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Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 20186:30PM - 9:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs
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Join us on Europe Day for a discussion of the past, present, and future of the European Union featuring a panel of distinguished international experts.

Introductory remarks by H.E. Peteris Ustubs, European Union Ambassador to Canada

Ambassador Peteris Ustubs began his posting as the European Union’s top diplomat in Canada in September 2017. Prior to his arrival in Canada, he served as Americas Senior Advisor in the Cabinet of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. Ambassador Ustubs has held senior positions with the European External Action Service (EEAS), including as Director for West and Central Africa. Prior to that, he was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Andris Piebalgs, former European Commissioner for Development. Ambassador Ustubs joined the Latvian diplomatic service in 1993 and served as the Representative of Latvia to the Political and Security Committee of the EU, the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Under-Secretary of State – Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

H.E. George Katrougkalos is Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, responsible for European Affairs and International Economic Relations is Professor of Public and Constitutional Law at Democritus University of Thrace. He served until November 2016 as Minister of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity and previously as Alternate Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction. He was also Member of the European Parliament from May 2014 to January 2015. Minister Katrougkalos has studied law at the University of Athens and at Sorbonne University. From 2000 to 2003, he was advisor to the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations for the works of the 3rd Committee of the UN General Assembly and a member of the committee of experts advising the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the drafting of the European Constitution. He has also been legal advisor to the Albanian Parliament on the drafting of the Albanian Constitution (1998-1999) and constitutional expert in many projects in Uzbekistan, Armenia, Syria and the Balkans. Additionally, he has taught at several universities in Europe, the USA and India and has been a visiting scholar at the law school of New York University in 2007 and 2012 as Emile Noel Fellow and Senior Emile Noel Fellow, respectively, and at Roskilde University (1994-1995), as a fellow of the Danish Academy of Science. Minister Katrougkalos is a member of the board of KETHEA (Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals), of UNICEF Greece, of the Association of Greek Experts on Constitutional Law and founding member of the Audit Committee of Public Debt. He has published extensively in Greek, American and European legal reviews.

H.E. Ferdinando Nelli Feroci is President of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). A diplomat from 1972 to 2013, he was Permanent Representative of Italy to the European Union in Brussels (2008-13), Chief of Staff to the Minister (2006-08) and Director General for European Integration (2004-06) at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he served in New York at the United Nations, in Algiers, Paris and Beijing. He also served as Diplomatic Counsellor of the Vice President of the Italian Council of Ministers (1998). In June 2014 he was appointed to the post of European Commissioner in the Commission chaired by Manuel Barroso to replace Antonio Tajani, a position he held until the end of the mandate of the Commission on November 1, 2014. Formerly a Fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1985-86), and Visiting Professor at the Istituto Universitario Orientale of Naples (1989), he is currently a professor at the School of Government of LUISS, Rome. He is the author of many articles and essays on international relations, European affairs and political affairs.

Szabolcs Takács is the State Secretary for European Union Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary. The State Secretary comprehensively supervises the European Union issues in the Hungarian Government. He represents Hungary in the General Affairs Council. Prior to this position, he served as the Deputy State Secretary for Security Policy (Political Director) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also served as the Deputy State Secretary for Global Affairs between 2012 and 2013, and as Director General of the Asia-Pacific Department between 2011 and 2012. Between 2005 and 2009 he was the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Hungary in Doha, Qatar and prior to that worked at the Department of Asia-Pacific since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002. He specializes in the Western-Balkan and Asia-Pacific regions. From 2015 to 2016 he chaired the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), an organization of 31 countries.

Further panelists to be confirmed


European Union Consulates General

Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Joint Initiative in German and European Studies

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