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Italian minister for cultural heritage and activities and for tourism Dario Franceschini (born 19 October 1958) is an Italian lawyer, writer and politician.

He was a prominent member of the Italian People’s Party (PPI) and of the Margherita Party and is active in the Democratic Party, for which he held the role of national secretary and group leader in the Chamber of Deputies, and is currently head of delegation in the second Conte government.

He has held various government positions: he was undersecretary of state to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers from 1999 to 2001; minister of relations with parliament and the coordination of government activities from 2013 to 2014; minister of cultural heritage and activities and tourism from 2014 to 2018 and again from 5 September 2019 to the present.

The duration of his role makes him the longest-serving minister of culture and tourism in the history of the Italian Republic.

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