Franco Bassanini

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Franco Bassanini
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Personal details
Born (1940-05-09) 9 May 1940 (age 80)
Milan, Italy
Political partySocialist Party (Before 1981)
Independent (1981–1983)
Independent Left (1983–1991)
Democratic Party of the Left
Democrats of the Left
Democratic Party (2007–present)

Franco Bassanini (born 9 May 1940, in Milan) is an Italian lawyer, politician, minister[1] and undersecretary of state.


Bassanini was a deputy from 1979 to 1996 and a senator from 1996 to 2006.

He served as the minister of public administration[2] and regional affairs from 1996 to 2001 in the cabinets led by firstly Romano Prodi, then by Massimo D'Alema and lastly by Giuliano Amato.

He was also president of "Astrid", a think-tank specialising in the study of institutional and administrative reform. As a member of the administrative council of the ENA, in 2007 he was called by Nicolas Sarkozy to take part in the Commission pour la libération de la croissance française, presided over by Jacques Attali and designed to reform France's administration. He is a member of Italy-USA Foundation.

He also served as the professor of constitutional law at the First University of Rome[clarification needed] and was the chairman of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

Also, he is on the advisory board of the Official and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) where he is regularly involved in meetings regarding the financial and monetary system.[3]


  1. ^ Hine, David; Vassallo, Salvatore; Cattaneo, Istituto Carlo (2000). The return of politics. Berghahn Books. p. 139. ISBN 978-1-57181-798-3. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  2. ^ Franco Bassanini, after a meeting with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, declared that deregulation is a war that you never wins ( ... ) my job is to simplify, deregulate and delegify, but almost all my Cabinet colleagues do the opposite. It is a canvas of Penelope, but if I had not solved by night the complications that they write during the day, we would end up swamped by a kind of impenetrable legislative jungle: Buonomo, Giampiero (2012). "Liberalizzazioni: a cosa non si è pensato". Golem informazione.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  3. ^ Bassanini, Franco. "Advisory Board". OMFIF. Retrieved 19 July 2015.