9 May 1971 |
|Political party||Social Democrats|
|Alma mater||University of Ljubljana
University of Paris-Sud
Tanja Fajon (English: Tanya Fayon; born May 9, 1971) is a Slovenian politician and a journalist, currently serving as Member of the European Parliament. She is currently a head of the Slovenian delegation within the political group of Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, and a vice-president of the Social Democrats. She is also the author of several documentaries, including Rise of the extreme right in Europe, Human tragedies at the doorstep of Europe, and Constitution of European Union.
Tanja Fajon graduated in journalism at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. In 2005, she obtained a master's degree in Science and International Politics at the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Paris.
Tanja Fajon worked as a journalist and assistant editor at Radio Glas Ljubljana from 1991 to 1995. She was also a reporter and a writer for the Slovenian daily newspaper Republika in 1993. She worked for RTV Slovenia from 1995 to 2001 as a local journalist, and as a correspondent for RTV Slovenia in Brussels from 2001 to 2009. She was also a reporter for CNN from 1995 to 2001. She covered issues from politics, to economy and business, in different States of the European Union, particularly in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France.
In 2009, Tanja Fajon was elected to the European Parliament on behalf of the Social Democrats, associated with the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. She was a vice chair-woman of the European Parliament delegation with Croatia until Croatia's membership in the European Union, and a member of the Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering. She is a full member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, a substitute member in the Committee on Transport and Tourism, and a substitute member of the European Union-United States delegation. She is also a vice chair-woman of the European Parliament Intergroup on Media, responsible for monitoring freedom of the press in Europe, and a vice-chair of the delegation for the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee, and substitute member of the Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo, and was a rapporteur on the visa liberalisation process for the Western Balkans.
Tanja Fajon contributed greatly to the Albanian citizens getting the right to freely travel in EU Schengen Area without visas. This is the first step on Albania's path to European Union accession. In December 2010, a cafe named after Tanja Fajon was opened in her honor in Tirana, the capital of Albania. She helped Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Moldova gain freedom of Schengen movement as well.
Honors and awards
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Tanja Fajon was named Person of the Year 2009 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, for her endeavors to abolish visa requirements for the Western Balkan citizens.
- Albania: On October 22, 2010, Tanja Fajon received a copy of the key of the city of Tirana, on the occasion of state visit to Albania.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: On December 2010, Tanja Fajon was the first to receive an honorary doctorate from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: On May 2014, Tanja Fajon received a Key of Heart from citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.
- "Tanja Fajon - PES". Party of European Socialists.
- "Tanja Fajon - EU40". Network of MEPs under 40.
- "Tanja FAJON, Curriculum Vitae". Bled Forum. 2014.
- "The Seven Slovenian MEPs". Slovenian Government Communication Office. 2009.
- "Pahor Says Visa Liberation Is Dream Come True for Albania". Slovenian Press Agency. 2010.
- "Albanian Cafe Named After Slovenian MEP". Slovenian Press Agency. 2010.
- "MEP Tanja Fajon named Person of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina". Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2009.
- "S&D Euro MP Tanja Fajon gives green light to visa-free movement between Moldova and EU Schengen countries". Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. 2014.
- "Tanja Fajon received the Honorary Doctorate". American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2010.
- "Tanja Fajon, first honorary doctorate" (in Bosnian). Nezavisne novine. 2010.
- "NES award 'European Radio BIH'" (in Bosnian). Nezavisne novine. 2014.
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