The State of European
17 October 2017 The Westin Grand Paris - Vendôme
Valdis Dombrovskis is the Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union.
Prior to that, he served three consecutive terms as Prime Minister of Latvia, becoming the longest serving elected head of government in Latvia’s history.
Before becoming European Commission Vice-President, Valdis Dombrovskis was elected for the second time as a Member of the European Parliament (first, 2004-2009) and Head of the Latvian Delegation in the EPP Group.
He served as a Member of the Saeima (Parliament) of Latvia (March 2004- June 2004; January 2014 June 2014) and was Latvia’s Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2004.
Valdis Dombrovskis was born on 5 August 1971 in Riga, Latvia. He graduated with a degree in physics from the University of Latvia (1993) and economics from Riga University of Technology (1995). He received his master’s degree in physics in 1995 from the University of Latvia. In 1995 -1998, he worked as a research assistant at Mainz University, Germany, at the Institute of Solid-State Physics in Latvia and at the University of Maryland (USA).
Prior to joining politics, he worked as a senior economist and chief economist at the Bank of Latvia (1998-2002). Together with Anders Aslund, he co-authored the book „How Latvia came through the financial crisis” which was published in 2011.
In November 2014, Valdis Dombrovskis was awarded the Order of the Three Stars (Triju Zvaigžņu ordenis), the highest State Decoration of the Republic of Latvia.
Roberto Gualtieri (born in Rome, 19/07/1966) has been a member of the European Parliament since 2009.
He graduated in literature and philosophy (1992) and has a research doctorate (PhD) in contemporary history (1997).
Since 1995, he has been author of several books and articles on Italian and international history of the XXth century and on the history of the European integration.
Mr. Gualtieri is an associate professor of contemporary history at 'La Sapienza' University, Rome.
Within the European Parliament he held, among others, the following tasks:
In 2010, he has been S&D Group negotiator within the EP negotiating team on the creation of the European External Action Service.
In 2011, he has been co-rapporteur (with Elmar Brok) for the European Council decision amending Article 136 of the TFEU with regard to a stability mechanism for Member States whose currency is the euro.
In 2011, he has been member of the European Parliament negotiating team for the establishment of the "Fiscal Compact".
In 2012, he has been appointed S&D Group coordinator for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO).
In 2012, he has been S&D negotiator for the European Parliament in the working group set up by Herman Van Rompuy on a "Genuine Economic and Monetary Union".
In July 2014, he has been elected Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).
He is also a substitute member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) and of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET).
He is member of the National board of the Partito Democratico (Italy), since 2008.
Michel BARNIER is Chief Negotiator, heading the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 TEU.
He is married to Isabelle and a father of three children. He graduated from the ESCP European Business School in Paris.
Michel BARNIER engaged at an early age in the Gaullist party in his native Savoie and was elected at the age of 27 as Member of the French National Assembly, and then as President of the department. In that capacity he organized, together with three-time Olympic champion Jean-Claude KILLY, the XVI Olympic Winter Games in 1992 in Albertville.
Michel BARNIER has been a minister in several governments in France, as Minister of Environment (1993-1995), for European affairs (1995-1997) and for Foreign affairs (2004-2005).
From 1999 to 2004, he was European Commissioner responsible for Regional policy and Institutional reform. In 2007, the newly elected French President Nicolas SARKOZY appointed him Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.
In June 2009, Michel BARNIER led the French campaign for the European elections and a few months later he was appointed European Commissioner for Internal market and Services. It is in this capacity that he proposed and built the Banking Union, with the support of President José Manuel BARROSO.
Since march 2015 Michel BARNIER was a Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude JUNCKER on matters of security and defense.
Born in 1957, Pervenche Berès has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1994.
S&D Spokesperson of the ECON committee
Full member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and of the Institutional Affairs Committee. Former substitute member of the “TAXE I” et “TAXE II” special committee and substitute member of the PANA inquiry committee.
She has been appointed in 2014, rapporteur on "The economic governance framework of EMU: Stocktaking of possible building blocks" and in 2015 on "a Budgetary capacity for the Eurozone".
In Parliament elected in 2009, she has been the Chairwoman of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee and a substitute member in the Economic and Monetary affairs committee. She has been appointed rapporteur of the temporary committee on the financial, economic and social crisis. Previously, she was Chairwoman of the Economic and Monetary affairs Committee (2004-2009), head of the French socialist delegation (June 1997-June 2004 & June 2014-January 2017) and Vice-President of the Socialist group in the European Parliament (June 1997-June 2004). From December 1999 to October 2000, she was the Vice-president of the European Parliament delegation to the Convention in charge of elaborating a European Union Charter of fundamental rights. She was also a member of the European Convention in charge of drafting a Constitution for Europe from February 2002 to July 2003.
Graduated from the "Institut d'Etudes Politiques" in Paris, she worked from 1981 to 1988 and from 1993 to 1994 as an administrator in the French National Assembly; from 1988 to 1992 she was an advisor for International and European affairs to Laurent Fabius, President of the National Assembly.
Xavier Rolet is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group. He was appointed to the LSE Board in March 2009 and appointed Chief Executive on 20 May 2009. From 2000 to 2008 he was a senior executive at Lehman Brothers and, most recently, CEO of Lehman in France. Prior to Lehman Brothers, he held senior positions at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson from 1997 to 2000, Credit Suisse First Boston from 1994 to 1996 and Goldman Sachs from 1984 to 1994.