Johannes HAHN

Johannes Hahn

European Commissioner-designate for Budget and Administration
2014-present – European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
2010-2014 – European Commissioner for Regional Policy
2007-2010 – Minister for Science and Research
2003-2007 – Member of the Vienna regional government
1997-2003 – Board member, later CEO of Novomatic AG
1996-2003 – Member of the Vienna regional parliament
1992-1997 – Executive Director of the Austrian’s People Party
1989-1992 – Managerial functions in different areas of Austrian industry
1987-1989 – Secretary General of the Austrian Managers Association
1987 – Doctorate in philosophy from the University of Vienna


Johannes Hahn

Mariya Gabriel is Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society since July 2017. Under her
leadership, the digital single market of the European commission became reality. Among her
main priorities are digital skills, cybersecurity, fight against fake news, supercomputers, ethical
artificial intelligence, Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans. In her work she enforces the
principle of placing people at the heart of the digital policy. She has created the first pan
European programme “Digital Europe” with a budget of 9.2 billion euro.

In the next term of the European Commission 2019-2024 she is Commissioner-designate for
Innovation and Youth. She will guide all EU policies relating to the Horizon Europe
programme, innovations and research, the Erasmus + programme, education and culture. Her
vision for the new portfolio encompasses Europe as leader in the digitalisation and the fight
against climate changes.

For her productive work as Commissioner, Mariya Gabriel has been honoured with numerous
awards. Among them is the award “Women of Influence 2018” in the category “Talent in
Politics”, the most prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for highest achievements for
women, the Beaumarchais Medal for her contribution in the protection of the interests of
European artists.

Since 2012 Mariya Gabriel is Vice-President of EPP Women. As Commissioner she has been
working on the cause of women rights and their better representation in the digital economy
and society.

In May 2009 she has been elected as Member of the European Parliament from the list
GERB/EPP. She has been re-elected as Member of the European Parliament in 2014 and
became head of the Bulgarian delegation of GERB in the EPP Group. From 2014 to 2017 she
was Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. She was responsible for the
EU’s external policy in the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean.

Mariya Gabriel has been two times elected Member of the European Parliament of the year: in
2016 in the category “Development” and in 2013 in the category “Gender equality”.


Johannes Hahn

Esther de Lange, born on 19 February 1975 in Spaubeek (NL), has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2007.

After her studies, Esther de Lange worked at the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless and the Verband der Fruchtsaftindustrie and Bundesverband der Spirituosenindustrie. Between 1999 and 2007, she worked as a policy advisor for the Dutch EPP delegation.

Currently, De Lange is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI) and of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON). She is also member of the delegations for EU relations with China and Central Asia.

Previously, she was Vice-Chair of the special committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance (TAX3) and a member of the Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy (ITRE); the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI); the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM); the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee on Budgetary Control (BUDG).

In 2014, De Lange was elected one of the vice-chairs of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, responsible for the relations with national legislatures. In her current role as vice-chair of the EPP group, she is in charge of the working group Economy & Environment. In 2018, she became vice-chair of the European People’s Party.

Esther de Lange is the mother of an 8-year-old son.

She is fluent in English, French and German.

Click here to read Esther de Lange’s letter to her son

Antonio TAJANI

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Born in Rome on 4 August 1953, Antonio Tajani is the son of an Italian army officer and a Latin and Greek professor. He lived in France for five years, where he and his family accompanied his father to NATO command. He holds a degree in law from La Sapienza University in Rome.

Mr Tajani completed his military service as an officer in the Italian Air Force. After attending a specialised air defence course at Borgo Piave di Latina, he joined the NATO Air Defence Ground Environment (NADGE).

Mr Tajani was a professional journalist for more than twenty years. He started out as a presenter of news programmes on Rai Radio 1, the Italian state broadcaster, and was a special correspondent in Lebanon, the Soviet Union and Somalia.  He was then asked by, Indro Montanelli, the most recognised and revered Italian journalist of the twentieth century, to work for the newspaper, Il Giornale.

A co-founder of Forza Italia, in 1994, he was elected to the European Parliament for the first time, the genesis of what have turned into more than two decades of profound engagement with the European Union and its citizens.

He was appointed European Commissioner for Transport in 2008 and strongly backed the extension of passenger rights during his tenure. In 2010, he became European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, where he championed ambitious reindustrialisation goals, “green growth” and a particular emphasis on helping SMEs, notably through the Late Payments Directive and the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action plan.

In November 2014, Mr Tajani refused the transitional allowance to which he was entitled as a former Vice President of the Commission. An amount of approximately 13 thousand euro per month for three years, 468 thousand euro in total, which Mr Tajani did not accept viewing it as a “moral choice”.

