Gianni Pittella was elected Chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament on 2 July 2014. As leader of the Socialists and Democrats (2014-2018), Gianni committed to fighting inequalities by shoring up growth and employment in the EU. At the age of 21, he was elected to the municipal council in his hometown and a year later he became a member of the regional council of Basilicata with responsibility for training, culture and productive activities. After graduating in medicine and surgery (specialising in legal and forensic medicine), Gianni remained very much involved in local and national politics. In 1996, he was elected to the Italian Parliament. His passion for Europe led him to pursue his political work at the EU level and he was elected to the European Parliament in 1999, joining the Group of the Party of European Socialists (the former name of the S&D Group). Gianni has been a member of the European Parliament since then, taking on several important roles within the S&D Group as Head of the Italian delegation (since 2006), and as the European Parliament’s most senior Vice-President (2009-2014). Among his responsibilities as Vice-President, he was in charge of conciliations between the European Parliament and the Council. Besides his political work, Gianni is the author of several books on the future and challenges of the European project such as a Brief History of the Future of the United States of Europe (2013). He is also a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia’s London Academy of Diplomacy

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