New York, November 17, 2016: Remarks by GEI President Lucio Caputo:
It is with great pleasure that – on behalf of GEI and myself – I extend the most cordial welcome to GEI and to New York to the Mayor of Parma, Federico Pizzarotti.
Born in Parma, Federico Pizzarotti graduated at Primo Levi Institute, where he received a Technical Diploma with an electronics specialization.
He worked then, for over 10 years, as project manager and analyst for different banks and financial institutions and, in 2009, began his political career joining the Beppe Grillo Five Stars Movement.
In 2012, while working as project manager in information and communication technology at the Credito Emiliano in Reggio Emilia, he was elected Mayor of Parma. In 2015 he was appointed president of the Commission for Environment Policies by ANCI.
In 2016 he was investigated, as Mayor of Parma, for some appointment made in a local theater and, as consequence, was suspended by Grillo.
After the dismissal of the charges against him, Mayor Pizzarotti requested the cancellation of the suspension from the Five Stars Movement, without receiving any answer from Grillo.
Being this the situation last October 3rd, Mayor Pizzarotti announced his resignation from the Five Stars Movement. His resignation created some political turmoil in the Italian political scene and raised several questions about the democratic process inside the Five Stars Movement.
We will be very interested to hear the opinion of the Mayor on the whole process and especially on the consequences that it could have for the future Italian elections.
Meanwhile I am very pleased, on behalf of GEI, to present Mayor Pizzarotti with the “GEI Friendship Award” for his courage and for his determination in standing up for his convictions and at the same time wish him an “in bocca al lupo” for his future activities.