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The new "Late Payments Directive 2011/7/EU[23] that has the goal of countering payment delays in commercial transactions, was adopted in 2011.[24] Following the adoption, Tajani urged a prompt implementation in all Member States,[25] even before the official deadline set for 16 March 2016.[26] In order to further accelerate the process, he launched an information campaign across the 27 Member States that takes place between October 2012 and December 2014.[27] In March 2013 Tajani, along with Commissioner Olli Rehn said that the European Commission is ready to acknowledge "mitigating factors" on the assessment of compliance with the deficit and debt criteria, in the context of a plan for the disposal of old debts of the public administration to enterprises.[28]

Simplified Cars Registration[edit]

During 2012 Tajani led the drafting of a proposal to simplify the procedure to register cars in another Member State within the European Union.[29] Concretely, the proposal, which should come into force in 2014, aims at reducing to a minimum the administrative procedures necessary to register cars, vans, trucks and buses in another Member State.[30] Furthermore, it will be impossible to register in another country a stolen vehicle, thanks to the enhanced cooperation of the competent authorities at the European level.

The EU fight against counterfeiting[edit]

In order to support the European fight against counterfeiting of industrial goods, in December 2012, Vice President Tajani launched an awareness campaign[31] for the citizens. Moreover, in February 2013 the "European Commission further reinforced market surveillance through a plan to reinforce the controls of the products in the internal market.[32] In particular, the "Made in" is part of the discussion on counterfeiting, especially for the textile sector in Italy.[33] The package presented by Tajani and "Tonio Borg, "European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy introduces among other things the denomination 'Made In' for products manufactured in and outside the EU, so as to better supervise what enters into the European market.[34]

Communication CARS 2020[edit]

With the goal of promoting competitiveness [35] and sustainable development of the European automobile industry,[36] Tajani presented in November 2012 [37] the Action Plan CARS2020.[38] The Plan focuses on a transition towards more energy efficiency and alternative energy sources, as well as technologies and advanced materials for the production.[39]

Tajani at the EPP congress in 2012

EU Entrepreneurship Action Plan[edit]

Among the actions that Tajani undertook to foster growth and regain higher levels of employment, it is worth mentioning an Action Plan[40] aimed at supporting entrepreneurs,[41] through specific measures to facilitate business transfers, increase access to finance, and give a second chance following a bankruptcy.[42]

The 50,000 Tourists Initiative[edit]

Another of Tajani's initiatives was a project called "50,000 Tourists",[43] launched on 1 June 2011, which focussed on promoting low-season tourism between Europe and South America, encouraging cooperation between European governments, the tourism industry, and airline companies.[44]

The Travelers Decalogue and the Visa Initiative[edit]

The initiatives connected to tourism include a Travelers Decalogue in August 2012,[45] a series of rules to travel in full safety. Additionally, in November 2012 Tajani presented, in collaboration with the European Commissioner for Internal Affairs "Cecilia Malmström, a Communication to examine how the implementation and development of a common policy in terms of visas could support the EU growth by providing more chances for foreign travelers to visit the Union.[46]

Chief of the EU-Brazil working group[edit]

In March 2013 the President of the "European Commission "José Manuel Barroso has appointed Tajani to lead the new EU-Brazil working group, which will also include the "European Commissioner for Trade "Karel De Gucht and "European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science "Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. The group will be in charge of evaluating the opportunities for industrial cooperation between the EU and Brazil, particularly in the most technological sectors.[47]

A Steel Action Plan for Europe[edit]

On 11 June 2013 Tajani presented the first Action Plan for the Steel Industry since 1977 to help this sector face today’s challenges and lay the foundations for future competitiveness by fostering innovation, creating growth and jobs.[48] The Commission proposed to support the demand for European steel both at home and abroad, by acting to ensure that European steel producers have access to third countries in a fair trade market.[49]


In a letter dated 12 February 2013, Environment commissioner "Janez Potocnik warned Tajani about “widespread concerns that [car] performance has been tailored tightly to compliance with the test cycle in disregard of the dramatic increase in emissions outside that narrow scope”.[50] Tajani declined to take action or report on Potocnik's concerns, until the "Volkswagen emissions scandal confirmed the commissioner's concerns in 2015. At the subsequent EMIS hearing on the subject, Tajani claimed that he was not informed of the issue at the time.[51]

In the eve of his election as "President of the European Parliament, LGBTI rights group, "ILGA-Europe, expressed its disappointment with Tajani's new political post and his political backing from the "European People's Party (EPP) and "Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). ILGA has stated that Tajani's concerns, expressed in 1996,[52] with the psychological well-being of same-sex couples and his stance, expressed in 2014, against non "heteronormative families are not in line with the stances of the ALDE and the EPP on non-discrimination based on "sexual orientation.[53]


2 April 2014 - Aragon Empresa Award received by His Royal Highness Felipe the Prince of Asturias for his efforts in favour of industry and entrepreneurship[54][55]

