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2014 State of the Union Confirmed speakers 2014 | 2014 State of the Union

Federica Mogherini

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Federica Mogherini is the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs. She was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 2008 and in 2013, where she was a member of the Defence Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and of the Italian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In […]

Lorenzo Stanghellini

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Lorenzo Stanghellini is Professor of Business Law in the Law Department of the University of Florence. From 2007 to 2012 he has chaired the Graduate Programme of Legal Services established at the Faculty of Law. He obtained a Master in Laws at Columbia University in 1995, and he has been […]

Daniela Vincenti

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 Daniela Vincenti is editor-in-chief at EurActiv.com. She joined EurActiv in 2008 as parliamentary editor, leading the coverage of the European elections and managing 33 professionals across Europe. Prior to that she developed the communication activities of the Platform of European social NGOs (Social Platform) in Brussels, and in 2007 joined […]

George Soros

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George Soros is the Chairman of the Open Society Foundations. He is an investor, a philanthropist and Chairman and funder of Soros Fund Management. After graduating from the London School of Economics in 1952, he worked as a financial analyst and trader in New York. During this period he developed […]

Giorgio Napolitano

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Giorgio Napolitano has served as the President of the Republic of Italy since 2006. After an early post-war career in the Secretariat of the Italian Economic Centre for Southern Italy, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for the first time in 1953, and with the exception of the […]

Stefania Giannini

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Stefania Giannini is the Italian Minister of Education Universities and Research. As a member of the Italian Senate, she is part of the permanent commission in charge of education, research, culture and sports. She is also member of the Italian Parliamentary Commission for Children and Teens, and is President of […]

Marise Cremona

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Marise Cremona joined the EUI in 2006 as Professor of European law and co-director of the Academy of European Law, and was later appointed head of the Department of Law. She has served as the EUI’s president ad interim from 2012 to 2013. Before moving to the Institute, Cremona was […]

José Bové

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José Bové, member of the European Parliament, is the candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission with the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. A farmer, unionist and environmental activist, he has led numerous international rallies and protests against market consolidation, globalization of agriculture, genetically modified crops and shale-gas. […]

Karel De Gucht

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Karel De Gucht is European Commissioner for Trade since 2010. Following an initial career in law, Commissioner De Gucht was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1980, where he remained until 1994. During his political career, Commissioner De Gucht has been a member of the Bureau of […]

Guy Verhofstadt

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Guy Verhofstadt has been a member of the European Parliament since June 2009. Prior to that he was Prime Minister of Belgium, leading three separate governments starting in 1999. He started his political career as a Law student in Ghent, where he was elected President of the Liberal Flemish Students’ […]