Romana Tomc studied at the Faculty of Economies in Ljubljana.

She spent nearly ten years working with the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2008, she worked as State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs.

She became Vice-President of the Slovenian National Assembly in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, she also took up the position of Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, before being elected Member of the European Parliament in May 2014.

I moved to Slovenia in December 2013, with my baby boy Dimitrije. He was only one month and a half at the time. My husband had been working in Slovenia for eight years and we didn’t want to live separately. It was a tough decision: I had to give up my job which I loved. I was a teacher in my hometown in Bosnia.

I decided to visit the library because I love to read. When I wasn’t able to travel during the war, books were my gate to the outside world. So I enrolled at the Grosuplje Public Library. There I met other mummies with young babies. They accepted me even though my Slovenian is very poor.

I decided to volunteer. The library welcomed my offer and so I became a storyteller. It changed my life. I sensed the beauty of teaching again. I am so thankful to the people who gave me this opportunity.