Matteo Renzi and Cabinet sworn in


Matteo Renzi was sworn in yesterday as the new Prime Minister of Italy. Renzi also presented his Cabinet which has been slimmed down to 16 ministers from the former 21 ministers. Half of the new Cabinet will be women and many are newcomers.

The most notable addition is Minister of Economy and Finance, Pier Carlo Padoan, who has been Deputy Secretary General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris and their chief economist. He was at the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Sydney, Australia and was not able to return in time for the swearing in.

The new Cabinet will face a confidence motion in both houses of parliament probably on Monday and, assuming that is passed, will then officially take up their posts.

The full list of Ministers as published on the presidential website is as follows:

Federica Mogherini Minister of Foreign Affairs
Angelino Alfano Minister of Interior
Andrea Orlando Minister of Justice
Roberta Pinotti Minister of Defence
Pier Carlo Padoan Minister of Economy and Finance
Federica Guidi Minister of Economic Development
Maurizio Martina Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Gianluca Galletti Minister of Environment, Land and Sea
Maurizio Lupi Minister of Infrastructure and Transport
Giuliano Poletti Minister of Labour and Social Policy
Stefania Giannini Minister of Education, Universities and Research
Dario Franceschini Minister of National Heritage, Culture and Tourism
Beatrice Lorenzin Minister of Health
Ministers without Portfolio
Maria Elena Boschi Ministry for Constitutional Reforms and relations with Parliament
Marianna Madia Ministry of Public Administration and Simplification
Maria Carmela Lanzetta Ministry of Regional Affairs

More detailed briefing on the politics and risk of doing business in this country is available to clients and subscribers. If you would like to know more then please contact