Biography

Enrico Rossi was born into a working class family in Bientina, Pisa, on 25 August 1958. Following his classical high school diploma, he studied at University of Pisa. In 1982 he earned a degree in Philosophy, writing a thesis on Agnes Heller, a Hungarian philosopher member of the "Budapest School", and a known representative of communist dissent.

His political engagement starts at the beginning of the '80s with the Italian Communist Party (PCI). In 1985, after briefly working as a reporter for the Pontedera edition of Il Tirreno, he is appointed as Deputy Mayor and council member of the Municipality of Pontedera. He will then serve as Mayor of Pontedera from 1990 to 1999. As a Mayor, he is the main promoter of "Progetto Pontedera" ("Pontedera Project"), that prevents the relocation of the Piaggio factory and its closure.

From 2000 to 2010 he's the Regional Minister of Health. Under his leadership, the public healthcare in Tuscany reaches a level of high quality for the provided services, facilities and technologies. It also achieves a balanced budget.

In 2010 he is elected President of the Tuscany Region for the first time. He’s re-elected, on the first ballot, in 2015. At the core of his work as a President, besides his defence of employment and production centres, what stand out are the project "Giovani Sì", conceived the help young people achieve independence, "Toscana Solidale", a plan to help improve opportunities for disadvantaged people, the abolition of annuities for politicians and the regional spending review, his battle for commuters' rights, the regional waste disposal plan, the regional landscape plan, his special plan for workplace safety in the Prato district and in the marble district. Thanks to his commitment, the Tuscany Region is on the frontline for the redevelopment of the Ports of Livorno and Piombino.

At the core of Enrico Rossi’s experience, there is the commitment to the struggles for labour and employment, the promotion of human, civil and social rights, the development of infrastructures, the safeguard of the landscape, the reorganisation of the structure of regional governments.

He is Vice-president of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CRPM – CPMR), Member of the European Committee of the Regions (CdR – CoR) and, since 2019, Vice-president of its Socialist group (PSE/S&D).

He has written various books: “Viaggio in Toscana” (Donzelli, 2014), “L'Italia Centrata” (Quodilbet, 2016), “Rivoluzione socialista” (Castelvecchi editore, 2016), “Non basta dire Europa” (Castelvecchi editore, 2019), “Prima le persone. Contro il decreto Salvini” (Castelvecchi, 2019).

Enrico is married to Laura. With his first partner, Paola, he had a son, Cesare, born in 1988, and with a degree in Political Science.

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12.12.2019
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