Ciriaco De Mita

Luigi Ciriaco de Mita ( born February 2, 1928 in Nusco, Avellino ) is an Italian politician of the Unione di Centro ( UDC) and Member of the European Parliament. As a member of Christian Democracy, he was from April 1988 to May 1989 the Italian Prime Minister and thus one of the last of his party prior to its expiration and their cleavage.

De Mita was from 1963 a member of the House of Representatives from 1969 to 1973 and Vice- Secretary General of the DC. In the 1970s, he held various ministerial portfolios: In 1973, he was Minister of Industry, 1974 Minister of Foreign Trade, 1976 for the Mezzogiorno.

From 1982 to 1989 De Mita was the General Secretary of the DC, and is considered a representative of the left wing of the party. In the European elections in 1984, he was elected to the European Parliament, where he served until 1988. In this year he became Prime Minister of Italy; He retained the post until 22 July 1989.

He was elected president of the DC in 1989, but this is a rather ceremonial post. After the collapse of the DC he joined the PPI.

1996 belonged Ciricao De Mita of the founders of the center- left coalition The Olive and 2002, the founders of the Christian Democratic Party Democrats è Libertà - La Margherita, with which he went up in 2007 Partito Democratico (PD). In the European elections of 1999 he again scored a seat in the European Parliament, which he held until 2004.

On 20 February 2008 he left the PD, as this him - after more than three legislative periods in the Italian Parliament is no longer proposed for candidacy in the parliamentary elections in 2008 - according to its party statutes. He then formed his own party, the popolari per la Costituente with which he joined the newly founded UDC. For this, he ran unsuccessfully in the Campania region for the Senate. In the European elections in Italy in 2009 he was elected for the third time to the European Parliament. It is in this term as a member of the Group of the European People's Party, the oldest Member of Parliament and is member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is also a member of the Delegation to the ACP -EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Deputy is De Mita on Budgetary Control and the Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee