|Minister of Defence|
22 February 2014 – 1 June 2018
|Prime Minister||Matteo Renzi|
|Preceded by||Mario Mauro|
|Succeeded by||Elisabetta Trenta|
|Member of the Senate of the Republic|
|Assumed office |
29 April 2008
|Member of the Chamber of Deputies|
30 May 2001 – 28 April 2008
|Born||20 May 1961|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Genoa|
Roberta Pinotti (born 20 May 1961) is an Italian politician, member of the Democratic Party. From 22 February 2014 to 1 June 2018 she served as the Italian Minister of Defence in the governments of Matteo Renzi and Paolo Gentiloni.
During her adolescence, she was a member of the Association of Italian Catholic Guides and Scouts.
She began her political career at the end of the 1980s as a district counselor of Italian Communist Party. She later joined the Democratic Party of the Left, the Democrats of the Left party (in which she held the position of provincial secretary between 1999 and 2001) and the Democratic Party. In her hometown she has served as councilor for school, youth policies and social policies (1993–1997) and for educational institutions (1997–1999).
Minister of Defence
When the new Secretary of the Democratic Party Matteo Renzi forced Letta to resign and became the new Prime Minister on 22 February 2014, he appointed Pinotti as Minister of Defence; she is the first woman to have ever held this office in Italy.
She received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2014.
In October 2014 she visited the United Arab Emirates and met with Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in order to strengthen the bilateral relations with regards to the Defense. In February 2015 she returned to the United Arab Emirates in occasion of the International Defence Industry Exhibition (IDEX), attended by several Italian companies, and met again with Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
She received criticism in February 2015 over navy recruitment adverts which used slogans written in English. Later that month she hinted that Italy was ready to lead a coalition force to defeat ISIS in Libya, saying: “We have been discussing it for months, but now an intervention has become urgent.”
In 2017 the Parliament approved the so-called "White Book", a plan of reorganization of the heads of the Ministry of Defence and the related structures; the plan also provided a reform of the Italian Armed Forces and a reorganization of the training system.
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- Gentiloni presenta governo, Padoan confermato all'Economia
- Libro Bianco, approvato il DDL
- Libro bianco: il Ministro Pinotti ha illustrato la riforma delle Forze armate