European Parliament elects new president

Italy's Antonio Tajani of the center-right European People's Party is the new president of the European Parliament, after winning the vote Tuesday night in Strasbourg.

European Parliament elects new president

European Parliament elects new president

STEPANAKERT, JANUARY 18, ARTSAKHPRESS: The new president was elected after four voting rounds, with support of liberals and conservatives, reports.

Tajani is an ex-spokesman to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. He also was a European Union Commissioner between 2008 and 2014.

Tajani said he believes his 23 years of experience at the EU can bring change to the union.

“We need a more democratic Europe. We cannot close ourselves off in our ivory tower in Brussels. We need to open up to our citizens and we need to hold a series of initiatives to open up the doors of parliament to our citizens so that we can have a constant discussion between members and the citizens of Europe.”

The other candidates all ran with similar calls for a more open and democratic Europe.