10 February 2014 - Innovadores Award received by El Mundo in recognition of his support for the industry, entrepreneurship and innovation [56]

17 April 2012 – Honors for the commitment for SMEs and EU integration, Spanish "Royal Institute of European Studies.[57]

28 March 2012 – Prize established by the Optical Society of America for his commitment to the promotion of Key Enabling Technologies. The Prize is awarded yearly to public leaders who have distinguished themselves for their activities in the field.[58]

19 March 2012 – Europe Prize 2011 by the Initiative Group of the Italians in Brussels (GII) for his strong commitment for the business community - in particular SMEs - and the promotion of the image of Italy in Europe.[59]

21 November 2011 – International Journalism Prize "Argil: European man" in the category: "Communicating Europe". Award sponsored by the journalists press office (GUS), by UGEF (Unione Giornalisti Europei per il Federalismo secondo Altiero Spinelli) and by 'ANGPI (Associazione Nazionale Giornalisti Pubblicisti Italiani), as well as' the Union of Roman Chroniclers and with the support and contribution of the Regional Council of Lazio, agencies and public institutions.[60]

Public image[edit]

Calle Tajani, in "Asturias, "Spain.

In April 2015, the city of Gijón, in the Principality of Asturias (Spain) dedicated a street to Antonio Tajani, in recognition of his work done during his mandate as Vice President of the European Commission, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship. The naming of the street was proposed by the workers of the American company Tenneco together with the federation of Asturian businesses, and approved unanimously by all political forces in the city Council of Gijón, for the mediation carried out by Tajani in September 2013 in the negotiations with Tenneco, which by decided to close the plant in Asturias and, if followed through, would have resulted in the dismissal of 210 employees. After a long and difficult negotiation with the leaders of the company and social partners, Tajani was able to obtain the reopening of the plant in April 2014, preserving the jobs of two-thirds of the workers.[61]


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Officer of the Legion of Honour (France)[62]

Appointed by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius.

