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Tajani Antonio

First Vice-President of the European Parliament

Born in Rome on 4 August 1953

Married, 2 children
Lived in Paris, Bologna and Rome

Education and languages
- Classical studies at the ‘Torquato Tasso’ secondary school, Rome
- Degree in Law from ‘La Sapienza’ University, Rome
- Foreign languages: French, English and Spanish

Professional Activities
- Officer of the Italian Air Force
He completed officer training at the Florence AirWarfare School (Scuola di Guerra Aerea) and attended a specialisation course for Air Defence Controller at the Training Technical Centre at Borgo Piave. Assigned to the Operational Base of the 33rd Air Force Radar Centre, he worked as Air Defence Controller and was Head of the Operations Room monitoring Italian and European civil and military air traffic
- Professional journalist and parliamentary journalist Editor of the Italian weekly ‘Il Settimanale’
- Presenter for the RAI 1 radio news programme
- Head of the Rome editorial office of the Italian daily ‘Il Giornale’ Special correspondent in Lebanon, the Soviet Union and Somalia

Political Positions
- European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship from February 2010
- European Commission’s Vice-President and Commissioner in charge of Transport from May 2008 to February 2010
- Vice-Chair of the European People’s Party, elected at the EPP Congress in Estoril in 2002, re-elected at the EPP Congress in Rome in 2006 and re-elected again at the EPP Congress in Bonn in 2009 and in Bucharest in 2012
- Member of the Bureau of the Group of the European People’s Party. He has taken part in all EPP summits in preparation of the European Councils
- Member of the Convention on the Future of Europe, which drew up the text of the European Constitution
- Elected as member of the European Parliament in 1994, 1999 and 2004 with over 120 000 preference votes

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).

(September 2016)

Assisi 2016 - Thirst for Peace


Tirana 2015 - Peace is Always Possible


Antwerp 2014 Peace is the future


World meeting for peace The Courage to Hope


Sarajevo 2012


September 11: Religions in Dialogue for Peace


Barcelona 2010




September 13 2016

30 years of dialogue in a 30 seconds videoclip. Watch! #peaceispossible #Assisi2016

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September 8 2016

Mercy, the Heart of Peace: Prayer and dialogue for peace in the Spirit of Assisi

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September 30 2015

VIDEO: Refugee crisis, one of the main topics at Sant'Egidio's international meeting "Peace is Alway Possible"

September 22 2015

In the Great Lakes region, wounded by so much violence, Sant'Egidio speaks of peace in the Spirit of Assisi #peaceispossible

A meeting between the religions in Bukavu in communion with Tirana
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September 21 2015

Peace is possible also in Nakuru, Kenya

More than 2000 youth gathered for a Prayer in the Spirit of Assisi run by the Community of Sant'Egidio
September 15 2015

The religious leaders of Benin united against violence affirm their commitment to peace in communion with Tirana

They claim that "Peace is always possible"
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October 24 2016 | ROME, ITALY

HUMANITARIAN CORRIDORS, our answer to the war in Syria

the words by Andrea Riccardi at the press conference in the airport, welcoming the refugees that arrived this morning. WATCH PHOTO AND VIDEO
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October 20 2016

One month after Assisi 2016, many meetings to answer to the "Thirst for Peace" of the world

Among the latest: Kenya, Uganda etc...
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October 19 2016

Out of war, beyond the sea: the way of hope. WATCH!

In the next few days other refugees from Syria will arrive to Italy through the humanitarian corridors. Here is a video with voices and stories of those who have fled from war and arrived to Italy with this project.
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September 30 2016
Vida Nueva
Marco Impagliazzo: “Los líderes musulmanes deben denunciar con más valentía el terrorismo”
September 21 2016
La Vanguardia
El papa Francisco pide que ante la guerra no haya "división entre las religiones"
September 19 2016
Vida Nueva
Líderes religiosos de todo el mundo conmemoran el 30º aniversario del ‘Espíritu de Asís’
September 19 2016
Francesc se suma al compromís de les religions per la pau a Assís
September 19 2016
Alto Adige
ad Assisi l'Onu delle Religioni per la Pace
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