The Councilor for Culture and Tourism of the Puglia Region, Massimo Bray, resigned. He is the second councilor of the junta led by Michele Emiliano to resign. A few days ago it was Pierluigi Lopalco who left the delegation to Health. Bray’s decision, explains the Region, “comes after a process of sharing” with Emiliano who “will keep the delegation to Culture for himself in this phase”. Bray explains, among other things, that due to “the personal difficulties” he has been facing “for some months” and “the indications received from the doctors”, he does not believe he is “in a position to fulfill the functions assigned to me”.
«I believe it is correct to bring out that sense of profound respect for the institutions and the awareness of how much energy it takes to carry out such a delicate task as the one that was generously entrusted to me by President Emiliano. I have thus come to the conviction of not being, at this stage of life, in the conditions to fulfill the functions that have been assigned to me as Head of Culture and Tourism of the Puglia Region, ”said Bray.
«I would like to publicly express the sense of gratitude towards Massimo Bray – declares Emiliano – I thank him for having always carried out his activity as councilor without ever saving energy and dedication. I thank him because, in leaving the delegation, he is transmitting to all of us the desire to continue to be close to us. And we need to continue to confront him, for the good of Puglia. His professional and human qualities have enabled us to achieve important goals, despite the difficult times of the pandemic. The feelings he expresses in his letter are the same as I am feeling at this moment. “
Born in Lecce in 1959, Massimo Bray was also Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities during the Letta government from 2013 to 2014. In 2013 he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies from the ranks of the Democratic Party, then in March 2015 he resigned from to be able to devote himself full time to working in Treccani with the role of director. He was director of the Italianieuropei magazine and was president of the Notte della Taranta foundation.
After the victory in the 2020 regional elections and reconfirmation at the helm of the Puglia Region, Governor Michele Emiliano called him to be part of the government team as an “external” technician and entrusted him with the responsibility for Tourism and Culture on November 19. , a sort of passing of the baton with the current president of the Apulian regional council, Loredana Capone.