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Lobbying for Civil and Consumer Rights

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Plenary / Panel
German and English language

Speakers

Minister of European Integration, Republic of Montenegro, Podgorica
Director, European Regulatory Affairs, FEDSA - Federation of European Direct Selling Associations, Brussels
Director, FRA - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna
Deputy Director General, BEUC - The European Consumers' Organisation, Brussels
Head, European Commission Representation in Austria, Vienna Chair

Dr. Gordana DJUROVIC

Minister of European Integration, Republic of Montenegro, Podgorica

 Prof Dr. Gordana Djurovi is a full professor on the Faculty of Economics in Podgorica, where she teaches Economic Development, International Economic Relations, and Regional Economy on basic studies. She is the Head of the post-graduate studies in the field of European Economic Integration, where she teaches Economics of the EU and Enlargement Policy. Dr Djurovi was also project manager and associate on projects in the field of economic policy planning and sustainable development, especially on strategic developmental projects of the Government of the Republic of Montenegro:  Regional development of Montenegro (1998),  Programme on utility services transformation and restructuring in Montenegro (1999) and  Development and poverty reduction strategy in Montenegro (2003). In the previous capacity of the Government of Montenegro, she was the Minister for International Economic Relations (February 2004-October 2006). By the decision of the Government of Montenegro adopted in June 2005, she was appointed for the Head of Negotiating Team for negotiations on stabilization and association process, which was successfully completed with signing of the Agreement (SAA) on 15 October 2007. In February 2005, she was appointed for the Head of Negotiating team for the negotiation of accession of Montenegro to World Trade Organization. In period 2006-2009, she held position of the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration in the Government of Montenegro. On the session held on 10 June 2009, the Parliament of Montenegro appointed her as Minister for European Integration.

LL.B., LL.M. Jens KARSTEN

Director, European Regulatory Affairs, FEDSA - Federation of European Direct Selling Associations, Brussels

1999-2000 Chercheur, Université catholique de Louvain
2000 Visiting Fellow, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre
2001 Researcher, College of Europe, Bruges
2001-2004 Legal Adviser, DG SANCO - Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs, European Commission
2004-2010 Lawyer at FEDSA - Federation of European Direct Selling Associations, Brussels

Morten KJAERUM

Director, FRA - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna

1984 Master of Law, University of Aarhus, Denmark
1984-1991 Head, Asylum Department, The Danish Refugee Council
1991-2002 Executive Director, The Danish Centre for Human Rights
2003-2008 Executive Director, The Danish Institute for Human Rights; Co-Director, The Danish Centre for International Studies and Human Rights
 International Assignments:
since 2008 Director, FRA - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
2002-2008 Member, UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
2004-2008 Elected CERD Follow-up co-ordinator
2004-2008 Elected President, International Co-ordination Committee for National Human Rights Institutions (ICC)

Mag. Ursula PACHL

Deputy Director General, BEUC - The European Consumers' Organisation, Brussels

 Ms. Pachl has worked at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, since October 1997, first as Legal Advisor, then as Senior Policy Advisor and presently as Deputy Director General. Ms. Pachl leads BEUC’s work on the Digital Single Market, on consumer rights, redress and enforcement. She is also responsible for horizontal and strategic policy issues and represents BEUC in the European Commission’s REFIT platform, in the stakeholder group of EU’s Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and in the European Commission’s High Level Group for Artificial Intelligence. She also co-ordinates BEUC’s law enforcement activities. BEUC represents 43 independent national consumer associations from 32 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to try to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in the development of all Community policies.

Mag. Richard KÜHNEL

Head, European Commission Representation in Austria, Vienna

1989-1994 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz; Auslandssemester in Lyon, Florenz, Princeton
1994-2004 Diplomatischer Dienst, Außenministerium, u. a. in Tokio, New York
2004-2008 Kabinett der Kommissarin für Außenbeziehungen und Europäische Nachbarschaftspolitik Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner
seit 2008 Vertreter der Europäischen Kommission in Österreich