The most distinguished guests of EEC 2011

Janusz Lewandowski, Petr Nečas, Viktor Orbán, Iveta Radičová, Antonio Tajani, Donald Tusk and Günter Verheugen – are the names of only some of the important guests that will take part in the European Economic Congress 2011.

Below you will find brief presentations of some of the most interesting people who will be coming to Katowice between 16th and 18th of May for the European Economic Congress 2011.

Jerzy Buzek, Chairman of the European Parliament and Honorary Chairman of the Patronage Council of the EEC 2011 Organizational Committee

A politician and professor of technical science, member of the Parliament of the third term and the Prime Minister of Poland from 1997 to 2001. Since 2004, he has been a member of the European Parliament of the sixth and seventh parliamentary term, and since the 14th of July 2009 he has been the Chairman of the European Parliament as the first politician from the Eastern Bloc countries. According to 2008 polls of both the Wprost weekly and Rzeczpospolita daily, Mr. Buzek is the best Polish Euro deputy. He holds the title of doctor honoris causa from universities in Seoul, Dortmund, Isparta, Silesia (University of Silesia, Silesian University of Technology), Opole (Opole University of Technology), Łódź University of Technology, Krakow’s AGH University of Science and Technology and Wrocław University of Technology. Since 2009, Mr. Buzek has been the Honorary Chairman of the Patronage Council of the EEC Organizational Committee.

Harry van Dorenmalen, Managing Director IBM Netherlands, President IBM Europe

Harry van Dorenmalen became the President of IMB Europe in October 2010. He started his career with IBM in 1982 as a programmer, after which he gained the position of Managing Director of IBM BeNeLux and Managing Director of IBM Netherlands.

On the first day of the European Economic Congress 2011, Harry van Dorenmalen will take part in the opening debate on Europe’s competitive economic performance and New European Order, which will be moderated by the editor-in-chief of TVN CNBC, Roman Młodkowski.

Volker Hoff, Deputy President, Adam Opel AG

Volker Hoff has been Deputy President at Opel since February 2010. He studied economy and business management. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Minister of State in the Hesse administration. He was also a managing partner and member of the Government Relations Agency between 1988 and 2006.

Volker Hoff will take part in the debate dedicated to Europe’s competitive economic performance and New European Order, which will take place on the first day of the European Economic Congress 2011.

Eli Leenaars, Member of ING Management Board Banking, Chief Executive Officer for Retail Banking Direct & International

Eli Leenaars has held the position on the ING Management Board Banking since 2009. Since 2010, he has been also the Head of the Retail Banking Direct & International and before that he was also a member of the Executive Board at ING (April 2004 – June 2009). His career with ING Bank began in 1991. Mr. Leenaars was the President of the Polish and Latin American branches of ING.

During the Congress, he will take part in the debate on Europe’s competitive economic performance and New European Order, which will be held on the first day.

Janusz Lewandowski, EU Commissioner for Budgetary and Financial Programming

Mr. Lewandowski holds a PhD in economic science, and is also a politician. From 1980 to 1989, he was an economic consultant for Solidarity, and in 1988 he co-founded the Liberal-Democratic Congress. He worked as a lecturer at Harvard’s University. Janusz Lewandowski is a former Minister for Property Transformation and from 2004 to 2010 he was a deputy in the European Parliament. He has been a Commissioner for the Budget and Financial Programming since the 9th of February 2010.

Janusz Lewandowski’s speech will open the debate on Europe’s competitive economic performance and New European Order, to be held on the first day of the European Economic Congress 2011.

Peter Mandelson, EU Trade Commissioner from 2004 to 2008 and UK Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2009 to 2010. Baron Mandelson of Foy and Hartlepool, a British politician, member of the Labour Party, minister in the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and temporary EU Commissioner in José Barroso’s Commission. Educated at Hendon County Grammar School, Mr. Mandelson supports European integration.

Peter Mandelson will take part in the debate on Europe’s competitive economic performance and New European Order, which will be held on the opening day of the European Economic Congress, on Monday, the 16th of May.

Georg Milbrandt, Prime Minister of Free State of Saxony from 2002 to 2008.

Obtained his PhD and ‘habilitation’ at Münster University. His political career began in 1975 with his position as a member of Münster Municipality. From 1991 to 2001, Mr. Milbrandt was a Finance Minister in Saxony and from 2002 to 2008, Prime Minister.

Georg Milbrandt will take part in the debate on Public Finance which will take place on the 17th of May 2011 at the Monopol Hotel at 9:00 am. The discussion will be moderated by Roman Młodkowski.

