Roberto Gualtieri

Roberto Gualtieri
Member of the European Parliament
for Central Italy
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Personal details
Born (1966-07-19) 19 July 1966
Nationality Italian
Political party  Italian:
Democratic Party
Party of European Socialists
Occupation Politician

Roberto Gualtieri (born 19 July 1966), is an Italian socialist politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. He was elected Chair of the influential Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee within the Parliament in 2014.[1] He is a philosophy and literature graduate and holds a PhD in contemporary history (1997). He has authored several books and articles on twentieth century Italian history and on the history of the European integration and is an associate professor of contemporary history at 'La Sapienza' University, Rome.[2]

Political career

Career in national politics

Since 2001, Gualtieri has been Deputy Director of the Gramsci Institute Foundation.[3]

In 2006, Gualtieri was among the founders of the Partito Democratico (Congress of Orvieto, October 2006) and he was among the "wise men" who wrote its Manifesto.[4] In 2007 was elected to the National Assembly of the party and since 2008 he has been member of its National board, where he has been confirmed in 2014.[5] Gualtieri voted against party leader Matteo Renzi in favour of post-communists both in 2013 and 2014 (the year Renzi won the leadership ballot).[6]

From 2008 to 2011, Gualtieri served as director (with José Luis Rhi-Sausi) of the "Annual Report on European Integration" (published by Il Mulino).[7] Since 2009, he is member of the editorial committee of the Foundation "Italianieuropei" .

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present

In 2009, Gualtieri was appointed S&D Group coordinator for the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) and standing rapporteur for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) budget in the Committee on Budgets (BUDG). He has been also full member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) and substitute of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET).[8] In 2010, he was appointed S&D Group negotiator within the EP negotiating team (with Elmar Brok and Guy Verhofstadt) on the creation of the European External Action Service.[9] In addition to his committee assignments, he was part of the parliament's delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly between 2009 and 2014.

In December 2011, Gualtieri was part of the European Parliament negotiating team (with Brok, Verhofstadt and Daniel Cohn-Bendit) for the establishment of the "Fiscal Compact".[10] In October 2012, he was designated "sherpa" negotiator for the European Parliament (with Brok, Verhofstadt and Cohn-Bendit) in the working group set up by Herman Van Rompuy on a Genuine Economic and Monetary Union.[11] In 2013 he was co-rapporteur of the Report on constitutional problems of a multitier governance in the European Union with Rafał Trzaskowski.[12] In 2013, he participated in the elaboration of the new Treaty for the European Union, with Brok, Verhofstaft, Cohn-Bendit, Andrew Duff and Jo Leinen, promoted by the "Spinelli Group", of which he is a member.[13]

Since 2013, Gualtieri has been member of the Spinelli Group in the European Parliament,[14] and he has been among the authors of the "Fundamental Law of the European Union" (with Elmar Brok, Guy Verhofstadt, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Andrew Duff and Jo Leinen), published by the Bertelsmann Foundation.

Gualtieri led the EU-Election Observer Missions for the parliamentary election in Kosovo in 2014[15] and the 2013 municipal elections in Kosovo.

Following his re-election as an MEP, in July 2014 Gualtieri was elected Chairman of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.[16] Since 2016, he has been a member of the Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. In addition, he is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime).[17]

Personal life

Gualtieri was once a semi-professional bossa nova musician who accompanied Brazilian singer Rosalia de Souza when she performed in Italy.[18]


  6. James Panichi (February 5, 2015), Roberto Gualtieri: assertive historian European Voice.
  15. Toby Vogel (May 28, 2014), EU observers arrive in Kosovo European Voice.
  17. Members of the European Parliament on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime) European Parliament.
  18. James Panichi (February 5, 2015), Roberto Gualtieri: assertive historian European Voice.
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