As a Keynote speaker at the International Student Conference “Time to Rethink Economics 2010“ it is our pleasure to announce Mr. Swoboda with his lecture “EU – World Player” where he discuss and give us an insight to international relations in terms of economics and politics.
At first thought on Hannes Swoboda, many think only about high profile politician. But, except for being European Parliament rapporteur for Croatia, he is an ideal for a number of our economsits, lawyers and political scientists.
Hannes Swoboda, economist and attorney, worked in the Vienna Chamber of Labour and was director of the economics, health and housing policy. He held a number of different functions within the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPӦ). He was a member of the municipal council and member of the city council of Vienna. In 1988 he became municipal councillor responsible for urban development planning, transport and external relations. Swoboda is also a member of the federal party executive of the SPӦ and federal chairman responsible for education. Besides, he is also a member of the steering commitee of “A soul for Europe“.
Since 1997, Swoboda has been the vice-president of the European Parliament's delegation for relations with south-east Europe. Much of his parliamentary work is focused on the Balkans, the Middle East, Turkey and the Maghreb.
Talking about his contribution to Croatia, it is important to emphasize his proposal of definition on the improvement that Croatia has achieved, which has been adopted by the Commitee on Foreign Affairs Policy of the European Parliament's. Besides, Hannes Swoboda encourages Croatia to fight vigorously against corruption and to co-operate fully with International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – to allow the Court access to documents requested for use in war crimes trials. It is being considered, that Coatian successful coming-in to European Union, will be a key for opening european's integration to the rest of The west Balkans. Moreover, he indicates, that accession negotiations, may drag into early 2011 rather than ending this, as The Government of the Republic of Croatia hopes.
More details on the ISC 2010 find HERE!