Italian Renewal
Rinnovamento Italiano
LeaderLamberto Dini
Founded27 February 1996
Dissolved17 March 2002
Merged intoDemocracy is Freedom –
The Daisy
HeadquartersVia di Ripetta, 142 - 00186 Rome
Political positionCentre
National affiliationThe Olive Tree
Centre-left coalition
European affiliationEuropean People's Party[1][2]
European Parliament groupEPP-ED[3]

Italian Renewal (Italian: Rinnovamento Italiano, RI) was a centrist[4] and liberal[5][6] political party in Italy.

The party was a member of The Olive Tree[4] and centre-left coalition,[7] while also affiliated to the European People's Party from 1998 to 2004.[8]


Originally the Dini List – Italian Renewal (Lista Dini – Rinnovamento Italiano),[9] the party was founded in 1996 by Lamberto Dini,[10] the outgoing Prime Minister, along with former Christian Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, Republicans and Social Democrats. The party joined The Olive Tree centre-left coalition led by Romano Prodi. In the 1996 general election RI gave hospitality in its electoral lists to the Italian Socialists (SI), the Segni Pact (PS) and the Democratic Italian Movement (MID).[11] The Dini List won 4.3% of the vote, winning 26 seats at the Chamber:

The list also won 11 seats at the Senate:

After the election Dini became Minister of Foreign Affairs and Treu minister of Labour in the Prodi I Cabinet.[5]

In 1998 the party was admitted into the European People's Party and at the 1999 obtained 1.1% of the vote and one MEP, Pino Pisicchio.

In October 2001 the party joined the Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy (DL), an electoral alliance of centrist parties which merged to become a unified party in March 2002. RI members in DL formed a faction within the party, named simply Renewal, consisting of around 10% of the party members. In 2007 several members of this association including Dini broke away from to form the Liberal Democrats upon DL's merger with the Democrats of the Left to form the Democratic Party.

Electoral results

Italian Parliament

Chamber of Deputies
Election year Votes % Seats +/− Leader
1996 1,627,380 (8th) 4.3
36 / 630
Lamberto Dini
Senate of the Republic
Election year Votes % Seats +/− Leader
1996 with Ulivo
11 / 315
Lamberto Dini

European Parliament

European Parliament
Election year Votes % Seats +/− Leader
1999 353,890 (16th) 1.1
1 / 87
Lamberto Dini



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