Mr Di Stasi, who has been president of the Chamber of the Regions for the past three years, takes over from out-going president Herwig van Staa of Austria. He will hold the position for two years.
'The main issues in politics are not always handled as people want, because politics is too far removed from electors. Even so, the themes dealt with by the Council of Europe, and especially the congress, are very close to citizens' wishes. This is why we need closer links between local and central government,' said Mr Di Stasi.
The election took place during the plenary session of the congress yesterday.
Interviewwith Mr Di Stasi
Mr Di Stasi's speech
The UK is represented on the congress bureau by Alan LLoyd, a member of City and County of Swansea Council. Composition of the Bureau of the Congress. Mr Lloyd was re-elected to the post of UK delegation leader on Monday.