The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, has appointed Elisabetta Belloni as the head of the Department of Information Security. For the first time, a woman will lead an Italian Department of Information Security. Her task is to oversee the activities of the intelligence services BBC reports.
The 63-year-old Belloni's appointment was welcomed by Italian politicians, including the leader of the Lega party, Matteo Salvini.
Elisabetta Belloni has worked in diplomatic missions. She was the first woman to head a crisis unit of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004-2008 and was the first woman to hold the post of Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.