AEJ Organisation

Elected Officers


At the 2016 AEJ General Assembly in Ireland, the following officers were elected for a 2 years term:

President: Otmar Lahodynsky, Austria

Secretary-General: Tibor Macak, Slovakia 

Vice-President: Saia Tsaousidou, Greece
Vice-President: Javier F. Arribas, Spain 
AEJ Vice-President and representative for Media Freedom Vice-President: William Horsley, UK 

Treasurer: Luigi Cobisi, Italy

AEJ Representaive for Brussels: Lieven Taillie, Belgium

Athanase Papandropoulos (Greece), Eileen Dunne (Ireland) and Diego Carcedo (Spain) are Honorary Presidents of the AEJ . Carmelo Occhino (Italy) and Dogan Tilic (Turkey) are  Honorary Vice - Presidents. Miguel Angel Aguilar (Spain), Juraj Alner (Slovakia), Peter Kramer (Belgium) are Honorary Secretary Generals.

AFTER MODIFIED STATUTES (decision of AEJ Int. General Assembly of 23 November 2013, in Brussels) CAME IN FORCE ON 12 DECEMBER 2013, ABOVE MENTIONED ELECTED OFFICERS AND SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVES  MAKE UP AEJ INT. BOARD


AEJ Int. Audit Committee

David Lennon, UK

Mike Springate, UK

Soren Haar, Belgium


AEJ Int. Arbitration Committee

Jozsef Horvath 

Pedro Gonzalez Martinez


Honorary President - Eileen Dunne
Honorary Secretary General - N. Peter Kramer

Short presentations of the board' members: 



Otmar Lahodynsky
, Austrian journalist and EU-expert,
President of AEJ  

Austrian journalist (Magazine "profil") and former EU-correspondent became president of  the Austrian section of AEJ in 2004. He is the author of the first textbook about the European Union "EU for you!" (with Wolfgang Böhm)  so far published in Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Romania, Montenegro and Turkey. 



Tibor Macak was elected AEJ's Secretary General during the General Assembly of 2012 held in Offida (Italy). He is Secretary General of AEJ Slovak section since 2008. He works as editor and commentator by public Slovak radio and television RTVS, foreign news desk. Former was correspondent of public Slovak news Agency TASR in Germany and wrote also articles about foreign politics for some slovak print media.



Saia Tsaousidou, Vice President of the International AEJ since October 2010; Secretary-General of the Greek section since 2008; Treasurer of the International AEJ 2004-2010; Greek-based freelance journalist; Professor in private school of journalism. Editor-in-chief of “European Horizons” magazine and www.ctvmag.gr. Re-elected by the General Assembly 2012, held in Offida (Italy).



Javier Fernández Arribas, Vice President of the International AEJ since October 2010; member of executive committee of the Spanish AEJ since 2004; was news and program editor of Punto Radio (Vocento) since 2004 and is now freelance political analyst for TVE, CNN+ and Telemadrid. Re-elected by the General Assembly 2012, held in Offida (Italy).



William Horsley
, AEJ Media Freedom Representative since 2007 and Chairman AEJ UK Section since 2002; London-based journalist and broadcaster for BBC News Online and other media; BBC Foreign News Correspondent 1983-2007; International Director, Centre for Freedom of the Media; advisor to Index on Censorship and UK National Commission for UNESCO. Re-appointed by the General Assembly 2012, held in Offida (Italy).



Luigi Cobisi, Treasurer of the International AEJ since 2010, member of the Italian Section; Editor of the "Italradio" review (magazine and website) since 1996; author (most recent publication "Orario Radio 2010") and director of the handbook series for Edizioni Medicea in Florence. Since 2007 is a member of the Italian National Professional Council of Journalism (Ordine dei Giornalisti). Re-elected by the General Assembly 2012, held in Offida (Italy).


HONORARY MEMBERS OF THE BOARD



N. Peter Kramer was appointed by the General Assembly 2012 as AEJ Representative for ‘Brussels’ . From 2004 till 2012 he was AEJ’s International Secretary General. Also he was also Secretary-General of the Belgian AEJ Section (2003-2010) and  of the Dutch AEJ Section (1992-1998). Brussels based Editor-in-chief and EU correspondent for European Business Review (magazine and website) since 2004; author (most recent publication Het Brussels Labyrinth). He is an advisor to the board of the EurActiv Foundation.


Eileen Dunne is a native of Dublin, Ireland. She is the International President of AEJ since October 2010. She works as a senior Newscaster with RTE, Ireland's national radio and television station, presenting the flagship 9 o'clock news.. she has been a member of the AEJ since the early 1990s and Chair of the Irish section since 2002. Re-elected by the General Assembly 2012, held in Offida (Italy).



Athanase Papandropoulos, International Honorary President since 1998; Former International President 1992-1998; President of the Greek section since 2008; Columnist at the daily newspapers "Estia", "Naftemporiki" and the weekly "Kosmos"; Anchorman for financial matters at SBC TV; Editorial consultant at "European Business Review" magazine.



Diego Carcedo is President of the Spanish section of the AEJ since 2004, Honorary President of the AEJ since 2010, and its President from 2006 till 2010. He has directed RNE, Spain’s public radio station, as well as several departments at RTVE. Now he collaborates with several media including newspapers and radio stations.


Carmelo Occhino, Honorary Vice-President of the International AEJ since October 2010 and Secretary-General of AEJ Italy; ex Vice-President of the International AEJ (2006-2010); was editor farming and environment news of RAI and is now freelance.



L. Dogan Tiliç,  Assoc. Prof. Dr., Honorary Vice-President of the AEJ since October 2012 and President of AEJ Turkey, works as reporter since 1986 and a lecturer at Turkey’s Middle East Technical University. Turkey reporter of Spain’s Agencia EFE, Columnist in Turkish daily BirGun. As reporter, he has been to several conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Yugoslavia. He is actively engaged in journalistic organisations and served as chairperson or executive board member of both national and international journalists’ associations. He found the AEJ Turkish Section and served as International Vice President of AEJ for several years. He is spokesperson of the G-9 Platform, which is an umbrella for the 12 leading Turkish journalists’ associations and actively working in the Freedom For Journalists Platform (GOP) of Turkey. He has got several journalistic awards, written academic articles and 5 books.



Miguel Ángel Aguilar , AEJ's Honorary Secretary General, is Secretary General of the Association of European Journalists in Spain since it was founded in 1981. He has also been Secretary General of AEJ. His career started at Diario Madrid during the Spanish dictatorship, and continued in La Libre Belgique, Diario 16 and some others. Today, he collaborates with El País, Cadena SER, Telecinco and other top Spanish media.



Juraj Alner, PhDr., AEJ's Honorary Secretary General, journalist and pedagogue; 1964 – 1968 editor of daily newspaper Lud; 1970-1989 released from his job as ,"anticommunist", not allowed to publicize; November 1989 working together with the Students Committee and the "People against Violence" during the revolutionary movement; 1993-2007 founder and president of the Slovak section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ); 2002-2004 AEJ international secretary general; since 1993 Team Europe member (EU); 1994-2012 Secretary general of the Paneuropean Union Slovakia; 1996 Slovak journalist Award; 1997 Silver Medal from the President of the Slovak Republic; 1998 European Journalism Prize; since 2011 Honorary international secretary general of the AEJ. Author of hundreds articles, books (e.g. books of European integration, novels, poetry).