The President represents the Council and exercises the functions assigned to him by law and the Regulations. He promotes, directs and coordinates CNEL's activities. Renato Brunetta was appointed President of CNEL by Presidential Decree of 21 April 2023, published in the Official Journal No. 104 of 5 May 2023.
Economist, politician, essayist.
- He has been President of the CNEL since April 2023.
- He has been President of the Venice World Capital of Sustainability Foundation since March 2022, appointed by Prime Minister Draghi.
- He was Minister of Public Administration, 18th legislature, Draghi government, from February 2021 to October 2022.
- Member of Parliament for Forza Italia, elected in March 2018 to the Chamber of Deputies in the uninominal constituency of San Donà di Piave, for the 18th legislature.
- Full Professor of Labour Economics at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata.
- He was President of the Forza Italia-PDL-Berlusconi Presidente parliamentary group in the Chamber of Deputies from March 2013 to March 2018, for the 17th legislature.
- He was Department Coordinator and Programme Manager of the Popolo della Libertà (The People of Freedom) from January 2012 to March 2013.
- He was Minister of Public Administration and Innovation from May 2008 to November 2011, 16th legislature, Berlusconi IV government.
- Member of the Chamber of Deputies since April 2008, elected in the Veneto II constituency, in the Popolo della Libertà (The People of Freedom) list, for the 16th legislature.
- He was Deputy National Coordinator of Forza Italia from 2007 to 2008.
- He was a Member of the European Parliament from July 1999 to April 2008, elected on the Forza Italia list and a member of the PPE-DE Group, where he served as Vice-Chairman of the Commission for Industry, Research and Energy, for the 5th and 6th legislatures.
- He was Head of the Programme Sector from 1998 and 2007-2008 Deputy National Coordinator of Forza Italia.
- He served as Secretary-General of the Brodolini Foundation from 1980 to 1996. In those same years he directed the quarterly magazine on economic policy and industrial relations "Economia & Lavoro".
- He has been editor of the quarterly journal "Labour", Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, published by Basil Blackwell since 1987.
- He collaborated as an economic advisor with the Craxi, Amato and Ciampi governments in the 1980s and 1990s. He was economic advisor to Prime Minister Berlusconi from 2003-2006. He was Vice-Chairman of the OECD Labour and Social Affairs Committee (Paris, 1985-1989). He was responsible for all employment and income policy strategies at the Ministry of Labour from 1983 to 1987.
- He is the author of numerous scientific publications and volumes on labour economics and industrial relations, in particular: "Microeconomia del lavoro. Teoria e analisi empiriche" (Microeconomics of Labour. Theory and Empirical Analysis) (Marsilio Editori, 1987), "Disoccupazione, isteresi e irreversibilità. Per una nuova interpretazione del Mercato del lavoro" (Unemployment, hysteresis and irreversibility. For a new interpretation of the labour market) (ETAS libri, 1992), "La fine della società dei salariati" (The end of the wage-earning society) (Marsilio Editori, 1994) and "Economia del lavoro" (Labour economics) (UTET, 1999).
- A columnist for Affari Italiani, Huffington Post, Il Corriere della Sera, Il Dubbio, Il Foglio, Il Gazzettino, Il Giornale, Il Giorno, Il Resto del Carlino, Il Rifomista, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Nazione, Libero, Milano Finanza.
- He edited the successful series "Manuali di conversazione politica" (Political Conversation Manuals) published by Libero and Free Foundation from 2006 to 2008, together with Vittorio Feltri and then with Maurizio Belpietro.
- Since 2009 he has published: "Sud. Un sogno possibile" (South. A possible dream) (Donzelli Editore, 2009), "Rivoluzione in corso" (Revolution in progress) (Mondadori, 2009), "La mia politica" (My politics) (Marsilio Editori, 2011), "L'occasione della crisi" (The opportunity of the crisis) (Rubbettino, 2011), "Il grande imbroglio" (The great swindle) (Marsilio Editori, 2012), "Il grande imbroglio 2" (The great swindle 2) (Marsilio Editori, 2013), "Il grande imbroglio 3" (The great swindle 3) (Marsilio Editori, 2014), "La mia utopia. La piena occupazione è possibile" (My utopia. Full employment is possible) (Mondadori, 2014), "Berlusconi deve cadere. Cronaca di un complotto" (Berlusconi must fall. Chronicle of a conspiracy) (Il Giornale, 2014), "Cronache economico politiche dalla pandemia" (Chronicles of political economy from the pandemic) (Free, 2020).
- He has received multiple awards during his career: in 1988 the "Saint Vincent Award" for economics; in 1992 the "Tarantelli Award" for the best work on labour economics; in 1995 the "Scanno Award" for the best work on industrial relations; in 2000 the "Rodolfo Valentino International Award" for economics, finance and communication; in 2009 the "Capalbio Award 2009" in the 'Politics' section for the book "Rivoluzione in corso" (Revolution in Progress); in 2015 the "Lucio Colletti" journalism award for intellectual autonomy and independence in communication; in 2018 the "Golden Lion for Peace" award, a special career award.
- President of the Ravello Foundation in the three-year period 2011/2014.
- Member of the President's Council of the Querini Stampalia Foundation from July 2018 to March 2021.
- Renato Brunetta was born in Venice on 26 May 1950.
He is the author of numerous scientific publications and volumes on labour economics and industrial relations. A columnist for Italy's most important newspapers, he has received many awards, including the Saint-Vincent Award for Economics (1988), the Scanno Award for the best work on industrial relations (1995), the Italia Informa 2021 Award as Personality of the Year (2021), the Farnèse d'Or Award in the "Politics" section (2022) and the Camillo Cavour Award (2022) as a personality who has particularly distinguished himself in the field of politics.