Renato Schifani
Italian politician
Renato Schifani
Renato Maria Giuseppe Schifani is an Italian politician and a prominent member of the centre-right People of Freedom. Since 29 April 2008 he has been President of the Italian Senate. Schifani was born in Palermo.
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Iginio Gagliardone: A New Italy and the Myth of the Web
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The past few days have been both complex and bright for Italian politics as old and new parties showed how, when forced by circumstances, they have the courage and the resources to promote the institutional and symbolic change the country desperately needs. On Saturday Italy's Senate elected Pietro Grasso, the country's former anti-mafia prosecutor, as its speaker. This was achieved with the decisive votes of members of the Five Star Movement (FSM), Italy's second party headed by comedian Beppe Grillo, who split with their leader and supported Mr. Grasso's candidacy. This is an encouraging sign as it shows Italy's ability to face its crisis not just by falling back on technocracies or populism, but by injecting new meaning in institutions citizens had progressively lost their trust in. Mr. Grasso's election was contentious but it also demonstrated an important novelty that may transform Italian politics in the near future. As Web 2.0 has entered the Italian parliament not ...
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Italian Parliament elects center-left leaders
Fox News - almost 4 years
Italian lawmakers on Saturday elected center-left leaders for both chambers of Parliament, paving the way for difficult talks to form a new government to get started. Normally a routine procedure for a new Parliament, filling the positions required four rounds of voting in both the lower house and the Senate, highlighting Italy's political gridlock following February elections that gave no party a clear victory. Laura Boldrini, a former spokeswoman in Italy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, was chosen to lead the lower house, while anti-mafia prosecutor Piero Grasso was elected Senate leader. "The country more than ever needs fast and effective answers to the social, economic and political crisis that it is going through," Grasso said. Boldrini won 327 votes to secure a majority in the 630-seat lower house. In the Senate, Grasso beat center-right candidate Renato Schifani in a runoff with 137 votes to Schifani's 117 ...
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Italy disaster experts quit after colleagues convicted over quake
Fox News - over 4 years
Four top Italian disaster experts quit their posts Tuesday, saying the manslaughter convictions of former colleagues for failing to adequately warn of a deadly 2009 earthquake means they can't effectively perform their duties. A court in the quake-devastated town of L'Aquila convicted seven former members of Italy's so-called "Great Risks Commission" and sentenced each of them to six years in prison, prompting predictions that experts would be discouraged from working in Italy for fear of similar risks of prosecution. Commission President Luciano Maiani and two other members resigned, along with a top official for earthquake and volcano risk in the national Department of Civil Protection. Maiani said Monday's court ruling made it impossible to work in a "calm and efficient" way. [sidebar] Prosecutors alleged the defendants — who included some of Italy's most internationally respected quake experts — didn't properly inform town residents of the risk of a big quake following ...
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Italy disaster experts quit over quake trial
Fox News - over 4 years
Four top Italian disaster experts quit their posts Tuesday, saying the manslaughter convictions of former colleagues for failing to adequately warn of a deadly 2009 earthquake means they can't effectively perform their duties. A court in the quake-devastated town of L'Aquila convicted seven former members of Italy's so-called "Great Risks Commission" and sentenced each of them to six years in prison, prompting predictions that experts would be discouraged from working in Italy for fear of similar risks of prosecution. Commission President Luciano Maiani and two other members resigned, along with a top official for earthquake and volcano risk in the national Department of Civil Protection. Maiani said Monday's court ruling made it impossible to work in a "calm and efficient" way. Prosecutors alleged the defendants — who included some of Italy's most internationally respected quake experts — didn't properly inform town residents of the ...
