Franco Maria Malfatti

Franco Maria Malfatti (Italian pronunciation: [ˈfraŋko maˈriːa malˈfatti] (listen); 13 June 1927 – 10 December 1991) was an Italian politician who served as the 3rd President of the European Commission from 1970 to 1972. He served at Italian level as Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1979 to 1980 and Italian Minister of Education from 1973 to 1978.

Franco Maria Malfatti

3rd President of the European Commission
In office
1 July 1970  1 March 1972
Vice PresidentSicco Mansholt
Preceded byJean Rey
Succeeded bySicco Mansholt
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 August 1979  15 January 1980
Prime MinisterFrancesco Cossiga
Preceded byArnaldo Forlani
Succeeded byAttilio Ruffini
Minister of Finance
In office
11 March 1978  4 August 1979
Prime MinisterGiulio Andreotti
Preceded byFilippo Maria Pandolfi
Succeeded byFranco Reviglio
Minister of Education
In office
7 July 1973  11 March 1978
Prime MinisterMariano Rumor
Aldo Moro
Giulio Andreotti
Preceded byOscar Luigi Scalfaro
Succeeded byMario Pedini
Minister of Post and Telecommunications
In office
27 March 1970  9 June 1970
Prime MinisterMariano Rumor
Preceded byAthos Valsecchi
Succeeded byGiacinto Bosco
Minister of State Holdings
In office
5 August 1969  27 March 1970
Prime MinisterMariano Rumor
Preceded byArnaldo Forlani
Succeeded byFlaminio Piccoli
Personal details
Born(1927-06-13)13 June 1927
Rome, Italy
Died10 December 1991(1991-12-10) (aged 64)
Rome, Italy
Resting placeSanta Croce, Florence, Italy[citation needed]
Political partyChristian Democracy
Spouse(s)Franca Spinola[citation needed]
Children2[citation needed]
Alma mater


Malfatti was born in Rome to parents who were from the province of Rieti. He was an important member of the governing council of Democrazia Cristiana (the Christian Democratic party) in which he became chief of political bureau, and covered several institutional charges.

In Democrazia Cristiana, he was a member of Dossetti's lobby, together with Amintore Fanfani, Aldo Moro, and Giorgio La Pira. In 1951 he was elected national representative for young members; in 1958 he was elected deputy for the district of Rieti and Umbria. He served as minister for Foreign Affairs (1979–80), Finance (1978–79), Education, Industry, State holdings, and Telecommunications.

He was also the third President of the European Commission from 1970 to 1972. The "Malfatti Commission" began as the integration process was relaunched: the EC adopting a financial framework and competing the single market. There was also the beginnings of political cooperation, monetary cooperation and of enlargement as talks opened with Denmark, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom.[1] He resigned from this post in 1972 to run for office in Italy.[2]

In the 1980s he was chief of the Italian delegation in the European Parliament. Politically close to Aldo Moro's lobby, Malfatti was among the participants in Bilderberg meetings.