A European’s life

I was born in Italy on March 25, 1968. Exactly eleven years after the ratification of the Treaty of Rome; you can’t make it up!

My life as a European began in Sogliano al Rubicone. Studying law in Bologna, international relations at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and the Université libre de Bruxelles, then macroeconomics at the London School of Economics, I built my European identity through the countries I studied in. I grew up in an expanding and developing Europe. I then became interested in public affairs and more particularly in European affairs. An appetite that led me in 1999 to Romano Prodi’s cabinet, the then President of the European Commission.

My ministerial experience

Shortly afterwards, I was appointed European Affairs Adviser to the President of the Italian Council of Ministers and became responsible for organising the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Again, you can’t make it up either!

As a diplomat, Member of Parliament and then Secretary of State for European Affairs under the Renzi and Gentiloni Governments in Italy, my commitment for Europe in my country was full until 2018. That year I joined En Marche, the party of Emmanuel Macron, convinced that if we were to build a Europe that works and that fascinates. We had to engage in the fight for transnationality.

At that time, I also took over the Presidency of the Union of European Federalists, a mandate that is particularly close to my heart. I have also published books on European issues in seven languages and have been teaching for many years in several European and American universities.

My mandate at the European Parliament

I was elected on the French Renaissance list in May 2019, the became adviser to the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, in the summer, and took up my duties in the European Parliament following the Brexit in February 2020.

Since then I have been working hard in the Internal Market, Constitutional Affairs and Regional Development Committees. I am determined to help create a truly transnational Europe. Mobilising citizens and advancing European integration is the meaning of my commitment!

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