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Lamberto Dini


Lamberto Dini
  • He was born in Florence on 1 March 1931.
  • He graduated in Economics.
  • In 1959 he joined the International Monetary Fund and worked his way up through the ranks to become Joint Central Director. From 1976 to 1979 he was the Executive Director of the Fund, representing Italy, Greece, Portugal and Malta.
  • In 1979 he joined the Board of the Bank of Italy, from where he took up other leading posts in international organisations.
  • After the Polo Coalition's victory in the 1994 general election, Prime Minister Berlusconi asked him to become Minister for the Treasury.
  • In 1995 he was asked to form the Government and on 17 January took office as Prime Minister and Acting Minister for the Treasury in a government made up entirely of non-parliamentarians. On 19 October 1995 he also became Acting Minister for Justice, replacing Filippo Mancuso who had been given a personal vote of no confidence.
  • In 1996 Prodi appointed him Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the next D'Alema Governments confirmed him in this office. In the 2nd Amato Government he returned once again to the Foreign Ministry where he stayed until 6 June 2001, when he was elected Deputy Speaker of the Senate.
  • During his stay at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy held the European Presidency in the first half of 1996, during which the Extraordinary European Council was held on 29-30 March, in Turin, which launched the Intergovernmental Conference for the first revision of the Maastricht Treaty, and which led to the 1997 Amsterdam Treaty.
  • In November 1996 it was decided that the lira would re-enter the European Monetary System, which it had left following devaluation in September 1992.
    On 26 October 1997 Italy entered the Schengen system.
  • In February 1998 a United States jet, flying at a very low altitude, cut the cable car cables at Cermis, killing twenty people when the car plunged to the ground. Minister Dini declared that this disaster, for which the liability of the American pilots had been established, did not damage Italy's strategic relationship with the United States.
  • In 1998 Dini and his Libyan counterpart discussed the unresolved issues in relations between the two countries, such as Libyan claims relating to the Italian colonial period and the payment of war reparations.
  • In his capacity as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dini had to deal with the dramatic situation in the Balkans and in Albania, where the Italian initiative was designed to establish national reconciliation and democratic normalisation as the condition for restoring law and order and bringing about the economic and financial recovery of the country. With the worsening of the Kosovo crisis, in March 1999 NATO embarked on its air operations, with Italy taking part in military operations in the European theatre for the first time since the end of the war. The military action was backed up from the beginning by humanitarian assistance.
  • On 26 February 2001 the Treaty of Nice was signed.
  • At the present time Lamberto Dini is the Deputy Speaker of the Senate and the Italian Parliamentary Representative at the European Convention.


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