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Dl manovra: Schifani a gruppi Senato, ritirare congrua parte emendamenti - Archivio Radiocor
Google News - over 5 years
C'e' impegno ad accogliere auspicio (Il Sole 24 Ore Radiocor) - Roma, 01 set - Nel corso della conferenza dei capigruppo il presidente del Senato, Renato Schifani, ha auspicato, secondo quanto si apprende, che i gruppi ritirino "congrua parte degli ... - -
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MANOVRA BIS: TERMINATO INCONTRO SCHIFANI-TREMONTI-CALDEROLI - Agenzia di Stampa Asca
Google News - over 5 years
(ASCA) - Roma, 1 set - E' durato circa mezz'ora l'incontro a palazzo Madama tra il presidente del Senato, Renato Schifani, ei ministri dell'Economia e della Semplificazione, Giulio Tremonti e Roberto Calderoli. All'incontro presenti anche il
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SCHIFANI - NECESSARY TO LOOK AT OPPOSITION BUDGET PROPOSALS - Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
Google News - over 5 years
(AGI) Rome - Senate speaker, Renato Schifani, called for careful consideration of opposition proposals on the budget package. "I acknowledge the agreement reached in recent hours by the majority parties on some significant changes to the budget package
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Manovra/ Schifani: Considerare anche proposte dell'opposizione - TM News
Google News - over 5 years
Renato Schifani, in un colloquio al Corriere della Sera, chiarisce il senso delle sue affermazioni, qualche giorno fa, sulla necessità di guardare "nel merito" delle proposte di modifica alla manovra e non alla loro "paternità". ... - -
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SENATE TO BEGIN DEBATING BUDGET TOMORROW - Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
Google News - over 5 years
The Speaker of the Senate Renato Schifani has summoned the assembly for August 17th at 4.30 pm to present the draft law on the budget. The provision will then be analyzed by the Commissions for Constitutional Affairs and for the Budget as of Monday
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SENATE SPEAKER POISED FOR BUDGET DEBATE STARTING AUGUST 22 - Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
Google News - over 5 years
The latter schedule was informally presented by Senate Speaker Renato Schifani following talks with whips. On an equally informal basis, the speaker assesses that the package could be ready for voting on September 5
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Italian anger over tax-funded menu for Europe's highest paid MPs - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
... logo of the Upper and Lower houses and are replaced frequently as they are taken as souvenirs. Tonight as a result of the outrage the leader of the Senate, or Italy's Upper House Renato Schifani said: 'The prices will be raised to reflect true costs
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SENATO: BASSOLI A SCHIFANI, LUNEDI' SCUSE GASPARRI A SESTO S.GIOVANNI - Agenzia di Stampa Asca
Google News - over 5 years
(ASCA) - Roma, 29 lug - La senatrice del Pd, Fiorenza Bassoli, gia' sindaco di Sesto San Giovanni per 9 anni, ha inviato una lettera al presidente del Senato, Renato Schifani, perche' solleciti al presidente dei senatori Pdl, Maurizio Gasparri a
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Giustizia/ Schifani:Processi troppo lunghi, serve più efficienza - Wall Street Italia
Google News - over 5 years
(TMNews) - I processi sono troppo lunghi, la giustizia deve essere più efficiente ma non a scapito dei diritti degli imputati: è questo il passaggio politicamente più denso dell'intervento che il presidente del Senato Renato Schifani ha svolto questa
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PROCESSO LUNGO, VOTO ENTRO IL 4/8.Schifani:"Sinistra fermi ostruzionismo" - TGCOM
Google News - over 5 years
19:02 - Il presidente del Senato, Renato Schifani, ha detto che si attiverà per garantire che entro giovedì 4 agosto - ultimo giorno di lavori prima delle vacanze - l'aula di Palazzo Madama voti il disegno di legge sul processo lungo e gli ultimi ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Renato Schifani
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 62
    He was a prominent member of the centre-right People of Freedom, before he joined the New Centre-Right party in 2013.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 58
    After being granted immunity Schifani has sued his critics Travaglio and Tabucchi for slander, allegedly claiming 1,3 million from Tabucchi as the author declared in the transmission Annozero, feb 5th 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The lodo Alfano was declared anti-constitutional in October 2009 as well.
