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150 Enrique Barón Crespo

Enrique Barón Crespo

Enrique Barón Crespo is a former Member of the European Parliament of the Group of Socialists and Democrats (1986-2008). From 1989-1992 he served as 16th President of the European Parliament before occupying various other high-ranking functions within this institution including as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee (1992-1995) and President of the Socialist group (1999-2004). He currently chairs the International Trade Committee. As a lawyer by training specialized in labour law (1970–1977), Barón Crespo previously served as Minister of Transport (1982-85) in the Spanish Government in which capacity he finalized negotiations of accession to the EC. Besides his political engagement, Barón Crespo is presently the Jean Monnet professor in the Universidad Castilla La Mancha (UCLM) and President of the” International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation” as well as “The European Foundation for the Information Society”. He is also Vice-President of the UNESCO “Istituto Internazionale per l’Opera e la Poesia di Verona”, and a member of the “Patronato of the Fundación Gala-Salvador Dalí”. He has authored several books: His most recent publications include “Europe at the dawn of the millennium”, "Europa, Pasión y Razón” as well as a handbook on “The Treaty of Lisbon & Charter of Fundamental Rights”, published in several languages.

150 Delcamp

Alain Delcamp

Alain Delcamp is the Secretary General of the French Senate. He is also the President and founder of the Association pour la Recherche sur les Collectivités Locales en Europe (ARCOLE), Vice-president of the French Association of Constitutionalists and Associated Member of the Group of Studies and Research on Constitutional Law. Between 1998 and 2003, Mr. Delcamp acted as Secretary General of the Foundation for Research on Local Authorities and as Vice-president of the GRALE research network on local governments in Europe. From 1996 until 2003 he was the Chairman of the committee of independent experts of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in charge of monitoring the implementation of the European charter on local autonomy. Furthermore, between 1986 and 2006 Mr. Alain Delcamp served as Professor at the Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence and as associate Professor at the University Aix-Marseille III from 2001 until 2006. He has written numerous articles on parliamentary and constitutional law and especially on the legislative role of the Senate and the power of review of the Parliament as well as on the local and regional institutions of France and other states.

Hans Hegeland

Enikő Győri

Enikő Győri is the Minister of State for European Affairs of Hungary. She was member of the European Parliament in 2009-2010 participating in the works of the Economic and Monetary Committee. From 2005 until 2009 Ms. Győri took part in the working group on ‘’European Politics’’ of the European People’s Party while she was also head of EU Staff of Fidesz Political Group in the Hungarian National Assembly (2003-2009). She also served as Hungary’s ambassador to Italy between 1999 and 2003 and as adviser on EU Affairs for the Hungarian National Assembly between 1992 and 1999. Enikő Győri obtained her PhD from the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics, Budapest, in 2000, and afterwards lectured at ELTE University in Budapest (2004-2009). Since 2004, she has acted as the President of the Italian Forum of Budapest, Director of Free Europe Center (2004-2009) and Member of the Board of the Political Science Review Hungary (since 2007). Enikő Győri has co-authored several publications about European integration, national parliaments and the EU as well as reports on Latin-America and on the US.


Hans Hegeland

Hans Hegeland is Committee Secretary in the Swedish Parliament. His Ph.D. dissertation in 2006 examined whether the Swedish Parliament handles EU affairs as domestic policy or as foreign policy. Dr Hegeland has worked at several committees in the Swedish Parliament since the mid 1990s to 2006, and again from 2008. The committees include i.a. the Finance Committee, the Committee on EU Affairs, and the Committee on the Constitution. He assisted the representatives of the Swedish Parliament during the EU Constitutional Convention in 2002–2003. 2006–2008 he was a political advisor at the Prime Minister’s coordination office, working i.a. with Foreign Affairs and EU affairs. Dr Hegeland has published several articles and chapters on national parliaments and the EU.

