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Romano Prodi
Romano Prodi
Order: 10th President of the European Commission
Term of Office September 1999-30 October, 2004
Predecessor: Manuel Marin
Successor: Jos Manuel Duro Barroso
Date of Birth 9 August 1939
Place of Birth: Scandiano, Reggio Emilia
Wife: Flavia Franzoni in Prodi
Occupation: Professor
Political Party: Ulivo coalition (later renamed The Union)

Romano Prodi (Scandiano, Reggio Emilia August 9, 1939) is an Italian politician and a former President of the European Commission. He earned a degree in law from the Catholic University of Milan and later studied at the London School of Economics. This began a career in Italy's academia as a professor and researcher in Economics, which included brief visiting appointments at Stanford and Harvard universities in the United States. He was for several years professor at the University of Bologna (1971 1999), city where he lives.

An election stand for the Olive Tree coalition, during campaigning for the  election, , seen in , Italy. Note that the poster shows Romano Prodi and roundels (party electoral/ballot logos) for each of the constituent parties in the coalition.
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An election stand for the Olive Tree coalition, during campaigning for the European Parliament election, 2004, seen in Como, Italy. Note that the poster shows Romano Prodi and roundels (party electoral/ballot logos) for each of the constituent parties in the coalition.

During the mid-1970s, he began to enter Italian politics, and was appointed Minister of Industry in 1978; he held posts on various commissions through the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1995 he became Chairman of the centre-left Ulivo coalition, and in 1996 Prime Minister. His government fell in 1998 when the Communist Refoundation Party withdrew support, allowing the formation of a new government under Massimo D'Alema.

From September 1999 until November 18, 2004 he was the President of the European Commission.

As leader of Italy's Ulivo coalition, Prodi currently leads the opposition to Silvio Berlusconi's House of Freedoms right-wing government. Prodi is expected to lead the Ulivo coalition in the 2006 general election campaign.


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Preceded by:
Lamberto Dini
Prime Minister of Italy
1996–1998
Succeeded by:
Massimo D'Alema
Preceded by:
Jacques Santer
President of the European Commission
1999–2004
Succeeded by:
Jos Manuel Duro Barroso

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