Italian conservative MEP Antonio Tajani has replaced Martin Schultz as president of the European Parliament. Schultz stepped down after five years in the top job to return to domestic politics in Germany.
But who is Antonio Tajani?
Before his election, Tajani served as a vice-president of the European Commission. He was an MEP between 1994-2004 and since 2014. He has been responsible for transport (2008-2010) and for industry and entrepreneurship (2010-2014).
Tajani is a former officer in the Italian Air Force and current vice-chairman of the parliament’s largest political power, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP).
“I was elected here. I had a large majority as First Vice-President of Parliament, ad the most votes, and I have always been in the same party unlike others, so there is no problem with my political party,” Tajani said in an interview with euronews last month.