Giancarlo Pagliarini

The Honourable
Giancarlo Pagliarini
Minister of the Budget
In office
10 May 1994  17 January 1995
Preceded by Luigi Spaventa
Succeeded by Rainer Masera
Member of Italian Senate
In office
23 April 1992  9 May 1996
Member of Italian Chamber of Deputies
In office
9 May 1996  27 April 2006
Personal details
Born (1942-04-23) 23 April 1942
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Lega Nord
The Right
Act to Stop the Decline
Spouse(s) Sonia Bekdemiran (1980s-present)
Children Two children
Residence Milan, Italy
Alma mater Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Religion Roman Catholic

Giancarlo Pagliarini (born April 23, 1942) is an Italian politician.

Born in Milan, he was later elected to the Italian Senate for Lega Nord in 1992 and re-elected in 1994, then elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1996 and in 2001. He was Minister of the Budget in Berlusconi I Cabinet in 1994, "President of Padania" in 1996 and floor leader of Lega Nord in the Chamber of Deputies from 1999 to 2001.

He is married to a lady of Armenian origin whose family survived the Armenian Genocide, they have a son and a daughter.

Before joining the League, Pagliarini worked as accountant and was close to the Radical Party, for its battle in favour of divorce. Anyway, he never joined that party, being only a voter, and so he made his first political experience in the League.

Pagliarini is a moderate, sometimes dissenting with the party's social-conservative agenda, a libertarian, especially on economic issues, and a prominent supporter of fiscal federalism and fiscal conservatism.

He was known as maverick politician and, prior to leaving Lega Nord, often criticized the line imposed by Umberto Bossi. Lately he dissented with the continuation of the alliance with the other House of Freedoms parties, favouring an autonomous path for the League, and flirted with the independentist wing of the party, led by Gilberto Oneto, a libertarian himself, and maintained relations with the Liberal Reformers.

On 19 January 2007 Pagliarini, who was not candidate for re-election in the 2006 general election, finally left Lega Nord. In June he took part to the libertarian network founded by Daniele Capezzone.

On 18 January 2008 he unexepectedly joined The Right of Francesco Storace[1] and then was candidated in Lombardy in the 2008 general election, despite declaring to be "leghista in the soul and the mind".[2] He wasn't elected.

He was candidated as mayor of Milan for local elections 2011,[3] but he wasn't able to enter the runoff election. Currently he's member of Act to Stop the Decline, a federalist and liberal party.


  1. Giancarlo Pagliarini -
  2. "Pagliarini Sindaco di Milano" (in Italian). 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
Italian Senate
Preceded by
Title jointly held

Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Title jointly held

1996 – 2006
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
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