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|Order:||10th President of the European Commission|
|Term of Office||September 1999-30 October, 2004|
|Successor:||José Manuel Durão Barroso|
|Date of Birth||9 August 1939|
|Place of Birth:||Scandiano , Reggio Emilia|
|Wife:||Flavia Franzoni in Prodi|
|Political Party:||Ulivo coalition (later renamed The Union)|
Romano Prodi (Scandiano , Reggio Emilia August 9, 1939) is an Italian politician and a former President of the European Commission. He earned a degree in law from the Catholic University of Milan and later studied at the London School of Economics. This began a career in Italy's academia as a professor and researcher in Economics, which included brief visiting appointments at Stanford and Harvard universities in the United States.
During the mid-1970s, he began to enter Italian politics, and was appointed Minister of Industry in 1978; he held posts on various commissions through the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1995 he became Chairman of the centre-left Ulivo coalition, and in 1996 Prime Minister. His government fell in 1998 when the Communist Refoundation Party withdrew support, allowing the formation of a new government under Massimo D'Alema.
As leader of Italy's Ulivo coalition, Prodi currently leads the opposition to Silvio Berlusconi's House of Freedoms right-wing government. Prodi is expected to lead the Ulivo coalition in the 2006 general election campaign.
- EU enlargement
- Euro launch
- European constitution
- Lisbon Agenda
- Community patent
- Italian general elections, 2006
- Official Site of the President of the European Commission - Includes a curriculum vitae, from which some of the information in this article was drawn
|- style="text-align: center;" | width="30%" |Preceded by:
Jacques Santer | width="40%" style="text-align: center;" |President of the European Commission
1999–2004 | width="30%" |Succeeded by:
José Manuel Durão Barroso
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