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The current status of the accession negotiations

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Plenary / Panel

Speakers

Chief Negotiator for the EU Accession
Minister of Economic Affairs
Chief Negotiator for the EU Accession of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia
Director, Directorate I - Enlargement, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
Leiter, Wirtschafts- und integrationspolitischen Sektion, Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten, Wien

Petras AUSTREVICIUS

Chief Negotiator for the EU Accession

1981-1986 Student of the Vilnius University, Department of Industrial Economics
1986-1991 Institute of Economy, the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Junior Research Fellow
1988-1991 Post-graduate course
1991-1992 Senior Official and later First Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
 October 1993 Charge d Affaires ad interim of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Finland September 2, 1994 - December 20, 1997
 Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Finland
 February 1998 Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania on Foreign Affairs
 May 1998 Director General of the European Committee under the Government of Lithuania
 October 1999 Chancellor of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 November 2000 - present Director General of the European Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 January 2001- present Chief Negotiator with EU
1992-1993 Head of the Northern European Division MFA

Henrik HOLOLEI

Minister of Economic Affairs

 Grad. Tallinn Technical University/ Department of
 Economics, 1993, Macroeconomy; Aarhus University/Denmark, Political Science
 and International Economy, 1992-1993; Participation in various seminars on
 EU integration and negotiations, 1995-2001
1993 (Oct)-1995 (Aug) Finnish Foreign Trade Association/Tallinn Branch: Assistant Trade Commissioner
1995 (Aug)-1996 (Jan) Counsellor to the Minister for European Affairs
1996 (Jan)-1996 (Aug) Counsellor/ Office of European Integration
 Civil Servants for the EU Integration (the inter-institutional body for the Co-ordination of EU affairs in Estonia)
1996-2001 (Oct) Director of the Office of European Integration, State Chancellery; Chairman for the Estonian Council of Senior
2001 (Oct) Minister of Economic Affairs

Andris KESTERIS

Chief Negotiator for the EU Accession of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

1984 - 1987 post graduate, State University of Kiev, aspirant
 Since 1999 Chief Negotiator for Latvia s accession negotiations to the EU
 Since 1998 Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1979 - 1984 graduated the University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy
1994 - 1998 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia in Federal Republic of Germany
 Febr. 1992 Head of Europe Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 Dec. 1990 Began diplomatic career as a Political Desk Officer of the Department of Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1992 - 1994 Head of Latvian Delegation CSCE, Charge d Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Austria
1987 - 1990 University of Latvia, lecturer

Antti KUOSMANEN

Director, Directorate I - Enlargement, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union

 Master of Sciences (Mathematics, Economics, Statistics) University of Helsinki, 1974. Married since 1975, two children.
 Director, DGE I (Enlargement), General Secretariat, Council of the European Union, 1999-.
 Director, DGE II (External relations), General Secretariat, Council of he European Union, 1996-99.
 Deputy Director-General, Deputy Head of the EU-Secretariat, 1994-1996.
 Director, Head of the Division for Western European Integration, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 1993-1994. Member of Finland's Delegation in the accession negotiations (special responsibility: fisheries and the environment).
 Previously: several positions in the Finnish Diplomatic service starting from 1976.

Dr. Martin SAJDIK

Leiter, Wirtschafts- und integrationspolitischen Sektion, Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten, Wien

1989-1991 Gesandter an der Österreichischen Botschaft Moskau
1994-1997 Leiter der Abteilung Immobilienmanagement und Beschaffungswesen
seit 1997 Leiter der Abteilung EU-Erweiterung, Außenwirtschaftsbeziehungen Zentral-, Ost- und Südosteuropa
seit 2003 Leiter der Wirtschafts- und integrationspolitischen Sektion im Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten