Diplomatic, with a long career behind him and many important roles covered in the political sphere without ever siding openly with any party: Elisabetta Belloni come possible first female president of the Republic it is a name that everyone would seem to agree on. After Silvio Berlusconi’s official retirement from the race and the confirmation of Sergio Mattarella’s final farewell, the diplomat is the “non-divisive” Roman figure on whom many are willing to bet.
but who is Elisabetta Belloni? What do we know about her?
Elisabetta Belloni, life and career
Elisabetta Belloni was born in Rome in September 1958. Graduated in Political Science from the LUISS University of Rome, she was 27 when she began her diplomatic career: in 1985, in fact, he began to give service to the Farnesina at the Directorate General for Political Affairs, then in 1986 he worked at the UNIDO in Vienna.
From 1989 to 1992, he moved back to the Political Affairs Directorate, where he oversaw the work of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), was Deputy Head of the CSBM (Confidence and Security Building Measures) Delegation in Vienna and, later, a member by the Italian delegation to the Helsinki follow-up conference on the CSCE.
From 1993 to 1996 it is First Secretary in Vienna at the diplomatic mission at international organizations then, until 1999, he served at the Italian Embassy in Bratislava.
Elisabetta Belloni returns to Italy, in Rome, in 1999, he starts working at the Russia Office of the Political Affairs Directorate. In 2000 he was head of the Secretariat at the Directorate for the Countries of Europe. The following year, and for two years, she was appointed Head of the Office for Central and Eastern European Countries.
Elisabetta Belloni, The return to Italy and the appointment of ambassador
Elisabetta Belloni, under the Government of Silvio Berlusconi, in 2002, he became head of the Secretariat of the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs. In 2004 he was appointed Head of the Crisis Unit of the Farnesina. However, since her career began, she has never sided – politically and openly – with any party.
From 2008 to 2012 he was Director General for Development Cooperation, then – from 2013 to 2015 – he assumed the functions of Director General for Resources and Innovation. She is 56 years old, and has a very respectable resume, when she is promoted to rank Ambassador, while the successful year – in 2015, under the Government of Matteo Renzi – take up the post of Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. In May 2016, she was entrusted with the role of Secretary General of the Farnesina.
With the Draghi government, another prominent role and responsibility is entrusted to Elisabetta Belloni: the President of the Council in office, in fact, in 2021 appoints the Ambassador General Director of the DIS, the Department of Information for Security, the body used by the President of the Council of Ministries and the delegated Authority for the exercise of their functions and to ensure unity in the planning of information research, in the analysis and in the operational activities of AISE and AISI.
Between honors recognized to Elisabetta Belloni, there are: the title of Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, on the initiative of the President of the Republic (he is the highest of the orders of the Italian Republic); the title Knight of the Legion of Honor awarded to him by France “for his contribution to bilateral cooperation, in particular during the emergencies in Lebanon, the tsunami in Asia and the clashes in the Ivory Coast”; and the ribbon for the ordinary uniform of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Faithful Service, which was recognized in Romania on 15 October 2018.
And speaking of elections for the President of the Republic, for the first time these will take place during a pandemic: here we have illustrated the rules for taking part in the vote, while here the requirements for being elected in Italy. and here recognized it to the new Head of State.