  • 2008
    Age 57
    On May 10, 2008, the journalist Marco Travaglio interviewed on the RAI current affairs talk show television programme Che tempo che fa, talked about the Italian media.
    More Details Hide Details He mentioned past relationships between Schifani and men who have subsequently been condemned for Mafia association as an example of a relevant fact ignored by almost all Italian newspapers which published a biography of Schifani as the new president of Senate. The statement of Travaglio resulted in fierce and almost universally negative reactions including from the centre left, except for Antonio Di Pietro who said that Travaglio was ‘merely doing his job’. Some called for chief executives at RAI to be dismissed. The popular political commentator Beppe Grillo supported Travaglio, while Schifani announced he would go to Court and blame Travaglio for slander. Schifani said Travaglio's accusation was based on "inconsistent or manipulated facts, not even worthy of generating suspicions," adding that "someone wants to undermine the dialogue between the government and the opposition."
    Schifani was elected as President of the Senate on April 29, 2008, following the general election held earlier in the month.
    More Details Hide Details He received 178 out of 319 votes. In 1979, Renato Schifani founded and became managing director of the firm Siculabrokers. Enrico La Loggia (who would later become minister of Regional Affairs), Benny D'Agostino, Giuseppe Lombardo and Nino Mandalà were among its shareholders. Benny D’Agostino is an entrepreneur convicted for Mafia association, Mandalà was convicted for Mafia association and was indicated by the Court as the Mafia boss of Villabate, Lombardo was chairman and member of the board of Satris, a credit recovery agency whose shareholders were Nino and Ignazio Salvo, well known businessmen and Mafiosi of the Salemi “family,” arrested by prosecutor Giovanni Falcone in 1984. According to the pentito (Mafia turncoat) Francesco Campanella, Antonio Mandalà and La Loggia in the 1990s agreed on the master plan for the shopping centre they wanted to develop in the town of Villabate, which aroused the interests of politicians and the Mafia. Schifani, La Loggia and the civil engineer Guzzaro -– the consultant who advised the town -– would share the consulting fees for drawing up the master plan. The master plan of the town of Villabate was designed under specific instruction of Antonino and Nicola Mandalà (Antonino’s son who was responsible for the logistics to keep the fugitive Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano at large). They conspired with the local Mafia families and politicians to skim from the public contracts.
    From 29 April 2008 to 15 March 2013 he was President of the Italian Senate.
    More Details Hide Details Schifani was born in Palermo. Schifani worked as a lawyer who specialised in trials at the Supreme Court of Cassation, the major court of last resort. He specialized in real estate regulations and became active in the debt collecting business. Filippo Mancuso, the former Minister of Justice born in Palermo, termed Schifani “the prince of debt collectors” (“il principe del recupero crediti”).
  • 2003
    Age 52
    The lodo Schifani decree was then approved in June 2003 by the Italian parliament guaranteeing immunity to Silvio Berlusconi.
    More Details Hide Details The law was subsequently declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court on January 13, 2004. Similar provisions were included in the lodo Alfano Act (2008), granting immunity to the top four representatives of the State, including Berlusconi and the same Schifani as Speaker of the Senate.
  • 2002
    Age 51
    In 2002, Schifani was a protagonist in the attempt to secure the embedding of the provisional Article 41-bis prison regime – used against people imprisoned for particular crimes such as Mafia involvement – as a definitive measure in Italian law.
    More Details Hide Details Schifani and Antonio Maccanico, senator of the centre left L’Ulivo (Olive Tree) political coalition, gave their name to a bill aimed at granting immunity to the top five representatives of the State, including Silvio Berlusconi (although the other four were not facing trial). After extensive revisions of the text of the law by the Senate, Maccanico withdraw his name from the project.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 45
    Elected in 1996 in the Altofonte-Corleone district in Sicily, Schifani served as Silvio Berlusconi's chief whip in the Italian Senate.
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  • 1995
    Age 44
    Prior to joining Forza Italia in 1995, he was an active member of Christian Democracy.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on May 11, 1950.
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