Tanja Fajon

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Tanja Fajon
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Personal details
Born (1971-05-09) 9 May 1971 (age 43)
Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
(now Slovenia)
Political party Social Democrats
Spouse(s) Veit-Ulrich Braun
Alma mater University of Ljubljana
University of Paris-Sud
Website Official website

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.[1][2] 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.[3]


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.[1][4]

Tanja Fajon speaks Slovenian, English, German, French, and Croatian.[2]


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.[2] She was also a reporter for CNN from 1995 to 2001.[4] She covered issues from politics, to economy and business, in different States of the European Union, particularly in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France.[3]

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.[1][2][3]

Tanja Fajon contributed greatly to the Albanian citizens getting the right to freely travel in EU Schengen Area without visas.[5] 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.[6] She helped Bosnia and Herzegovina,[7] and Moldova gain freedom of Schengen movement as well.[8][3]

Personal life[edit]

Tanja Fajon lives mostly in Brussels with her husband, a German journalist Veit-Ulrich Braun.[3] Her hobbies are sports, music, and traveling.[2]

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