He was born in Rome on 13 June 1927, and died on 10 December 1991.
He devoted his life to politics from his youth: National Delegate of the DC Youth Movement in 1951, and elected Deputy for the first time in 1958.
In 1963 he coupled his parliamentary activity with government responsibilities, joining the 1st Moro Government as Under-Secretary for Industry and Trade, which was subsequently reconfirmed in the 3rd Moro Government.
He was Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the 2nd Leone Government and the 1st Rumor Government until 14 February 1969, when he was appointed Under-Secretary for the Budget.
In 1969 he became a Minister for the first time: he was Minister for State-Owned Enterprises under the 2nd Rumor Government, Minister for Post and Telecommunications in the 3rd Rumor Government until June 1970, when he was asked, as the only Italian until Romano Prodi, to serve as President of the EEC Commission, where he remained until March 1972.
In 1973 he returned to Government as Minister for Education in the 4th and 5th Rumor Governments, and in the 4th and 5th Moro Governments.
He was once again appointed Minister for Education in the 3rd Andreotti Government before becoming Minister for Finance in the two successive Andreotti Governments.
In the 1st Cossiga Government (1979) he served as Minister for Foreign Affairs, but had to resign for helth reasons grounds in January 1980.
In 1987, he was asked to lead the Italian Delegation to the Western European Union.