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European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs (confirmed)
Dimitris Avramopoulos is the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship since November 2014.
Before becoming European Commissioner, Mr. Avramopoulos was Minister of National Defence of Greece (two terms), Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Tourism Development, Minister of Health and Social Solidarity and Mayor of Athens (two terms). He was elected Member of the Parliament several times with the “New Democracy” party (1993, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012).
Mr. Avramopoulos served in the Diplomatic Service of Greece from 1980 until 1993. He was Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Greek Prime Minister and Consul of Greece in Liège (Belgium) and in Geneva (Switzerland).
Mr. Avramopoulos completed his studies at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the University of Athens and his postgraduate studies on International Organisation at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He is Honorary Professor of the State Academy of Technological Sciences of Moscow and of Peking University (Beijing), and Honorary Doctor of ADELPHI University (New York), DREXEL University (Philadelphia), KINGSTON University, European College of Parma (Italy) and DEREE College (Athens).
Mr. Avramopoulos has been bestowed awards and state decorations from many countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Vatican, Venezuela, Yugoslavia and Lebanon.
He is married to Vivian and has two sons, Filippos and Iasonas.
European Commissioner for the Security Union (confirmed)
Sir Julian King was appointed Commissioner for Security Union on the 19th September 2016.
He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1985. He has held various positions, including: UK Ambassador to France (2016); Director General Economic & Consular (2014); DG of the Northern Ireland Office London and Belfast (2011); UK Ambassador to Ireland (2009); EU Commission Chef de Cabinet to Commissioner for Trade (2008); UK Representative on EU Political and Security Committee, (2004).
Sir Julian is a graduate of Oxford University. He was awarded the KCVO in 2014; CVO in 2011 and CMG in 2006.
Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia (confirmed)
Education: Tallinn Secondary School No. 21 in 1987; Tallinn Militia Special Secondary School 1989; University of Tartu, law 2000; Tallinn University of Technology, M.A. in public administration 2003
Career: Estonian Police (Criminal Police) 1987–2000, Central Criminal Police, Deputy Director 2000–2002, Director 2002–2003; Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, Police College, Director 2003–2006; Security Adviser to the Commander of the Defence Forces 2007–2011; Member of the 12th Riigikogu 2011–2014; Minister of Justice 2014-2015; Member of the 13th Riigikogu 2015–2016; 2016 - … Minister of the Interior.
Party affiliation: Social Democratic Party 2009–, Member of Board
Membership in representative bodies: XII Riigikogu (Chairman of Anti-Corruption Select Committee 2011–2014), XIII Riigikogu (Chairman of Faction); Tallinn City Council 2009–2011, elected also 2013
Awards: Order of the Cross of the Eagle, Silver Cross 2003; Estonian Police Cross of Merit 1998; Cross of Merit in Honour of the 10th Anniversary of the Estonian Police 2001; Cross of Merit of the Defence League 2003; Cross of Merit in Honour of the 15th Anniversary of the Estonian Police 2006; Cross of Merit of the Estonian Defence Forces for Excellent Service 2009; Cross of Merit of the Estonian Defence Forces 2011; Ministry of the Interior Mission Medal 2015.
Executive Director, European Border and Coast Guard Agency
• Executive Director of Frontex (since 16.01.2015)
• Head of the Division “Fight Against Irregular Immigration”, Ministry of the Interior (26.08.2013‐15.01.2015)
• Deputy Head of Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs –
• Embassy of France to the
• Republic of Korea (2011‐2013)
• Head of the Division International and European Law, Ministry of Defence (2007‐
• Vice‐Prefect of Châteaulin District, Ministry of the Interior (2005‐2007)
• Vice‐Prefect, head of Cabinet to the Regional Prefect of Upper Normandy, Ministry of
• the Interior (2003‐2005)
• National Expert Detached to the European Commission (2000‐2003)
• Project Leader to the Director for Territorial, Administration and Political Affairs,
• Ministry of Interior (1999‐2000)
• Deputy and then Head of the Unit “Crossborder Traffic, Frontiers and Visas”, Ministry
• of the Interior (1996‐1999)
Education and Training
• Graduate of Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) (1994‐1996)
• Graduate of Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) (1989‐1993)
• Graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1990‐1992)
• Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary History, University of Paris (1991‐1992)
• Master’s Degree in Contemporary History (1990‐1991) University of Paris
• First Degree in History, University of Paris (1989‐1990)
“Integration of the Human Rights component and International Humanitarian Law in peacekeeping missions led by the EU », session « Coordination and cooperation of
Rob Wainwright was born in 1967 in Carmarthen, Wales, UK. Having graduated in 1989 from the London School of Economics, University of London with a BSc, he worked in the following ten years as an intelligence analyst in the UK in the fields of counter-terrorism and organised crime. Between 2000 and 2003, Mr. Wainwright was the Head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol, and also responsible for the Europol National Unit in London. The Liaison Bureaux are a key link in Europol’s cooperation with the EU member states.
In 2003, he was promoted to the position of Director International of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), where he was responsible for its international operations and for developing and implementing the UK strategy against facilitated illegal immigration. Between 2006 and 2009, he was Chief of the International Department of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). In this leading role, he was overseeing 20,000 law enforcement cases each year as well as establishing the international strategy and operational capabilities of the newly formed agency. His mandate extended from SOCA’s international operations and global partnerships to the worldwide network of SOCA liaison officers. Mr Wainwright was appointed Director of Europol in April 2009. He is also currently an active member of the World Economic Forum, primarily on cyber issues. Rob Wainwright is married with three children. He speaks English, Welsh and Spanish and his interests include history and literature.
Director for Criminal Justice, DG Justice, European Commission (confirmed)
Alexandra Jour-Schroeder is Director of the Criminal Justice Department of the European Commission in Brussels. Her department develops European Union policies and legislation to enhance co-operation in criminal matters and to protect rights in criminal procedures. The fight against crime, particularly the financing of terrorism and money-laundering, is one of the priorities of the Directorate. Alexandra Jour-Schroeder and her AML team strongly co-operate with the Financial Action Task Force.
Alexandra Jour-Schroeder is a graduate in law. Following initial assignments in the German federal government, she started working for the European Commission in 1996 where she has held several roles in departments for competition, industry and justice policies. She served as an advisor to EU Commissioners from 1998 to 2007. Since 2011 she has worked in the Justice Department where she has held several management roles. From 2011, she headed the unit in charge of EU criminal law and, from October 2016, led the unit for financial crime. She has been Director for Criminal Justice since March 2017.
Research Group Director, RAND Europe (confirmed)
Jon Freeman is the research group director for RAND Europe's Innovation, Health and Science group, which provides detailed analysis and considered recommendations to support public policy decisionmakers in the UK and Europe.
He previously worked in higher education, central government and advisory roles. Before RAND Europe, he was head of research development and knowledge exchange at the University of Bath, leading teams that support academics in securing research funding, developing partnerships with companies and exploiting intellectual property. Prior to that he was a research leader at RAND Europe where he focussed on the policy challenges of innovation, skills, and investment decisions for the defence sector.
More generally, Freeman has worked in research, innovation and policy in the public, private and higher education sectors. He worked for 12 years in central government departments and advisory bodies, including the Ministry of Defence, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and Defence Science & Technology Labs. Through these roles he has managed policy, change and research programmes. His personal research interests include resilience and innovation, environmental security, the science-policy interface, and the governance of innovation and public sector procurement decisionmaking.
Freeman has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of York.