Vittorino Colombo

Vittorino Colombo (April 3, 1925 – June 1, 1996) was an Italian politician.[1]

Vittorino Colombo
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President of the Italian Senate
In office
12 May 1983 – 11 July 1983
Preceded byTommaso Morlino
Succeeded byFrancesco Cossiga
Personal details
Born(1925-04-03)April 3, 1925
Albiate, Kingdom of Italy
DiedJune 1, 1996(1996-06-01) (aged 71)
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Political partyChristian Democracy
Alma materCatholic University of Milan
ProfessionTrade Unionist


Colombo was born in Albiate, province of Monza and Brianza, Lombardy.[2] He would go on to get a degree in economics and business.[1] He worked as a trade unionist prior to entering politics among the ranks of the Christian Democracy.[3][4]

He served in the cabinet of Prime Ministers Mariano Rumor (1974), Giulio Andreotti (1976–1979) and Cossiga (1979–1980). He served as Minister of Health in the Government of Italy from March to November 1974.[3][5]

He was Deputy in Legislature III (1958–1963), Legislature IV (1963–1968), Legislature V (1968–1972) and Legislature VI (1972–1976).[1]

Later he was elected Senator in Legislature VII (1976–1979), Legislature VIII (1979–1983), Legislature IX (1983–1987), Legislature X (1987–1992) and Legislature XI (1992–1994).[1]

He served as President of the Senate from May 12 to July 11, 1983.[2][3]

He died in Milan on June 1, 1996.[1][2]


Following his death, in 1997 the International Vittorino Colombo Prize was established to honor individuals who contribute to the study and dissemination of authentic values that contribute to solidarity and collaboration among peoples.[3][6]

He was an important figure in Chinese-Italian relations,[4] he founded the Italian Chinese Institute and the Italy China Foundation, the latter of which he presided over.[2][7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Vittorino Colombo / Deputati / Camera dei deputati - Portale storico". Italian Parliament. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  2. ^ a b c d Losa, Luigi (June 6, 2016). "Politica: Vittorino Colombo, il ricordo di un profeta dimenticato". (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  3. ^ a b c d LUONGO, FABIO (November 29, 2016). "Albiate, a Bazoli il Premio Vittorino Colombo 2016". Il Giorno (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  4. ^ a b Hoster, Barbara; Kuhlmann, Dirk; Wesolowski, Zbigniew (2017-03-27). Rooted in Hope: China – Religion – Christianity Vol 2: Festschrift in Honor of Roman Malek S.V.D. on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-351-67260-3.
  5. ^ "Vittorino Colombo / Deputati / Camera dei deputati - Portale storico". Italian Parliament. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  6. ^ "Vittorino Colombo Prize awarded to Meng Weina, for care of disabled Chinese". October 19, 2013. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  7. ^ "Cesare Romiti e i rapporti con la Cina, una Fondazione per colmare il gap". (in Italian). August 18, 2020. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  8. ^ Beretta, Silvio; Berkofsky, Axel; Zhang, Lihong (2017-06-19). Understanding China Today: An Exploration of Politics, Economics, Society, and International Relations. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-29625-8.
  9. ^ Li, Victor H. (2018-01-01). Law and Politics in China's Foreign Trade. University of Washington Press. ISBN 978-0-295-80387-6.
  10. ^ Service, United States Foreign Broadcast Information (1986). Daily Report: People's Republic of China. National Technical Information Service.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carlo Russo
Minister of Foreign Trade
Succeeded by
Riccardo Misasi
Preceded by
Giuseppe Lupis
Minister of Merchant Navy
Succeeded by
Salvatore Mannironi
Preceded by
Luigi Gui
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Antonino Pietro Gullotti
Preceded by
Giulio Orlando
Minister of Post and Telecommunications
Preceded by
Vito Lattanzio
Minister of Transport
Succeeded by
Luigi Preti
Preceded by
Antonino Pietro Gullotti
Minister of Post and Telecommunications
Succeeded by
Clelio Darida
Preceded by
Tommaso Morlino
President of the Italian Senate
Succeeded by
Francesco Cossiga