European Commission Vice-president Antonio Tajani has been working on the frontline of European politics for the past two decades. He was appointed to the Commission in 2008, starting with the transport portfolio and then taking charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship in February this year.
For 14 years, from 1994 to 2008, he 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.
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.
Helping European SMEs to access financing and funding, and in particular to restart as green businesses, is a major priority for the Vice-president. "I want to help entrepreneurs tackle funding problems and red tape," he says. "Enterprise Europe Network is on the ground to offer practical solutions to the problems businesses are facing every day."