Roberta Pinotti

Roberta Pinotti
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
22 February 2014
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
Preceded by Mario Mauro
Undersecretary of State for Defence
In office
28 April 2013  22 February 2014
Prime Minister Enrico Letta
Preceded by Filippo Milone
Succeeded by Vacant
Member of the Senate of the Republic
Assumed office
29 April 2008
Constituency Liguria
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
30 May 2001  28 April 2008
Constituency Liguria
Personal details
Born (1961-05-20) 20 May 1961
Genoa, Italy
Political party Democratic Party
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]

Roberta Pinotti (born 20 May 1961) is an Italian politician. Since 22 February 2014 she has been the Italian Minister of Defence.


Born in Genoa, Pinotti holds a degree in modern literature and is a teacher of Italian in high schools.[2][3] She began her political career at the end of the 1980s as a district counselor of Italian Communist Party.[2][3] She later joined the Democratic Party of the Left, the Democratici di Sinistra party (in which she held the position of provincial secretary between 1999 and 2001) and the Democratic Party.[2] In her hometown she has served as councilor for school, youth policies and social policies (1993-1997) and for educational institutions (1997-1999).[2][3]

First elected deputy in 2001, Pinotti was the shadow minister of defense in the Shadow Cabinet of Walter Veltroni between May 2008 and April 2009.[4] In 2013 she was appointed undersecretary of state (sottosegretario di stato) in the Ministry of Defence in the Letta Cabinet,[5] and then, on 21 February 2014, she was appointed as Minister of Defence.[2] She received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2014.

In October 2014 she visited the United Arab Emirates and met with Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in order to strengthen the bilateral relations with regards to the Defense.[6][7] In February 2015 she returned to the United Arab Emirates in occasion of the International Defence Industry Exhibition (IDEX), attended by several Italian companies, and met again with Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.[8][9]

She received criticism in February 2015 over navy recruitment adverts which used slogans written in English.[10] Later that month she hinted that Italy was ready to lead a coalition force to defeat ISIS in Libya, saying: “We have been discussing it for months, but now an intervention has become urgent.”[11]

Personal life

Pinotti is married and has two daughters.[2]


  1. "PINOTTI Roberta - biografia" (in Italian). 26 February 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "I 16 ministri: ecco chi sono". L'Unità. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 "Roberta Pinotti". Corriere della Sera. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  4. "Governo ombra, tutti i nomi". Corriere della Sera. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  5. "Governo Letta (28/04/2013 - 21/02/2014)" (in Italian). Governo Italiano. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  6. "Italy – United Arab Emirates: Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti meets Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed al Nahyan". Italian Ministry of Defence. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  7. "Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan meets Italy Defence Minister". GulfNews. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  8. "Idex 2015: Italy at the International Defence Industry Exhibition". Italian Ministry of Defence. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  9. "Mohamed bin Zayed receives French, Italian defence ministers". WAM. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  10. "MP chides navy for English recruitment adverts". BBC. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  11. "Italy and Libya: Fears over the sea". The Economist. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mario Mauro
Minister of Defence
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