Europe at a Turning Point?Event offered by:
Foreign Policy Association
- Thursday, November 15, 2007
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
45 East 53rd Street (Between Park & Madison Ave)
New York, NY
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Event Transcripts and Video
Lecture on "Europe at a Turning Point," featuring Margot Wallstrom, Vice-President of the European Commission.
Margot Wallstrom - Speaker
Vice-President, European Commission
Margot Wallstrom was born on 28 September 1954 in Sweden. She entered politics shortly after graduating from high school in 1973. She worked as an Ombudsman for the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League. In 1979, she was elected as a Member of the Swedish Parliament. Her ministerial career began in 1988 when she was appointed as Minister of Civil Affairs, Consumer Affairs, Woman and Youth (1988-1991). She later served as Minister of Culture (1994-1996) and Social Affairs (1996-1998). In 1998, she retired from Swedish politics to become Executive Vice-President of Worldview Global Media, an NGO based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The following year she as appointed as Member of the European Commission, under President Romano Prodi, and given responsibility for EU environmental policy. In 2004, when the Barroso Commission took office, she became Commission Vice President with responsibility for Inter-institutional Relations and Communication. Margot Wallstrom has received honorary doctors from Chalmers University, Sweden.