|Member of the European Parliament|
|Assumed office |
7 June 2009
|Mayor of Bologna|
13 June 2004 – 21 June 2009
|Preceded by||Giorgio Guazzaloca|
|Succeeded by||Flavio Delbono|
|General Secretary of CGIL|
29 June 1994 – 20 September 2002
|Preceded by||Bruno Trentin|
|Succeeded by||Guglielmo Epifani|
|Born||30 January 1948|
Sesto ed Uniti, Italy
|Political party||DS (before 2007)|
Sergio Cofferati (born 30 January 1948) is an Italian politician who was Mayor of Bologna for the Democrats of the Left from 2004 to 2009. He has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2009, elected as a candidate of the Democratic Party.
Early life and career
Initially an employee for the Milan's Pirelli and a member of CGIL, Cofferati rose up in the major Italian trade union, becoming leader of Filcea (the chemical labour wing of CGIL) in 1988, and leader of the CGIL itself in 1990, succeeding Bruno Trentin. He led the CGIL until 2002, after having obtained some relevant triumphs such as negotiating the reform of pensions in 1995, and opposing the change of article 18 of the "workers' statute", a 1970 bill, which allows Italian judges to condemn enterprise to assume workers from theirself fired. After having left his position in the CGIL, he went back to his position at Pirelli but his old factory didn't exist anymore.
In 2004, Cofferati was elected as Mayor of Bologna, replacing Giorgio Guazzaloca. In 2008, he decided not to run for his second term as mayor.
Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present
In 2009 Cofferati was elected to the European Parliament. He first served on the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (2009-2012) before moving to Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection in 2012. In 2016, he also joined the Parliament's temporary Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) that investigated the Panama Papers revelations and tax avoidance schemes more broadly.
In addition to his committee assignments, Cofferati is one of the vice chairs of the European Parliament Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas. He is also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara; the European Parliament Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights; and the MEP Heart Group, a group of parliamentarians who have an interest in promoting measures that will help reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD).
| Mayor of Bologna