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Pres. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
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Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (born in Livorno, 9 December 1920) was elected as the tenth President of Italy on May 13, 1999.

After receiving a degree in Literature in 1941 from the Scuola Normale of Pisa, one of the country's most prestigious universities, he obtained a degree in Law from the University of Pisa in 1946. That same year, he began working at the Banca d'Italia. In 1960, he was called to work in the central administration of the Banca d'Italia, where he became Secretary General in 1973, Vice Director General in 1976, and Director General in 1978. In October 1979, he was nominated Governor of the Banca d'Italia and President of the Ufficio Italiano Cambi, positions he filled until 1993. From April 1993 to May 1994, he was the Italian Prime Minister overseeing a technical government. Later, as Treasury Minister from 1996 to May 1999, he was credited with adopting the euro currency.

On May 5, 2005 he received the Charlemagne Award of the city of Aachen. On June 15, 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the cole Normale Suprieure of Paris.


Preceded by:
Giuliano Amato
Prime Minister of Italy
1993–1994
Succeeded by:
Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by:
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
President of Italy
1999–present
Succeeded by:
current incumbent

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