Renzo Imbeni

La Repubblica Bologna Mayor of Bologna
Renzo Imbeni
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Mayor of Bologna
In office
29 April 1983 – 27 February 1993
Preceded byRenato Zangheri
Succeeded byWalter Vitali
Member of the European Parliament
In office
18 June 1989 – 13 June 2004
Personal details
Born(1944-10-12)12 October 1944
Modena, Italy
Died22 February 2005(2005-02-22) (aged 60)
Bologna, Italy
Political partyPCI (till 1991)
PDS (1991-1998)
DS (1998-2005)
Alma materUniversity of Bologna

Renzo Imbeni (12 October 1944 – 22 February 2005) was an Italian politician, Mayor of Bologna from 1983 to 1993.


Imbeni graduated in Economics at the University of Bologna and in 1972 he was elected Secretary of the Italian Communist Youth Federation, the youth association of the Italian Communist Party.[1]

From 1976 to 1983, Imbeni has been the city secretary of the PCI in Bologna, until he has been appointed Mayor of Bologna after the resignation of his predecessor Renato Zangheri who was elected to the Chamber of Deputies.

Imbeni's administration dealt with the consequences of the Years of Lead attacks in Bologna, pursuing the idea of the city as a "happy island" during very difficult times.[2]

Imbeni upheld the rights of women and homosexuals, arguing that democracy should be based on differences and the plurality of voices.[3]

From 1989 to 2004, Imbeni has been elected to the European Parliament,[4] serving as vice-president of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2004.[1][5]

Imbeni died on 22 February 2005 at the age of 60, after a long illness.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Bologna in lutto: morto ex sindaco Renzo Imbeni". 22 February 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  2. ^ "'Non un rito ma una denuncia', così Bologna ricorda la strage". La Repubblica. 2 August 1984. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Trent'anni di lotte per avere diritti: il 2 marzo 1985 nasce Arcigay". La Repubblica. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Craxi è il più votato, Goria batte Andreotti". La Repubblica. 20 June 1989. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Bologna, è morto Renzo Imbeni: la città piange il sindaco "forestiero"". La Repubblica. 22 February 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2018.