Sandro Gozi, the Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs, is a politician and Member of the Parliament of Italy. He earned a doctoral degree in public law from the University of Bologna and then studied in Paris (at the Sorbonne and Sciences Po) where he has also worked as a professor. Between 1995 – 1996, Gozi worked in Italy’s diplomatic service. He subsequently was an official of the European Commission (1996-2005). From 2000 to 2005 he worked in the private office of Romano Prodi, the President of the Commission at the time, and in the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) at the start of the first José Manuel Barroso administration. In 2013, he was elected President of the Italian Parliamentary Delegation to the Council of Europe, and Deputy President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In January 2014 he was elected Vice-President of the Socialist Group in the Assembly of the Council of Europe. Also in 2014, he joined the Renzi government as Secretary to the Prime Minister with responsibility for European Affairs.