Who is VITO BONSIGNORE?
He was born on the 3rd of July 1943 in Bronte, Sicily and grew up in Turin. Vito Bonsignore moved to Turin when he was 18 years old.
He graduated in Business and Economics and started his career as an entrepreneur in Turin. Within a few years he fulfilled several important roles such as Manager and CEO for the Highway Turin-Alessandria-Piacenza and was appointed Board Member for IMI (Public Institution for Credit) and INSUD S.p.a. In due course he became Managing Director for the Turin-Milan Highway company.
Vito Bonsignore did all this without diverting from his "greater passion” politics. He has been city Councilman of Venaria Reale(To) from 1970 to 1980, Deputy at the Italian Parliament for two mandates and Under-Secretary for the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning during the first Government led by Giuliano Amato (1992-1993). He was a member of the Central Coordination (DC). Today he is one of the founders of the Popolo della Libertà (PDL).
At the European Parliament he is currently the Vice-President of the EPP-ED Group responsible for:
- Relationships within the EPP-ED Groups inside the National Parliaments;
- Delegation EPP-ED to the APEM
- Relationships between the Countries within the Mediterranean area;
- Relationships between the Countries involved in the Enlargement of the Balkans;
- Dialogue with Islam;
- Vice-President of the Delegation responsible for relationships with the United States of America
In the last European elections was re-elected with over 53,000 preferences and confirmed Vice President of the EPP in the European Parliament.
He is currently a member of:
- Special Committee on the financial, Economic and Social Crisis (responsible for the EPP Group)
- Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries
- Delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly
Vito Bonsignore is a substitute member of:
- Committee on Budgets
- Committee on Fisheries
- Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee
Your principal characteristic?
To make projects happen
Your favorite qualities in a man?
The quality you most like in a woman?
What virtue do you value most?
What is your main fault?
I tend to trust people… sometimes too much
What do you like to eat?
Spaghetti with fresh tomatoes
… and drink?
What is the most valuable thing you have?
Where would you like to live?
What would you need in order to be really happy?
I'm already happy enough
The happiest day of your life?
The wedding of my daughter Katia
When is the last time you cried?
At my father’s funeral
What do you fear?
I fear not to be able to protect the ones I love
The politician that you appreciate the most?
Alcide de Gasperi
And the one that you hate the most?
Dictators, Hitler in particular
A point in time you felt proud to be Italian?
At the arrival of our soldiers in Beirut
And have you ever felt ashamed to be Italian?
Who is your favourite hero in World history?
Charles V, the real conqueror of the world
Who are your favourite writers?
A dream that never came true?
Obtaining a Masters at the MIT of Boston
What has this past legislature left in you?
The enthusiasm, the joy for realizing projects for the goodness of the EU Citizen
Talking about the missions you have done for the EU Parliament, which is the one closest to your heart?
Israel and Palestine. We have done a lot to contribute towards the peace process in the Region
What is Europe for you?
Europe is Our Future, because none of us can do without it