Petr Nečas, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

A Czech politician and graduate of physics from the Faculty of Natural Science at J.E Purkyni University in Brno, where he obtained his doctorate in 2010. Mr. Nečas was a Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Labour, Social and Family Affairs in 2006-2009, Deputy Chairman of the Civic Democratic Party from 1999 to 2010 until he became its Chairman in 2010. He has been the Prime Minister since the 13th of July 2010.

Petr Nečas’s will give his speech at the opening ceremony of the European Economic Congress in Katowice on 16 May.

Staffan Nilsson, Chairman of the European Economic and Social Committee

Staffan Nilsson has worked in the position of the Chairman of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) since October 2010. The EESC is an advisory body of the European Union, founded in 1957. It provides expert consultancy to EU institutions, such as the European Commission, EU Council, and EU Parliament. Nilsson was also an active member of the EESC Joint Consultative Committees (JCCs), and played a key role in the EU-Turkey JCC and Euromed Committees.

Staffan Nilsson’s speech will open a debate on finance with special emphasis on EU funds, which will take place on Tuesday, the 17th of May at 11:30 am at the Monopol Hotel.

Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister

A Hungarian politician and a Chairman of Fidesz. He was the Prime Minister from 1998 to 2002 and has been again since 2010. During his term in office, Hungary joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and was successful in its negotiations for Hungary’s EU membership. On the 28th of April 2010, President László Sólyom requested him to form a new government. Mr. Orbán was sworn in as the Prime Minister on the 29th of May 2010.

Viktor Orbán, along with the representatives of the Czech, Polish and Slovak governments will give his speech at the opening ceremony of the European Economic Congress 2011.

Iveta Radičová, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovakia

Ms. Radičová is a Slovakian politician. She was the Minister of Labour from 2005 to 2006, Deputy Chairperson of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS), and a Presidential candidate in 2009. In 1979, she graduated in sociology from Comenius University in Bratislava, and in 1981 defended her PhD at her alma mater. In 1986, she ‘habilitated’ at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, and in 1990 she studied at Oxford University. In 1997, she became a docent, and in 2005 she was appointed professor of the Comenius University. On the 8th of July 2010, she was sworn by President Ivan Gašparovič as the head of Slovak government.

Iveta Radičová will give her speech at the opening ceremony of the European Economic Congress 2011.

Antonio Tajani, Deputy President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship.

Graduate of the Faculty of Law at the Sapienza University of Rome, he is a Deputy Chairman of the European People’s Party. Mr. Tajani has been a councillor of the Rome Municipality since June 2001. In 1994, he was the press spokesman to the Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. In the same year, he became one of the founding members of the new political party, Forza Italia. From May 2008 to February 2010 Mr. Tajani was a member of Jose Manuel Barroso’s Commission, as the Commissioner for Transport and the Deputy President of the European Commission. Since February 2010, he has been the Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship.

Antonio Tajani will participate in the celebrations of the opening session on 16 May, which will take place in the Concert Hall of the Katowice’s Academy of Music.

Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland

Polish politician and historian. He has been the Prime Minister of Poland since the 16th of November 2007, and a co-founder and the Chairman of the Civic Platform. He is a former opposition activist and the Deputy Speaker of the Polish Parliament of the fourth term. One of the Chairmen of the Freedom Union and a co-founder of the Liberal-Democratic Congress.

Mr. Tusk, along with the Prime Ministers of our neighbouring countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, will open the European Economic Congress 2011 in Katowice.

Günter Verheugen, EU Commissioner for Enterprises and Industry from 2004 to 2010, and EU Commissioner for Enlargement from 1999 to 2004.

A German politician who studied history, sociology and political science at the universities in Köln and Bonn. He took the position of Commissioner for Enterprises and Industry in 2004, and this is how his name was included on the list of the members of the European Commission proposed by José Manuela Barroso. Before that Mr. Verheugen was the Commissioner for Enlargement and a member of Prodi Commission. In 2010, he was succeeded by Antonio Tajani.

Günter Verheugen will take part in the debate to be held on the 17th of May entitled ‘Central Europe – from regional integration of the energy sector to European Energy Commonwealth’, which will take place at the Angelo Hotel between 9:00-11:00 am.

Sun Yuxi, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Poland

Chinese poet and diplomat, educated in Beijing and London. His diplomatic career began in 1979, with the position of a civil servant in the Chinese Embassy in Paris. In the years that followed he climbed up the diplomatic scale. In 1995, he was appointed Consultant Minister in the Embassy in Seoul. He was the Chinese Ambassador in Afghanistan, India, Italy and San Marino. He has been China’s Ambassador in Poland since March 2010.

Sun Yuxi will take part in the debate on ‘Chinese-Polish cooperation: opportunities and threats’, which will take place on the 16th of May in the Qubus Hotel.

source: press office of EEC 2011