In April 2015, the city of Gijon dedicated a street to Antonio Tajani in recognition of the work done during his term as Vice President of the European Commission. Mr Tajani was able to obtain the re-opening of the industrial plant in April 2014 that guaranteed the continued employment of 210 employees.

He was re-elected to the European Parliament and as one of its vice-presidents in 2014.

Campaigning on a platform that promised to have the presidency focus on actively supporting the work of Members while bringing the institution closer to EU citizens, Mr Tajani was elected President of the European Parliament on 17 January 2017.

He was re-elected to the European Parliament and as Chair of both the Conference of Committee Chairs and the Committee on Constitutional Affairs in 2019.

Mr Tajani has always been driven by an unwavering belief that the European Union must derive its strength from the results it delivers to its citizens. Nevertheless, he also understands that the EU is going through a sensitive chapter in its history. As a matter of fact, it is only by working twice as hard to respond to the concerns of citizens that the European Parliament will win back the general public’s trust. He looks forward to the challenge, working for all Europeans over the next two and a half years.

Mr Tajani is married with two children. Besides Italian, he speaks French, Spanish and English.

Honors and Awards:

In 2007, Mr Tajani received the Grand Cross of the Order of Faithful Service from Romania.

In 2012, he was awarded France’s highest order for military and civil merit: Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honour, from Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius.

In 2013, he received the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit from the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy.

In 2015, he received the Grand Cross of the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins from the Government of Chile.

In 2017, he received the Princesa de Asturias de la Concordia Award from Spain.

In 2018, he received the Carlos V European Award from the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation.


Johannes Hahn

I was born in 1961 in the Slovak town of Považská Bystrica. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, as one of the first citizens of the former Czechoslovakia, I took the opportunity to study modern management practices and successfully graduated MBA studies. I later completed my education at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and the University of Economics in Bratislava. In the early 1990s, I worked for successful global brands that just established themselves in Central and Eastern Europe as Ernst & Young CS Consulting and Coca-Cola. At Coca-Cola, I worked as CEO for Slovakia and later as Director for European Integration for Central European countries.

In 2006, I was elected to the National Council of the Slovak Republic, where I worked until 2014. As Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, I supported the full integration of Slovakia into European structures. In 2014, I was elected to the European Parliament where, to this day, I am an active member of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). In 2019, I was re-elected as a Member of the European Parliament. I am a member of KDH (Christian Democratic Movement) and member of the Board of KDH.

As Vice-President of the EPP, I would like to contribute with my knowledge that I have gained during my professional and political career, but also with the experience and perspective of a citizen of a smaller Central European country. I would like to focus on a better cooperation between national and European public administration and bring closer the objectives and EPP policies to European citizens. During my MEP mandate, I have been meeting citizens regularly and hold discussions with young people in schools. My private and political actions are motivated and inspired by my Roman Catholic faith and Christian values. As Vice-President of the EPP, I would continue promoting and supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, also as President SME Europe, the development and consolidation of the European Single market and the digital economy.

I am happily married for 36 years, I have two adult children and one granddaughter. In addition to my work, I do sports, especially running and cycling, and I have been involved in several cross-country competitions, including the New York Marathon.


Johannes Hahn

EPP Vice Chairman since 2015 responsible for the Membership Working Group III mandated to promote, facilitate and incorporate new EPP members, associate members, and observers throughout the continent leading missions to countries like Moldova, Byelorussia, Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Ukraine, Morocco and Montenegro

Since 2016, EPP chair of the Ethics Committee that wrote the Code of Conduct and the Internal regulations approved in the 14th October 2019 Political Assembly

Member of the European Parliament since 2009 and Vice Chairman of the EPP Group responsible for the Future of Europe since 2019. From 2014-2019, chairman of the European Ideas Network, a centre-right pan-European think-tank with an active membership of around 3000 policy-makers and opinion-shapers across the European Union. From 2009-2014 responsible for the relations with National Parliaments.

Head of the PSD Portuguese delegation in the European Parliament and Administrator of the Robert Schuman Foundation since 2009.

Chairman of the PSD parliamentary group in 2008-2009, and member of the Portuguese Parliament during the 10th legislature.

Secretary of State, Deputy of the Minister of Justice under the 16th government (2004-2005).

Guest Lecturer in the Law Faculty of the Portuguese Catholic University – Porto School (Political Science; Theory of Constitution). Guest Lecturer of the MBA (Power and Influence) and of International Economy Post-Graduation (Geopolitics) in the Porto Business School – University of Oporto. Graduate of the Faculty of Law, Portuguese Catholic University of Porto

Between 1994-2005, lawyer and partner of law firm “Castro, Pinho, Peres e Xavier” in Oporto Office; between 2006-2016, lawyer and partner of law firm “Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira” in Oporto Office.

