Roberto Gualtieri, who chairs the European Parliaments economic and monetary affairs committee, will be Italys new finance minister.
His name was on a list of 21 Cabinet ministers officially presented to President Sergio Mattarella by Giuseppe Conte, who will remain prime minister in a government made up of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) and the anti-establishment 5Star Movement.
The 5Stars have 10 ministers, the PD nine and one goes to Leu, a small far-left group that will also be part of the coalition. Another minister is a technocrat not affiliated to any party.
Conte said the new government would “dedicate … our best energies” to “make Italy better.”
A PD official said Gualtieri received strong support from former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who wanted him at the Treasury and wanted Nicola Danti — who will take Gualtieris seat as an MEP and is considered close to Renzi — to take over at the helm of the ECON committee.
Danti declined to comment.
Conte also confirmed that Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the 5Stars, will become foreign minister. Di Maio was deputy prime minister and development minister in a government formed last year with the far-right League. That governments collapse, at the start of August, paved the way for a tie-up between the 5Stars and the PD, two parties which have long been at odds.
Another key position is the interior ministry, which had been in the hands of League leader Matteo Salvini, whose campaigns against NGOs rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean were considered an essential component of the Leagues success. The PD wants a radical change of course and Salvini will be replaced by the only technocrat in the Cabinet, Luciana Lamorgese, a former senior interior ministry official and migration expert.
Lamorgese is one of seven women in the government.
Defense minister will be Lorenzo Guerini of the PD, who is close to Renzi and was in charge of Copasir, a parliament committee that oversees the intelligence services. Also from the PD is the new Europe minister, Enzo Amendola.