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Franco Frattini (born 14 March 1957 in Romemarker) is an Italianmarker politician, currently serving as Italy's Foreign Minister in the new Berlusconi Cabinet. Before 8 May 2008 he served as European Commissionermarker for Justice, Freedom and Security and one of five vice-presidents of the 27-member Barroso Commission.

Career

Initially a member of the Italian Socialist Party, Frattini was a member of Silvio Berlusconi's government since 2001, and Foreign Minister of Italy since 14 November 2002; he is also a member of Berlusconi's Forza Italia.

On 4 November 2004, he was nominated to take up the Justice portfolio in the Commission, in place of the controversial Rocco Buttiglione (who outed him 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 is outspoken in his opposition to violence and sexual content in videogames. In 2007 he called for a ban on the horror title Rule of Rose, and criticised the EU-endorsed PEGI system for granting the game a 16-years-or-over age rating. Reports on Gamespot showed he was seeking a Europe-wide ban on violent videogames. On 6 February 2007 – Safer Internet Day 2007 – Frattini recalled the need to protect children's rights, saying: "I am deeply concerned at this potential harm by the internet to children. This could involve people preying on them or children accessing racist, cruel or violent material."

Interviewed by Reuters he declared his intention to promote online communications monitoring and censorship of "dangerous words" like "bomb, kill, genocide or terrorism" and was expected make a proposal to member states in November 2007.

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