Romano Prodi (born 9 August 1939) is an Italian politician who served as the 10th President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004. He served twice as Prime Minister of Italy, first from 17 May 1996 to 21 October 1998 and then from 17 May 2006 to 8 May 2008. He is considered the founder of the Italian centre-left and one of the most prominent and iconic figures of the so-called Second Republic.
A former professor of economics, Prodi ran in 1996 as lead candidate of The Olive Tree coalition, winning the general election and serving as Prime Minister of Italy until 1998. Following the victory of his coalition The Union in the April 2006 Italian elections, Prodi took power again. Up to this time, he has been the only one lead candidate of Italian centre-left who won elections and managed to form a government without the need of opponents' parliamentary support.
On 14 October 2007, Prodi became the first President of the Democratic Party upon foundation of the party. On 12 September 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon selected Prodi as president of the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping panel.He is currently serving as the United Nations Special Envoy for the Sahel.
LETTER OF OHRID ACADEMY OF HUMANISM TO ROMANO PRODI
"It is a great honor and veritable joy to be informed about the bestowment of The world prize for humanism 2019 to myself. I’m very grateful to the Ohrid Academy of Humanism to have considered my profile as a winner of such a prestigious award, which in the past was given to personalities of a highest level. I’m equally grateful because I’m convinced that the values of humanism are very important, especially now, in the context of present tendencies, as they are openly defied by the forces of populism. I hereby confirm my presence in Ohrid in January 2019, with my wife Flavia, to receive the world prize for humanism.
LETTER OF ROMANO PRODI