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Order of Civil Merit (Spain)[63]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Il["permanent dead link], 10 dicembre 2009
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Barroso II: 13 EPP Commissioners receive key portfolios"["permanent dead link], European People's Party, 27 November 2009; accessed 28 November 2009
  4. ^ Round-up of Tajani and Barrot hearings
  5. ^ Ue ok al piano di salvataggio il Sole 24 Ore, 12 Novembre 2008
  6. ^ Alitalia, Bruxelles approva il piano di salvataggio Sciopero bianco, Fantozzi: "Chiederemo i danni" Il Giornale, 12 Novembre 2008
  7. ^ CE/261/2004 Archived 27 March 2013 at the "Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Congratulazioni del ministro degli esteri Frattini per la nomina
  9. ^ (English) Valutazione Archived 11 January 2012 at the "Wayback Machine. del Parlamento Europeo su Tajani come commissario all'industria, a seguito di audizione
  10. ^ "Europa" Archived 19 January 2012 at the "Wayback Machine., 21 novembre 2009
  11. ^ Pancevski, Bojan (18 April 2010). "Get packing: Brussels decrees holidays are a human right". The Sunday Times. 
  12. ^ Laidlaw, Katherine (19 April 2010). "Vacationing a human right, EU chief says". National Post. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "UK-born euromyths echoed by Wikipedia". EurActiv. 18 May 2010. Archived from the original on 18 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  14. ^ EU Observer – Six Commissioners Head for EU Election Campaign Trail
  15. ^ KUNA – Barroso announces caretaker replacements following resignation of 4 EU Commissioners
  16. ^ Fare più industria contro la crisi Il Sole 24 Ore, 17 Ottobre 2012
  17. ^ L'Europa si è accorta che senza industria non si vive Milano Finanza, 18 Dicembre 2012
  18. ^ Une politique industrielle plus forte pour sortir de la crise Le Monde, 18 Dicembre 2012
  19. ^ Uma polìtica industrial europeia mais forte para sair da crise Diario de Noticia, 19 Dicembre 2012
  20. ^ Europe needs an industrial revival Wall Street Journal, 18 Dicembre 2012
  21. ^ Tajani, piano europeo per la reindustrializzazione Il Sole 24 Ore, 10 Ottobre 2012
  22. ^ Niente dighe all'industria UE Il Sole 24 Ore, 20 Dicembre 2012
  23. ^ Direttiva 2011/7/UE
  24. ^ Basta ritardi nei pagamenti Il Sole 24 Ore, 10 Aprile 2012
  25. ^ Pagamenti, l'Ue contro i ritardi Il Messaggero, 5 Ottobre 2012
  26. ^ Crisi, Tajani, recepire integralmente e presto direttiva pagamenti["permanent dead link] Euractiv, 5 Ottobre 2012
  27. ^ Campagna europea contro i ritardi di pagamento
  28. ^ Statement by Vice Presidents Rehn and Tajani on commercial debt of public administrations 18 March 2013
  29. ^ Immatricolazione intracomunitaria da sveltire, la Commissione europea insiste Sicurauto, 6 Aprile 2012
  30. ^ Immatricolazioni, Commissione propone taglio burocrazia Euractiv, 4 Aprile 2012
  31. ^ UE, Tajani, Contraffazione toglie a Italia 110 mila posti di lavoro La Stampa, 20 Dicembre 2012
  32. ^ Contraffazione, dalla Commissione UE nuovo regolamento pe rafforzare i controlli in tutti gli Stati Membri L'Avvenire, 15 Gennaio 2013
  33. ^ Brussels woos fashion’s corporate titans Financial Times, 28 Febbraio 2013
  34. ^ Sicurezza prodotti, nuove norme Ue c'è l'obbligo di indicare l'origine Repubblica, 13 Febbraio 2013
  35. ^ Auto, piano europeo per il rilancio Il Sole 24 Ore, 5 Giugno 2012
  36. ^ Auto, Bruxelles vara il piano d'azione Europeo Il Messaggero, 9 Novembre 2012
  37. ^ Piano di rilancio dell'auto: la Ue punta sui fondi Bei Il Sole 24 Ore, 9 Novembre 2012
  38. ^ EU Kommissar Laedt zum Autogipfel Financial Times Deutschland, 9 Novembre 2012
  39. ^ Guarded welcome for EU drive to help struggling car industry Financial Times UK, 9 Novembre 2012
  40. ^ Tajani unveils plan to make entrepreneurship more attractive European Voice, 10 Gennaio 2013
  41. ^ Il piano Tajani: più imprenditori, anche con il crowdfunding Europarlamento24, 9 Gennaio 2013
  42. ^ Antonio Tajani on SMEs, strategy and new economy Euronews, 15 Gennaio 2013
  43. ^ 50.000 tourists initiative
  44. ^ The European Commission is promoting travel during the offseason in the EU and South America Eurochile, 25 June 2012
  45. ^ Turista avvisato, il decalogo della Commissione europea Eunews, 2 Agosto 2012
  46. ^ Commission banking on potential of Chinese and Russian tourism Europolitics, 7 Novembre 2012
  47. ^ Ue-Brasile: Tajani presidente gruppo lavoro bilaterale Ansa, 7 Marzo 2013
  48. ^ Taranto snodo del piano europeo. Tajani: «Produzione fondamentale» Corriere della Sera, 12 Giugno 2013
  49. ^ EU unveils action plan for Europe's ailing steel sector Reuters, 11 June 2013
  50. ^ "Leaked memo: EU commissioner ignored car emissions warnings". 
  51. ^ "Car emissions: former commissioners Potočnik and Tajani reply on "dieselgate"". 
  52. ^ "WRITTEN QUESTION No. 1289/96 by Antonio TAJANI to the Council. 'DIY' artificial insemination arranged between two Scottish homosexual couples". EUR-Lex Official Journal (C 305): 80. 1996-05-15. 
  53. ^ "Tajani on course for presidency – but does the end justify the means?". 
  54. ^ El vicepresidente de la Comisión Europea cree que "es el momento de invertir", 2 aprile 2014
  55. ^ Antonio Tajani premiado en España por su contribución a la mejora de las pymes, 2 aprile 2014
  56. ^ El nuevo INNOVADORES, una herramienta de trabajo diaria para la 'economía del talento' El Mundo, 11 February 2014
  57. ^ El Vicepresidente de la Comisión Europea y Comisario responsable de Industria y Espíritu emprendedor, D. Antonio Tajani, recibió la Medalla del Real Instituto de Estudios Europeos Real Institutos de estudios europeos ("Royal Institute of European Studies), 25 April 2012
  58. ^ Two European Commissioners Named OSA Advocates of Optics OSA, 28 Marzo 2012
  59. ^ Gruppo di Iniziativa Italiana["permanent dead link] GII, 15 Marzo 2012
  60. ^ Ecco i vincitori del Premio "Argil: uomo europeo" 2011 Giornalisti Calabria, 21 Novembre 2011
  61. ^ "Spagna, a Gijon intitolata una strada ad Antonio Tajani, primo vicepresidente del Parlamento europeo". 
  62. ^ [1] Rappresentanza Permanente della Francia presso l'Unione Europea, 15 Maggio 2012
  63. ^ Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil Agencia Estatal Boletin Oficial del Estado, 7 Febbraio 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
"Franco Frattini
"Italian European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Fernando Nelli Feroci
Preceded by
"Jacques Barrot
"European Commissioner for Transport
Succeeded by
"Siim Kallas
Preceded by
"Günter Verheugen
as European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry
"European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship
Succeeded by
"Michel Barnier
Preceded by
"Martin Schulz
"President of the European Parliament
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