150 Andreas Maurer

Andreas Maurer

Andreas Maurer is a Senior Researcher for the European integration research group at SWP German Institute for International and Security Affairs and since 2009 is working for the General Secretariat of the European Parliament. In 2007-2008 he acted as Detached National Expert at the European Parliament in the Secretariat of the Committee for International Trade. Dr. Maurer was also adviser to the European Constitutional Convention between 2002 and 2004. He has been the Project Director of I.PA.COO.-50 - Fifty Years of Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation – and of the Trans European Policy Studies Association in Brussels (2000-2002). From 1997 until 2002 Andreas Maurer served as Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne and received the Science Award of the German Bundestag in 2003. At present he is member of the Academic Directorate of the Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin. Dr. Maurer’s areas of expertise include governance in the European Union, parliaments and parliamentarism within the EU as well as transnational cooperation of political parties and negotiations and reform of European treaties. His current research focuses on the perspectives, roles and functions of the European Parliament and of the national parliaments in European integration.

150 Jan Nico van Overbeeke

Jan Nico van Overbeeke

Jan Nico van Overbeeke represents the Dutch Parliament at the EU institutions in Brussels, since September 2004. Previously, he managed projects on parliamentary support in Southern Africa and was Clerk of the EU Affairs Committee and other committees at the Dutch House of Representatives. Van Overbeeke has a MA in International Conflict Management. 

Lord Roper

Lord Roper

Lord Roper is the Chairman of the European Union Committee of the House of Lords and Lord Deputy Chairman of Committees. He was, from April 1990 until September 1995, the first Director of what is now the Institute for Security Studies of the European Union in Paris, and was a member of the International Commission on the Balkans in 1995-96. After teaching economics at the University of Manchester in the 1960s, when he also served as a part time adviser to the British Governments Department of Economic Affairs, John Roper was a member of the House of Commons (1970-83), an opposition spokesman on defense (1979-81), and chief whip of the Social Democratic Party from 1981-83. From 1983-90, he was a senior staff member of Chatham House (RIIA) and was responsible for its International Security Program.

Michael Shackleton

Michael Shackleton

Michael Shackleton is the head of the UK Information Office of the European Parliament in London. He joined the Secretariat of the European Parliament in 1981 and ever since he experienced various roles from working in the Secretariat of the Committee on Budgets (1985-1992) and within the division responsible for relations between the European Parliament and national parliaments (1992-1995), to being the Head of the Service responsible for conciliations under the codecision procedure between the Council and the Parliament (1997-2004) and the responsible for the establishment of a European Parliament web TV channel known as europarltv (2005-2009). Prior to his experience within the European Parliament, Michael Shackleton obtained his PhD in International Studies from the University of Warwick in 1985. Dr. Shackleton has lectured widely, both inside and outside the Community institutions, for the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht, the University Association for Contemporary European Studies in Britain and the European Union Studies Association of the United States. Dr. Shackleton has been Visiting Professor at several prestigious universities, among others, University of California, Berkeley, College of Europe, Bruges, the Institut des Etudes Politiques in Paris and the University of Maastricht. In September 2009 he was elected to be a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. Dr. Shackleton has published widely on European Community topics.

Gracia Vara Arribas

Gracia Vara Arribas

Gracia Vara Arribas is an Expert at the European Institute of Public Administration in Barcelona. As a lawyer, she practised in Galicia for almost ten years (1986-1995), during which time she was granted the ICEX scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of External Affairs to conduct comparative legal studies for the Spanish Government at its Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands (1990-1991). She gained her Master of Laws (LLM) in comparative, European and international law from Maastricht University (1995-1996). She specialises in European law, regional participation in decision making, and the legal aspects of European integration, with a particular focus on regional and local governance (Multilevel Governance). Under her direction, several impact assessment and evaluation studies have been carried out on EU laws at regional level, which were commissioned by the EU Presidencies (UK 2006 and SE 2009) and for different Member States (SE, NO, UK, FR, NL, DE). In 2009 she was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Interior to evaluate the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the Dutch Provinces and Municipalities. She works as a consultant for the Committee of the Regions, the Dutch Ministry of Interior, and the UK Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. She has co-authored two books on the EU and subnational entities, “Tripartite Arrangements: An Effective Tool for Multilevel Governance?” (EIPA 2005), and “The Role of Regional Parliaments in the Early Warning System” (published in six languages byt he Committe of the Regions www.cor.eu ). She has also authored several policy reports and published numerous articles on the European Union and the Regions.


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