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US AND EU OFFICIALS SPEAK ON MINISTERIAL TROIKA ON SECURITY
European Union Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini (R) speaks at a press conference following a Ministerial Troika on security, in Washington on November 6, 2006. Officials from the European Union meet with their U.S. counterparts to discuss global security and the sharing of information. Frattini was joined by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Franco Frattini (born 14 March 1957 in Rome) is an Italian politician, currently serving as Italy's Foreign minister in the Berlusconi Cabinet. Before 8 May 2008 he served as European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security and one of five vice-presidents of the 27-member Barroso Commission.

Initially a member of the Italian Socialist Party, Frattini has been a member of Silvio Berlusconi's government since 2001, and Foreign minister of Italy since 14 November 2002; he is also a member of the centre-right party People of Freedom.

On 4 November 2004, he was nominated to take up the Justice and security portfolio in the Commission, in place of the controversial Rocco Buttiglione (who outed Frattini as a Freemason). His resignation from the Italian government took effect on 18 November. Deputy Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini succeeded him as Foreign Minister. Frattini has outlined his key priorities as: fundamental Rights and citizenship; the fight against terrorism and organised crime; immigration and asylum, visa and border issues; closer co-operation between police, judicial and customs authorities; ensuring all EU citizens have the same access to justice; and the Rights of the Child.

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