Emilio Colombo

Emilio Colombo ( born April 11, 1920 in Potenza, † June 24, 2013 in Rome ) was an Italian politician and diplomat. He was from 1970 to 1972 the Italian Prime Minister.


Emilio Colombo was a member of the Christian Democrats. His political career began in 1946 when he was a member of the Constituent Assembly. From 1948 he was a member of the House of Representatives.

From 1963 to 1970 Colombo was then Treasury Minister, before he in 1970 took over the post of prime minister. From 1974 to 1976 he was again Minister of the Treasury.

In 1977 he was elected President of the European Parliament and held that post until 1979. Colombo was also Italian Foreign Minister from 1980 to 1983 and 1992 to 1993., He became chairman of the Christian Democratic International in 1993.

1979 Colombo was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. In 2003 he was appointed by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi senator for life.

In June 2013 Emilio Colombo died at the age of 93 years in Rome.