Silvia Costa is a member of the European Parliament for the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. Costa gained degree in modern literature from the University of Rome before becoming a professional journalist. From 1978-1985 she was the Editor of Il Popolo. She was initially elected to the European Parliament in 2009 and was re-elected in 2014. Amongst her activities in Parliament, she has been Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with Iraq and Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, of which she remains a member. She has also been a member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.