MIL OSI – Source: European Economic and Social Committee –
László Andor is Senior Fellow at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and a Visiting Professor at ULB (Brussels). He was EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the Barroso II Commission (2010-14).
He studied at Karl Marx (now Corvinus) University and the University of Manchester.
Between 1991 and 2005, he taught political science and economic policy in Budapest, and he was editor of the social science journal Eszmélet. He has also taught at Rutgers (USA) and advised the World Bank on SAPRI. From 2005 until 2010 he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the EBRD (London), representing the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia.
He is Policy Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn), a Senior Adviser at EPC, a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisors, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Friends of Europe, and member of the Board of Directors of Notre Europe (Paris).
Pieter is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe (Open Europe Brussels VZW). He is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media across Europe, discussing EU reform, the refugee crisis and the eurocrisis. A trained lawyer, Pieter previously practiced law in Belgium, and has worked as a cabinet advisor and speechwriter to the Belgian State Secretary for Administrative Reform.
Pieter also previously worked as an analyst at the Belgium’s Itinera Institute, which he helped to found. He received his legal training at the Catholic University of Leuven, and also studied law and economics at the universities of Hamburg, Bologna and Vienna.
European Commission, DG Migration and Home Affairs, Unit C2 – Border management and Schengen
Elena currently works at the European Commission, DG Migration and Home Affairs, where she is dealing with the management of Schengen internal and external borders, in particular as concerns the Schengen Borders Code, since 2015.
She previously worked for more than 8 years as a legal officer at the European Commission, DG Taxation and Customs Union, where she was mainly involved in the management of the EU customs union through the issuance of legislation and defence of the Union’s interest in cases before the EU Court of Justice and in the WTO.
She has also previously worked as legal adviser at the Legal Service of the Belgian Ministry of Defence. She received her legal training at the University of Liège and has a Master in European Law from the University of Edinburgh.
Tanja Fajon is a Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair and Member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D) and a Vice-Chair Woman of Social Democrats of Slovenia (SD).
Tanja Fajon graduated in journalism at the University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences). She also holds a Master Degree in International Politics from the College of Interdisciplinary Studies in Paris.
In 2001, she became a journalist correspondent for Radio Television Slovenia in Brussels and kept this foreign post for almost 8 years. Mrs Fajon was for the first time elected to the European parliament in 2009. Mrs Fajon has been actively involved in the politics of the Western Balkans and as the European Parliament’s rapporteur on visa liberalization for the Western Balkans. Mrs Fajon made an important contribution to the life of citizens of the Western Balkans countries as they can finally travel freely to the European Union countries. As a sign of appreciation for this valuable achievement, American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina awarded her honorary doctorate degree (2010).
President of the Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
At the European Economic and Social Committee since 2002, currently President of Group III, Various Interests, a member of the SOC and ECO Sections. The most recent opinions which he has drafted as rapporteur include: perspectives for Africa’s social economy; cooperation between the EU, Africa and China; the statute for European political parties; the implementation of Article 11 of the Treaty on European Union on participatory democracy; the social dimension of EMU; and improving the functioning of the EU by building on the Lisbon Treaty (exploratory Opinion requested by the European Parliament).
President of FOCSIV (federation of development cooperation NGOs) from 1994 to 2000, among the founders of the Italian Third Sector Forum, former President of the national council of ACLI 2008- 2012, a- Christian Associations of Italian Workers which promotes, through its network of local branches, services, enterprises and ad-hoc projects employment and active participation in social life.
• degree in political science
• former international relations journalist, responsible for development programmes in Africa and elsewhere
• communication initiatives and public campaigns, studies and research engaged in several Italian and European social economy networks
Boris Le Hir
Boris Le Hir, Phd in Economics, civil engineer, is specialised in applied economic modelling and in innovation economics.
He works at France Stratégie, a public think tank advising the Prime Minister. He is the co-author with Vincent Aussilloux of a study about the economic cost of rolling back Schengen.
Dr. Paul Minderhoud
Dr. Paul Minderhoud is an associate professor at the Centre for Migration Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His main research interests are free movement, EU citizenship and the legal and socio-legal aspects of immigration and social security. He is managing editor of the European Journal of Migration and Law. Until 2014 he was project director of the European Network on Free Movement of Workers.
For publications see his personal webpage: www.ru.nl/law/minderhoud
Niklaus Nuspliger has been the Brussels correspondent for the Swiss journal Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) since 2013. He writes news articles on foreign affairs and security policy, with a special focus on immigration, free movement, data protection and the fight against terrorism. Before taking over his position in Brussels, he had served as a foreign correspondent in New York City and as a parliament correspondent in Bern. In addition to his work as a journalist, Niklaus has held academic guest lectures, offered comment on TV and radio and moderated panels in Switzerland, Belgium and the United States.
Anthony Valcke has been advising on EU residence rights for over ten years. He directs the operations of the EU Rights Clinic, the first law clinic to specialise in EU law which was set up by ECAS in collaboration with the University of Kent in Brussels. He is visiting lecturer at Kent and teaches modules on EU migration law and EU constitutional law. He is also Adjunct Professor of Law at Vesalius College in Brussels where he teaches EU law relating to the single market. He is qualified as a solicitor in England and is also a member of the Brussels and Palermo bars.