Meloni government, Minister of Justice: who is Carlo Nordio

The new Keeper of Seals among the supporters of the yes to the Lega-Radicali referendums

His name had appeared in the hectic days of negotiations between the parties for the election of the President of the Republic, first in the list of candidates for the center-right coalition, then voted by the Brothers of Italy as a ‘flag’ candidate, against the re-nomination of Sergio Mattarella supported by the government majority. Carlo Nordio, a retired magistrate, elected deputy on the FdI lists with a record of preferences in the single-member constituency of Treviso, is the new Minister of Justice, indicated from the beginning by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni for one of the fundamental boxes of the government.

Born in Treviso in 1947, in the judiciary since 1977, he spent his career in toga in Venice. At the beginning he led the investigation on the Venetian Red Brigades, on some kidnappings, then in the 90s the investigation on the red Coop and the contrast to the Venetian Tangentopoli. First deputy prosecutor, he became deputy in 2009 and in 2017, the year he retired, he headed the prosecutor’s office as acting, before the appointment of the head. The last major investigation of which he was the owner, the one on the Mose, the bribes in the construction of the protection system from high tide, which led to 35 arrests.

He was consultant to the Parliamentary Commission for Terrorism, President of the Ministerial Commission for the reform of the Criminal Code and coordinator of the Study Commission of Palazzo Chigi and of the Ministry for Regional Affairs on the status of local administrators. He is a columnist for the ‘Messaggero’ and the ‘Gazzettino’, where he also edits the third cultural page on a weekly basis. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Venice Foundation, of the Einaudi Foundation and of the Bioethics Committee of USL2 Treviso. He was president of the jury of the Campiello literary prize for 2018 and 2019. Since 5 December 2018 he has been a member of the board of directors of the Luigi Einaudi Onlus Foundation. On the occasion of the referendum on justice last June he was among the supporters of the reasons for the yes, joining, as one of its major exponents, the ‘Committee for the yes’ to the questions proposed by Lega and Radicali.