Defence of Italy
Prof. Beniamino Andreatta was born on August 11, 1928 in Trento. He currently resides in Bologna. He was graduated in Law from the University of Padua (in 1950). He studied Economics at the Catholic "Sacro Cuore" University of Milan and also attended Cambridge University.
During the course of his academic career, he has taught at the Catholic University of Milan and at the University of Urbino, Trento and Bologna, he is currently regular Professor at the latter.
He founded the Cosenza University, and was its president. In 1961 Prof. Andreatta was sent by MIT to India, as Economic Counsellor at the Planning Commission of the Nehru Government.
In the 1970's he was Economic Counsellor to Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.
In 1974 he founded "Prometeia", an association of economic forecasts and - in 1976 - AREL, Agency of research and Legislation, of which he is currently President.
>From 1976 to 1992 he was a Member of Parliament, serving at different times in the Senate and in the Chamber of Deputies. During that period he served as member of the Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee and was President of Budget Committee of the Italian Senate during the 1oth legislature. He was re-elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1994.
In the election of April 1996 Prof. Andreatta was elected to the Chamber of Deputies n the constituency of Rimini for the Popular Party - Olive Tree Coalition.
He has held several important government positions: Minister of the Budget from 1979 to 1980 (in the Cossiga government); Minister of the Treasury from 1980 to 1982 (in the Forlani and Spadolini governments), Minister of the Budget (in the Ciamp government) in 1993 and 1994.
He was appointed Minister of Defence in the Prodi government on May 18, 1996.
From 1984 to 1987 he served Vice-President of the European Popular Party and at the end of 1993, he was one of the main founders of the Italian Popular Party.
From 1994 to 1996 he was President of the Italian Popular Party Deputies.
Minister Andreatta is married and has four children.