Antonio Tajani (Italian Antonio Tajani) - Italian and European politician, European Commissioner for Transport in 2008-2010 and from February 9, 2010 to October 31, 2014 for industry and entrepreneurship. He was also one of the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission. President of the European Parliament from January 17, 2017 to July 3, 2019.
Place of Birth. Education. Antonio Tajani was born on August 4, 1953 in Rome. Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University "La Sapienza" in Rome. He was deputy chairman of the Monarchist Youth Front - the youth organization of the Italian Monarchist Union (Unione monarchica italiana), served as an air defense officer (on the radar in San Giovanni Teatino).
1982 - professional journalist, editor of the department of parliamentary affairs of the weekly Il Settimanale. In 1982, he became an announcer for the Radio 1 news program of the RAI television and radio company. In 1983 - head of the Rome editorial office of the newspaper Il Giornale, owned by the Silvio Berlusconi family. He was a special correspondent in several countries, including Lebanon, the Soviet Union and Somalia. Antonio Tajani speaks English, French and Spanish.
Together with Cesare Previti, Giuliano Urbani, Antonio Martino and Marcello Dell'Utri, on June 29, 1993, he participated in a meeting of lawyers and other persons related to the interests of Silvio Berlusconi Fininvest, which marked the beginning of the Forward Italy! Association for Good Government (Forza Italia! Associazione per il buon governo), which grew into the Forward Party, Italy.
In 1994 he was elected to the European Parliament; was the chairman of the faction of the party Forward, Italy in the EP, as well as a member of numerous commissions and delegations.
2001 - Member of the Rome City Council.
Since 2002 - Deputy Chairman of the European People's Party.
In May 2008, he replaced Franco Frattini as Italy's representative to the European Commission in connection with his transition to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy. 507 MEPs voted for his appointment as Commissioner for Transport, while 53 voted against.
On February 9, 2010, in the updated composition of the European Commission, he received the portfolio of Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, and also remained in the position of Vice-Chairman of the Commission.
He returned to deputy work in the European Parliament in 2014, when he took the post of vice president. Also, since 2014, he has been a member of the executive committee of the revived Forward Party, Italy. He was nominated by the faction of the European People's Party for the post of President of the European Parliament and on January 17, 2017 was elected in the fourth round of voting. The term of office ended on July 3, 2019.
Family. Antonio Tajani is married and has two children.