquitted by the Court of Appeal of Bologna.[14]


  1. ^ "I componenti del comitato per il Partito Democratico". Milan: Il Sole 24 Ore. 23 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Pd, lo strappo di Errani: "Lascio questo partito". L'addio sarà a Ravenna". (in Italian). 22 February 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna – History of Legislatures
  4. ^ a b Emilia-Romagna Region – Biography of Vasco Errani, President
  5. ^ Ministry of the Interior – 2000 regional election in Emilia-Romagna
  6. ^ Ministry of the Interior – 2005 regional election in Emilia-Romagna
  7. ^ Ministry of the Interior – 2010 regional election in Emilia-Romagna
  8. ^ Cremonesi, Marco (27 May 2010). "Stato-Regioni, asse Lega-Pd per Errani". Milan: Corriere della Sera.
  9. ^ "Conferenza Stato-Regioni Errani verso la riconferma". Milan: Corriere della Sera. 27 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Errani confermato presidente della conferenza delle regioni". Bologna: Il Resto del Carlino. 27 May 2010.
  11. ^ "L'Italia che affonda :: Il pane e le rose - classe capitale e partito". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  12. ^ Terremoto, Vasco Errani Commissario per la ricostruzione: “Primo impegno la trasparenza”
  13. ^ Vasco Errani condannato a un anno
  14. ^ Terremerse, Errani assolto nell’appello bis: era accusato di falso ideologico. “Ho pagato un prezzo altissimo”