| Walter Veltroni |
(journalist, writer, politician)
|Born||3 July, 1955|
|Parents|| • Ivanka Kotnik|
• Vittorio Veltroni
|Member of||WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1997|
|Party||PCI, PDS, DS, PD|
Italian politician. His candidacy in the 2008 general elections obtained 33.17% of the votes, but failed to take the government.
Walter Veltroni is an Italian writer, film director, journalist, and politician, who served as the first leader of the Democratic Party within the centre-left opposition, until his resignation on 17 February 2009. He was Mayor of Rome from June 2001 to February 2008.
Walter Veltroni is the son of Vittorio Veltroni, who was editor-in-chief of RAI in the 1940s and died in 1956 when Walter was one year old. His mother Ivanka Kotnik was the daughter of Cyril Kotnik, the ambassador of the then Kingdom of Yugoslavia to the Holy See, who helped numerous Roman Jews to escape persecution by the German occupiers after the armistice in 1943 (and the fall of Mussolini). 
Veltroni was a Roman city councilor from 1976 to 1981. Since 1987 he has been a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies for the Italian Communist Party and its successor parties, Democratici di Sinistra and Partito Democratico. From 1992 to 1996 he was editor-in-chief of the left-wing daily L’Unità. In the first cabinet of Romano Prodi, he was Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture from 1996 to 1998. From 1999 to 2004 he sat as a member of the social democratic group in the European Parliament.
In 2001 he was elected mayor of Rome and in 2006 he was confirmed in office with over 60% of the vote. In 2007 he worked in this capacity for new investigations into the Pasolini murder case. On February 13, 2008, he resigned from the mayor's office.
As a co-founder of the Partito Democratico, he was elected chairman (Segretario) on October 14, 2007 in a basic vote of all party supporters (primarie) with 75.7% of the votes.
In the parliamentary elections on April 13 and 14, 2008, Veltroni stood as the top candidate of the new, center-oriented party. His candidacy in the 2008 general elections obtained 33.17% of the votes (adding the votes of his external ally Antonio di Pietro, he reached 37.54 %), which did not prevent the absolute majority of the coalition chaired by Silvio Berlusconi, which reached 37.39% (46.81% adding to the Northern League). On February 17, 2009, after the regional elections held in Sardinia, Veltroni tendered his irrevocable resignation as secretary general of the Democratic Party, being temporarily replaced by the deputy secretary, Dario Franceschini.
Event Participated in
|Bilderberg/1996||30 May 1996||2 June 1996||Canada|
|The 44th Bilderberg, held in Canada|