Member of the board of directors of the Porto Trade Association, chairman of the General Assembly of RAR Group and regular commentator in various branches of the media (tv, radio and papers).

Publications: many speeches and lectures, scholarly articles and books on legal, political and constitutional issues, including Repensar o Poder Judical, Publicações Universidade Católica, 2001, O Estado do Estado, D. Quixote, 2009.

Research work: with the DAAD in Frankfurt, with the European Institute in Florence, the University of Osnabrück, the University of Lausanne, the University of Bologna, the University of Genoa and the University of Freiburg.

Awarded the Grosse Verdienstkreuz mit Stern by the Federal Republic of German (2009); the Council of Europe’s René Cassin Prize (1989); the D. António Ferreira Gomes Prize (1986).


Johannes Hahn

Age: 56
General Insurance Agent
MEP from 01/07/2011 to 01/07/2019
Head of the French Delegation of the EPP Group
From 2011 to 2014 :

  • Member of the ITRE Committee
    • Rapporteur CARS 2020. European industrial policy.
    • Member of the TRAN Committee
    Worked on the Aviation Package (Unfair competition)
    Defense of the Regional Airports
    Worked on the bilateral Air Transport agreements and Air Safety
    • Member of the Sky and Space Intergroup
    Worked on the International Competition of space launches (launchers and satellite products)
    • Member of the INTA Committee
    Rapporteur on drug precursors
    Rapporteur on the European Standardisation

From 2014 to 2019:

  • Member of the INTA Committee
    • Co-Rapporteur on the NOMAD text
    • Rapporteur on the Screening of Foreign Investments
    Worked on the Extra Territorial European laws
    Worked on the CETA
    Worked on the EU/Vietnam agreement
    Worked on the EU/Singapore agreement
    • Member of the TRAN Committee
    Worked on an European civil protection force
    Aviation strategy for Europe
    • Member of the Sky and Space Intergroup
    Worked on the European Space Strategy


• Report on « Surtransposition du droit Européen par le droit national»: Overlay of European law by national law
• Author of:« L’Europe : l’apprendre ou la laisser »


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Johannes Hahn
  • Born in Köyliö, Satakunta on 3 November 1969.
  • Lives in Turku, Southwest Finland with his wife and two children.
  • Has Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Turku.
  • His military rank is Captain (army).
  • Is an avid fisherman.

Ministerial and Parliamentary Experience
Member of Parliament, representing Southwest Finland 3/2007 to present
Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance, Finland 6/2016 – 6/2019
Co-Chair of EPP Ecofin Ministerial Meetings 4/2018 – 5/2019
Minister of the Interior, Ministry of the Interior, Finland 5/2015 – 6/2016
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Finland 6/2014 – 5/2015

Relevant duties in the Parliament of Finland
Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee 6/2019 to present
Member of the Parliamentary Supervisory Council, the Bank of Finland 6/2019 to present
Chair of Kokoomus Parliamentary Group 11/2012 – 6/2016
2nd Vice Chair of Kokoomus Parliamentary Group 6/2011 – 11/2012
Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee 5/2011 – 3/2014
3rd Vice Chair of Kokoomus Parliamentary Group 4/2007 – 4/2011
Member of the Commerce Committee 4/2007 – 4/2011


Johannes Hahn

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Johannes Hahn

Vice-Chair of the EPP Group in the European Parliament

Member of the Committee on Budgets

Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee

Political Affiliation in the European Parliament: Group of the European People’s Party

Political affiliation in Romania: National Liberal Party / Partidul Național Liberal


Siegfried Mureșan was born on 20 September 1981 in Hunedoara, Romania.

In 2004, Siegfried Mureșan graduated the Bachelor’s Programme in German from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. He continued his studies with a Master’s degree in Economics and Management at the Humboldt University in Berlin, which he completed in 2006.

In 2006, he was part of the International Scholarship Programme of the German Parliament. Subsequently, from September 2006, he worked for three years as an Adviser to the Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs of the German Parliament, Gunther Krichbaum, and afterwards he worked from September 2009 to February 2011 in the European Parliament.

In 2011, he joined the Headquarters of the European People’s Party (EPP) as Political Adviser for Economic and Social Policy. In January 2014, he was promoted to Senior Political Adviser. In January 2015, he was appointed as Political Spokesman of the EPP.

In May 2014, he was elected Member of the European Parliament for a five-year mandate, where he became Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgets. He was the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the general budget of the European Union for 2018.

In May 2019 he was re-elected in the European Parliament where he chose to continue as a member of the Committee on Budgets. In June 2019 he was elected as Vice-Chair of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, where he coordinates the position of the EPP Group on issues related to the EU budget, regional policy, agricultural policy and fisheries policy.

In September 2019, he was elected Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee.

He is fluent in German, English and French.