Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship
For 14 years, from 1994 to 2008, Antonio Tajani was a Member of the European Parliament. In 1999 he was chosen as the leader of the Forza Italia party in the European Parliament and elected to the Presidency of the European People's Party-European Democrats in 1999.
During his 15 years of parliamentary activity he took part in many committees (Foreign Affairs, Constitutional Affairs, at the time chaired by the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano, Transport and Tourism, Fisheries, Security and Defence).
As a journalist, Mr Tajani has worked as a parliamentary reporter, head of the RAI 1 radio news and chief editor of the Rome edition of 'Il Giornale', among others. He has a law degree from La Sapienza University in Rome.
He was appointed to the Commission in 2008, starting with the transport portfolio and then taking charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship in February 2010 as Vice President.
Antonio Tajani was born on 4th August 1953 in Rome. He is married and has two children.