13 June 2017:90th anniversary of the birth of Franco Maria Malfatti
The 13 June 2017 marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of Franco Maria Malfatti, former President of the Commission of the European Communities (CEC). Born in Rome on the 13 June 1927, Franco Maria Malfatti was a journalist by training. Prior to start his political career he has been director of the "Il Popolo" and "La Discussione" daily newspapers. In 1958 he entered the Italian Chamber of Deputies and will be elected for 8 consecutive terms of office until 1992. In June 1970 he was appointed President of the CEC, and will leave office in March 1972. Within the Italian Council of Ministers, Franco Maria Malfatti has successively held the positions of Under-Secretary for the Industry, Foreign Affairs, Budget and Planning, and Minister for State-Owned Enterprises, and for Post and Telecommunications between 1969 and 1970. In 1979, he also served as Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, but resigned in 1980 due to health reasons. Franco Maria Malfatti passed away on 10 January 1991 in Rome.