Virginia Raggi

Mayor of Rome
Virginia Raggi

Virginia Raggi was born in Rome and grew up in the San Giovanni Appio Latino neighbourhood, where aqueducts and ruins of Roman walls are still visible. She studied law, focussing on civil and judicial law and out-of-court settlements, with a particular focus on intellectual property.

She has published several articles and case notes in academic journals, and in 2007, she was appointed Honorary Fellow at the University of Rome. She joined the 5 Star Movement in 2011. In 2013, she was elected as City Councillor. For her entire term, she was part of the Commission for Culture, Employment and Youth Policies, as well as the Commission for Social Policies and Health.

For Virginia, “politics” is about developing a better idea of society, of civilization, and, as a consequence, a better administration. It is not a generic and vague idea about what is ‘good’ for voters, and even less about occupying a seat of power. Politics is not a job, nor a mission: it is the desire to bring back legality, normality and sustainable progress.

Q. What forces are driving the transformation of the transportation sector in Roma Capitale?

Our common objective is sustainable and inclusive development, it is our strength toward change, especially in the transportation sector. We are designing the town of the future, favoring interconnected mobility with low-environmental impact works. Once again, Rome is the protagonist in the debate on climate change thanks to the commitment underwritten in Mexico City where we announced a stop to the use of diesel engine cars in the city centre from 2024.

Our task is to facilitate transfers and discourage the use of private cars so that everybody may benefit from useful and efficient links. To do, this we are drafting the first Urban Plan on Sustainable Mobility together with citizens, getting them truly involved in this change. This is a medium and long term structured programme based on the construction of new tram lines, underground, cableways, bike lanes, and green islands.

This is a chance to reorganise space with new dedicated areas. This means less space for cars, limiting traffic and focusing on the ambitious zero emission objective. Rome must be competitive and is ready to take up the challenge.

Q. What are the city’s priorities to make mobility more sustainable?

Innovation, technology, sustainability and relaunching of all local public transport. Establishing a sustainable city model means giving access to safe and convenient transportation systems for everybody and improving road safety. Rome is focused on the future and has set a list of priorities. Policies targeted to enriching railway infrastructure, targeted initiatives aimed at encouraging pedestrian and bike mobility, as well as the use of electric cars.

As far as the issue of mobility is concerned, we must focus very strongly on the use of electric vehicles, looking with great interest at the development of innovation in this sector. The aim is to place the citizens and their needs right at the centre of the project. This is the reason why we have promoted and still support measures and initiatives to protect the right to health and the green-sustainable economy. As to electric vehicles, our minimum objective is to have at least 700 new power columns built by 2020. This is the process we are following for a human scale city.