Monti appoints technocrat Cabinet


Mario Monti was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Italy yesterday along with most of his Cabinet. The exception being the new Minister for Foreign Affairs who was in Washington at the time of his appointment and he will be sworn in today.

Following intensive discussions the prime minister came to the conclusion that it would be too difficult to include politicians in the Cabinet or as he put it “During my consultations I reached the conclusion that the non-inclusion of politicians in my government will actually help it”.

The prime minister has reduced the number of ministries to 17 from 23, with the ministries for implementation of the government’s programme, civil service, youth, reforms for federalism and legislative simplification being dropped or absorbed into other super ministries.

The full list of ministers appointed yesterday who will sit in Cabinet are:

Mario Monti Prime Minister and interim Minister for Finance
Corrado Passera Minister for Economic development and Infrastructure
Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata Minister for Foreign affairs
Anna Maria Cancellieri Minister for the Interior
Paola Severino Minister for Justice
Andrea Riccardi Minister for Overseas development
Luisa Torchia Minister for the Civil Service
Enzo Moavero Milanesi Minister of EU affairs
Mario Catania Minister for Agricultural Policy
Renato Balduzzi Minister for Health
Corrado Clini Minister for the Environment
Piero Gnudi Minister of Tourism and Sport
Francesco Profumo Minister for Education
Elsa Fornero Minister for Employment with Equal opportunities.
Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola Minister for Defence
Lorenzo Ornaghi Minister for Culture
Piero Giarda Minister of relations with Parliament
Antonio Catricala Secretary of State to the Prime Minister
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