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Vincenzo Scotti

Vincenzo Scotti
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
June 28, 1992 – July 29, 1992
Prime Minister Giuliano Amato
Preceded by Gianni De Michelis
Succeeded by Giuliano Amato
Minister of the Interior
In office
October 16, 1990 – June 28, 1992
Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti
Preceded by Antonio Gava
Succeeded by Nicola Mancino
Personal details
Born (1933-09-16) September 16, 1933
Naples, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Christian Democracy
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Vincenzo Scotti (born September 16, 1933) is an Italian politician and member of Christian Democracy (DC). He was Minister of the Interior and Minister of Foreign Affairs.


  • Biography 1
  • Teaching career 2
  • Legal issues 3
  • References 4


Born in Naples, he graduated in economics at the Università di Roma La Sapienza in 1955.

In his early career he was responsible for the Centre for Research of the Workers union CISL. In 1968 Scotti was elected as Deputy for the Christian Democracy in the Italian Parliament. Later he was Minister for Cultural Assets and Activities (1981–82), member of the Finance Commission to the House of Deputies, Undersecretary of State to the Ministry of Budget, Labour Minister, Minister for Coordination of European Community Policies, Minister of Art and Cultural Heritage and the Environment, Minister of Civil Protections, and President of the Parliamentary Group for the Christian Democrats to the House of Deputies (the largest group of the Italian parliament with 230 deputies). He was elected Mayor of Naples in 1984.

During his term as Minister of Interior (1990-1992) laws which permitted police authorities and magistrates to act against the Mafia organisation Camorra were promulgated. In collaboration with judge Giovanni Falcone and US attorney Rudy Giuliani, he founded the DIA (Direzione Investigativa Antimafia), a specialised anti-mafia police force.

As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he participated in the CSCE. During the arms embargo of Yugoslavia and as president of the UEO he was responsible for organisation of patrols of international waters by Italian armed forces.

He was cofounder of Fondazione Valenzi, an institution culturally and socially active created in memory of the ancient mayor of Naples Maurizio Valenzi.

Teaching career

From 1969 to 1995 he taught at the LUISS, a private university in Rome, Italy as professor of Development Economics. Currently, he is President of Link Campus University, the Italian branch of the University of Malta.

Legal issues

Scotti was one of the most important DC figures in Campania. In the 1980s, together with many other members of the party, he was involved in a financial scandal which followed reconstruction after the 1980 Irpinia earthquake, but avoided judgement due to the statute of limitations. Together with that of Antonio Gava, his name was mentioned in the kidnapping and liberation of DC member Ciro Cirillo by the Italian Red Brigades terrorist group in 1981. Scotti allegedly met Camorra boss Raffaele Cutolo in the prison at Ascoli Piceno to make arrangements for the ransom to be paid with Camorra money.[1][2]

Scotti was accused of corruption in scandals regarding garbage management and construction projects for the 1990 Football World Cup, but was finally acquitted of all charges. Italy's Court of Accounts sentenced him to pay €2,995,450 for having the Italian state buy a building in Rome at a swollen price, in order to create cash for SISDE, Italy's secret service.[3]


  1. ^ Stille, Excellent Cadavers, p. 77-78
  2. ^ Behan, See Naples and Die, p. 139
  3. ^
  • Behan, Tom (2002), See Naples and Die: The Camorra and Organized Crime, London/New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers, ISBN 1-86064-783-9
  • Stille, Alexander (1995). Excellent Cadavers. The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic, New York: Vintage ISBN 0-09-959491-9

Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Deputy for Naples
1968 – 1984
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Political offices
Preceded by
Salvatore Lima
Undersecretary to the Italian Minister of Balance
1976 – 1978
Succeeded by
Lucio Gustavo Abis
Preceded by
Tina Anselmi
Italian Minister of Labour
1978 – 1980
Succeeded by
Franco Foschi
New title Italian Minister of European Affairs
1980 – 1981
Succeeded by
Lucio Gustavo Abis
Preceded by
Oddo Biasini
Italian Minister of Culture
1981 – 1982
Succeeded by
Nicola Vernola
Preceded by
Michele Di Giesi
Italian Minister of Labour
1982 – 1983
Succeeded by
Gianni De Michelis
Preceded by
Loris Fortuna
Italian Minister of Civil Defense
1983 – 1984
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Zamberletti
Preceded by
Francesco Picardi
Mayor of Naples
Succeeded by
Mario Forte
Preceded by
Antonio Gava
Italian Minister of the Interior
1990 – 1992
Succeeded by
Nicola Mancino
Preceded by
Gianni De Michelis
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Giuliano Amato
Preceded by
Vittorio Craxi, Famiano Crucianelli,
Donato Di Santo, Gianni Vernetti
Under Secretary to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
2008 – present
Served alongside: Stefania Craxi, Alfredo Mantica

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