Giuseppe Conte (ital. Giuseppe Conte - Italian lawyer and politician. President of the Council of Ministers of Italy from June 1, 2018 to February 13, 2024.
Place of Birth. Education. Born August 8, 1964 in Volturara Appula. Son of Communal Council Secretary Nicola Conte and teacher Lillina Roberti. The family moved from Giuseppe's hometown to San Giovanni Rotondo. He studied well at school, played football with his peers, often acting as a coach. In 1988 he graduated with honors from the University of Rome "La Sapienza", where he studied law, then became a fellow of the National Research Center.
Career. He trained at several foreign universities, including Yale University, the Sorbonne, the University of Cambridge, the International Institute of Culture in Vienna and New York University. In addition, he is a lawyer at the Supreme Court of Cassation and is a member of the Cultural Commission of the General Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria).
In 1988, Conte was a member of the government commission for the reform of the first book of the Italian civil code, the purpose of which was to introduce a homogeneous legal regulation of non-profit organizations and social enterprises.
Over the years, he taught private and commercial law at the Universities of Rome LUMSA (1996), Sassari (1997-2000), the Third University (1996-1998) and the International Free University of Social Sciences. Guido Carli (2002-2004) and also at the University of Malta (1997).
Since 2006, he has been Academic Supervisor of the Business Law course at the Luiss Business School and co-supervisor of the New Law of Telecommunications Specialization at the University of Florence Law School.
In 2009, he joined a group of consultants and experts under the government of the country, developing a reform of the legal regulation of managing large enterprises during the crisis.
In 2010-2011 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Space Agency, in 2012-2015 he was a member of the Financial Banking Arbitration. In 2013-2018, he was a member of the Presidential Council on Legal Affairs.
Giuseppe Conte is the author of monographs, scientific articles and publications on family, business and civil law.
Political career. In 2013, the Five Star Movement approached Conte with an offer of support for election to the Council of the Presidium of Administrative Justice, but he refused, saying that he did not vote for the Five Stars and did not support their program (in an interview with ANSA, he said that he had long sympathized with the left ). Nevertheless, the parliament nevertheless elected him to the specified self-regulatory organization. In February 2018, the new leader of the Five Stars, Luigi Di Maio, named Giuseppe Conte as a possible candidate for the position of Minister of the Civil Service in the event of a victory of this political force in the upcoming parliamentary elections, and this time he agreed, expressing his conviction that the need to simplify Italy's unnecessarily complicated legal system.
On March 4, 2018, parliamentary elections were held in Italy, as a result of which no party or coalition won an absolute majority of seats in any of the chambers of parliament. Only on May 20, Luigi Di Maio and the Federal Secretary of the League of the North, Matteo Salvini, were able to reach a compromise on the issue of a possible head of government, naming Giuseppe Conte. On May 21, after new separate consultations with President Mattarella of two party delegations, Di Maio announced to the press that they had proposed Conte's candidacy to the head of state for approval.
On May 23, Mattarella, after a personal audience at the Quirinal Palace, instructed Conte to form a government. On the evening of May 27, 2018, Conte presented the president with a list of ministers, but Mattarella categorically disagreed with the appointment of the Eurosceptic Paolo Savona as Minister of Economy, although Di Maio and Salvini categorically demanded the participation of this economist in the cabinet. Conte resigned his powers to form a new government.
On May 31, Di Maio and Salvini agreed on a compromise coalition government, also with the participation of Paolo Savona, but now in the position of minister for relations with the European Union. Carlo Cottarelli, who was involved in the formation of a neutral cabinet, announced the end of consultations, and Mattarella agreed with the new composition of the government.
On June 1, 2018, the President approved the composition of the Cabinet, headed by Conte, and the members of the government took the oath and took office.
On August 20, 2019, he announced his resignation as prime minister. Italian President Sergio Mattarela accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, instructing him to continue in office until a new cabinet is formed. On August 29, President Mattarella instructed Conte to form his second government by September 2, now based on an alliance between the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party.
On September 4, 2019, Conte formed his second government based on the union Movements of five stars and Democratic Party and submitted a list of ministers to President Mattarella, and on September 5, the new cabinet took the oath at the Quirinal Palace.
On January 26, 2024, Giuseppe Conte resigned.
Personal life. Divorced, has a son.
Hobby. He is fond of tennis, is a fan of the football club "Roma".