BRUSSELS, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The European Council decided on Saturday to appoint Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the new High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The following is a profile of Mogherini.
Mogherini has been the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs since February 2014.
She is a Member of the Italian Parliament (Chamber of Deputies) where she was elected for the first time in 2008.
In her parliamentary capacity, she has been the Head of the Italian Delegation to the Nato Parliamentary Assembly and Vice-president of its Political Committee (2013-2014); member of the Italian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2008-2013); Secretary of the Defence Committee (2008-2013) and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
She also coordinated the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Development Cooperation.
She has been in the leadership of the Democratic Party since it was founded, in 2007: first as Secretary for Institutional Reforms, then as a member of the National Council, and in 2013-2014 as Secretary for European and International Affairs.
She was previously a member of the Bureau of PES (Party of European Socialists), Vice-president of the European Community Organization of Socialist Youth (ECOSY), member of the Bureau of the European Youth Forum, and a member of the Secretariat of the Youth Forum of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
She is a member of IAI -- Istituto Affari Internazionali, of the Council for the United States and Italy and a fellow of the German Marshall Fund for the United States.
She is also a member of the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (ELN) and of the Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).
She was born in Rome in 1973 and graduated in Political Science at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". She is fluent in English and French, and has a good understanding of Spanish.
She's married to Matteo and mother of two daughters, Caterina and Marta.