Publish Date: 28.09.2015

Category: News from the University

On Friday, 9 October 2015 between 11.00 and 11.45 Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investments and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen will present the Investment Plan for Europe at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana. During his visit he would like to exchange opinion on the current affairs in the EU also with the students.

We invite you to join the meeting and to exchange with him your opinion on: "Europe at crossroads - Economic, Social and Political Challenges". Short introductory remarks will be followed by Q&A with the students. Lecture will be held in English.

Briefly on the guest:

Jyrki Katainen (born in 1971) is since November 2014 one of seven Vice-Presidents of the European Commission. As responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investments and Competitiveness he prepared in cooperation with several commissioners the first big initiative of the current Juncker's Commission "The Investment Plan for Europe".

Before joining the European Commission, Katainen held several top political positions in Finland. He was the Prime-Minister of Finland for three years (2011-2014). He was Deputy Prime Minister of Finland for three years (2011-2014), between 2007 and 2011 he was Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Finland. Katainen was for 15 years (between 1999 and 2014) Member of the Finish Parliament and served for 10 years (2004-2014) as the President of the Finnish National Coalition Party.

He obtained a Master's degree in political science from the University of Tampere.