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Croatia s Path to the EU

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Wirtschaftskammer Österreich - Rudolf Sallinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
German and English language

Speakers

Vorsitzender des Vorstandes, UNIQA Versicherungen AG, Wien
Negotiator, Directorate-General for Enlargement, European Commission
President, Croatia, Zagreb
Member of the European Parliament President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee President of the World Olympians Association
Korrespondent der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Prag
EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Council of the European Union, Brussels
Generalsekretär, Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten, Wien Chair

Dr. Andreas BRANDSTETTER

Vorsitzender des Vorstandes, UNIQA Versicherungen AG, Wien

1988-1992 Diplomstudium Politikwissenschaft und Geschichte, Universität Wien
1992-1994 Doktoratsstudium Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien und University of California, San Diego (USA)
1993 Trainee am Europäischen Parlament, Luxenburg; GD IV
1993 Kabinett des Vizekanzlers Dr. Erhard Busek
1994 Hauptgeschäftsführer der ÖVP-Bundespartei, Stellvertretender Generalsekretär
1995 Leiter des EU-Büros des Österreichischen Raiffeisenverbandes in Brüssel
1997-2002 Executive MBA an der California State University, Hayward (CSUH/IMADEC)
1997 BARC Versicherungs-Holding AG, Assistent des Generaldirektors
1999 UNIQA Versicherungen AG, Assistent des Generaldirektors
2000 UNIQA Versicherungen AG, Generalsekretär
2002 UNIQA Versicherungen AG, stellvertretendes Mitglied des Vorstandes
2002 CALL DIRECT Versicherung AG, Mitglied des Vorstandes
2003 UNIQA Versicherungen AG, Mitglied des Vorstandes
2004 UNIQA Personenversicherung AG, Mitglied des Vorstandes
2004 UNIQA Sachversicherung AG, Mitglied des Vorstandes, verantwortlich für das Kompetenzzentrum "Privatkunden sowie Klein- und Mittelbetriebe" und mit den Ressorts Direktvertrieb und Mergers & Acquisitions beauftragt

M.SocSc Filip CORNELIS

Negotiator, Directorate-General for Enlargement, European Commission

 Coordinator of the drafting Treaty of Accession and of the Commission's final report on the preparedness of the new Member States
 Since 1998 EU negotiator in the enlargement process, as desk officer for the accession negotiations with Hungary and for negotiating chapters 2 and 21 on a multi-country basis
 Member of the policy unit of the Directorate General for Enlargement in the European Commission

MA Kolinda GRABAR-KITAROVIC

President, Croatia, Zagreb

1992-1993 Assistant, and consequently Adviser, Department for International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Croatia, Zagreb
1993 BA in English and Spanish languages and literature, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb
1993-1995 Adviser, and consequently Senior Adviser to Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Zagreb
1995 Special intensive course in diplomacy and German language, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna
1995-1997 Head, Department for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Croatia, Zagreb
1997-1998 Diplomatic Counsellor, Embassy of Croatia, Ottawa
1998-2000 Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Croatia, Ottawa
2000 MA in Political Science, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb
2001-2003 Minister Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Zagreb
2003 Elected Member, Croatian Parliament, 7th Electoral District
2003-2005 Minister of European Integration, Croatia, Zagreb
2004-2005 Deputy Head, State Delegation and Chief Negotiator for Negotiations on the Accession of Croatia to the European Union
2005-2008 Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Republic of Croatia, Zagreb
2008-2011 Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America
2011-2014 Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO, Brussels
since 2015 President, Republic of Croatia, Zagreb

Dr. Pal SCHMITT

Member of the European Parliament President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee President of the World Olympians Association

 World Champion and Hungarian National Champion in Fencing
 Olympic Champion in Fencing (1968, 1972)
 Since 1983 International Olympic Committee Member for Hungary
 Since 1989 President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee
1993-1997 Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary, Madrid, Spain
 Since 1999 Chief of Protocol of the International Olympic Committee
 Since 1999 President of the World Olympians Association
1995-1999 Vice President of the International Olympic Committee
 Since 2003 Vice-President of FIDESZ Hungarian Civic Union
 Since 2004 Chairman of the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee
 Since 2004 Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
 Since 2004 First Vice-President of the Committee on Culture and Education
 Since 2004 MEP
1999-2002 Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary, Bern, Switzerland

Mag. Karl-Peter SCHWARZ

Korrespondent der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Prag

 Studium der Geschichte und Romanistik in Wien und Rom, (Mag. Phil.)
 Danach in der Nachrichtenredaktion ("Zeit im Bild") des österreichischen Fernsehens (ORF)
1982-1984 Erste journalistische Erfahrungen in der außenpolitischen Redaktion der österreichischen Tageszeitung "Die Presse"
1986-1990 Auslandskorrespondent des ORF für Hörfunk und Fernsehen in Rom
1990-1995 Auslandskorrespondent für "Die Presse" in Prag
 Seit 2000 Korrespondent der F.A.Z. mit Sitz in Prag, zuständig für die Tschechische Republik, die Slowakei, Slowenien, Kroatien und Rumänien.
1996-2000 Stellvertretender Chefredakteur der "Presse"

M.Sc. Peter SEMNEBY

EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Council of the European Union, Brussels

 Master in Economics (MSc), Stockholm School of Economics
 Studied Russian and Political Science at the Uppsala and Stockholm Universities
 Attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at the Harvard University, where he followed a graduate studies programme in government and economics
1986 Joined the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1987-1990 Second Secretary at the Swedish Embassy in Moscow
1990-1992 Desk Officer for the USSR (later the CIS countries and the Baltic states), at the Trade Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm
1992-1994 Deputy Head of Mission at the Swedish Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine
1992-1993 Member of the CSCE Mission to Georgia
1994-1997 Political Counsellor of the Swedish Embassy in Bonn, Germany
1997-2000 Head of Office in the Department for European Security Policy of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm
 Since 2002 Head of the OSCE Mission to Croatia
2000-2001 Head of the OSCE Mission to Latvia

Dr. Johannes KYRLE

Generalsekretär, Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten, Wien

1966-1970 Legal studies at the University of Vienna
1970 Doctor of Law
1971-1973 Legal work at courts and banks
1973 Entry into the Austrian Diplomatic Service
1975 Diplomatic Exam, afterwards employed at the Multilateral Economic Department, the Secretariat General and Cabinet of the Minister (1976)
1985-1996 Deputy Head of the Cabinet of the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
1991-2002 Austrian Ambassador to the Principality of Liechtenstein with residence in Vienna
1997-2002 Chief of Protocol
since 2002 Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs