Renato Brunetta

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Renato Brunetta
President of the CNEL
Assumed office
20 April 2023
Preceded byTiziano Treu
Minister of Public Administration
In office
13 February 2021 – 22 October 2022
Prime MinisterMario Draghi
Preceded byFabiana Dadone
Succeeded byPaolo Zangrillo
In office
8 May 2008 – 16 November 2011
Prime MinisterSilvio Berlusconi
Preceded byLuigi Nicolais
Succeeded byFilippo Patroni Griffi
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
23 April 2008 – 13 October 2022
Member of the European Parliament
for North-East Italy
In office
20 July 1999 – 28 April 2008
Personal details
Born (1950-05-15) 15 May 1950 (age 73)
Venice, Italy
Political partyPSI (1983–1994)
FI (1994–2009)
PdL (2009–2013)
FI (2013–2022)
SpouseTitti Giovannoni
Alma materUniversity of Padua

Renato Brunetta (born 15 May 1950) is an Italian economist and politician. He was the Minister of Public Administration and Innovation from 8 May 2008 to 16 November 2011 in the Berlusconi government. He was also the Minister for Public Administration in the Draghi government, from 13 February 2021 until 22 October 2022. He was the head of Forza Italia's deputies group at the Chamber of Deputies from 2013 to 2018.

Early life and career[edit]

Renato Brunetta was born on 15 May 1950, in Venice, Italy, the youngest of three brothers. He grew up in a poor family and his father was a peddler.[1] He attended the classical lyceum Foscarini. Brunetta once said that as a boy, he often studied classics on his own, to "reduce the social gap between him and his fellow students".[2]

On 2 July 1973, he graduated in Political and Economic Sciences at the University of Padua. His academic career began at the same University shortly after graduation. Beginning as an Assistant Professor of Theory and Development Policy and Applied Economics, he went on to focus on Labour Policy in 1977. In 1982, he joined the Department of Economic and Social Analysis of the Territory at the Luav University of Venice where he performed the role of Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Economics.

From 1991 to 1999, he was Associate Professor of Labour Economics at University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he also held the position of Professor of Political Economy until 2009.[3]

Since 1976, Brunetta has been enrolled as a freelance journalist in the Order of Journalists of Veneto. He is a columnist of Il Sole 24 Ore and Il Giornale. Moreover, he is the founder and editor of the magazine Labor – Reviews of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations, published by Wiley-Blackwell for the Center for Economic and International Studies (CEIS) of the Tor Vergata University.

Together with Vittorio Feltri, he wrote a series of Manuals of Political Conversation published by Libero. In June 2020, he briefly became a columnist for Il Riformista, a centrist and liberal newspaper directed by Piero Sansonetti, which he left in October 2020.[4]

Political activity[edit]

He is a former member of the Italian Socialist Party, Member of the European Parliament for the North-East from 2004 to 2009 with the Forza Italia, part of the European People's Party, and vice-chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.


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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Cazzullo, Aldo (June 15, 2008). "Brunetta: io ministro ma vendevo gondolette". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
  2. ^ Giovanni Floris, La fabbrica degli ignoranti. La disfatta della scuola italiana, Milano, Rizzoli, 2008, p. 170. ISBN 978-88-17-02486-0
  3. ^ Brunetta: prendo pensione da 3 mila euro, ANSA
  4. ^ Perché lascio la direzione del Riformista Economia, Il Riformista
Political offices
Preceded by
Luigi Nicolais
Italian Minister of Public Administration and Innovation
2008 – 2011
Succeeded by
Preceded by Italian Minister of Public Administration
2021 – 2022
Succeeded by