Irena Joveva is a Member of the European Parliament from Slovenia, sitting with the liberal Renew Europe group. She is vice coordinator of the Committee of culture and education where she is working on establishing a strong European Media Freedom Act.
She has worked on files relating to media freedom, journalist protection, the Digital Service Act, Digital Markets Act, and the Audiovisual Media Service Directive. Before becoming Member of the European Parliament, she was a journalist for eight years. She worked in the domestic political editorial team of the Slovenian national Press Agency (STA) and worked as a journalist for 24UR news program on POP TV. She received the Watchdog award from the Slovene Association of Journalists for Debutant of the year in 2014.
Apart from media topics, her everyday work at the parliament revolves around the European Solidarity Corps, youth issues, the rule of law, EU enlargement, employment and social affairs and public health (as vice Chair of the Parliament's committee on Public Health).
She is a strong advocate for more transparency in politics and more youth engagement in the decision making process. She believes that strong and independent media are an inevitable basis for a healthy, resilient and functional democracy.