Panel debate 2015

SFM is constantly improving with the objective of offering its participant an enriching and memorable experience. We are happy to announce that in 2015, for the first time, SFM will be openend by a panel debate between EU officials. The overarching theme of the discussion will be “A Europe that fulfills its mandate”. Representatives of different political groups of the European Parliament have confirmed their participation, among them Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP), Rebecca Harms (European Greens), and Pavel Telicka (ALDE). In addition, Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) will also attend the discussion.

More information on the set-up of the debate will follow soon!




Today, Pavel Telicka is co-chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe. Born in Washington, D.C. in 1965 as the son of a Czech diplomat, he studied at the Charles Law University in Prague. In 1986, Telicka joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, and joined the Czech Mission to the EU in Brussels. From 1998 onwards, he served as Chief Negotiator for the accession of the Czech Republic to the EU. In December 2004, he co-founded BXL Consulting with offices in Prague and Brussels, providing consultancy in EU affairs until 2014.


Photo: Ernst Bögershausen

Rebecca Harms is co-president of the Greens/EFA Group and a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. Born in 1956 in Hambrock of Lower Saxony, Germany, she became a gardener by profession, and co-founded a citizen’s group combating nuclear waste disposal in Gorleben. In 1984, when her friend and combatant from the German district Wendland, Undine von Blottnitz, was elected member of the European Parliament, Rebecca Harms became her parliamentary assistant. In 1994, she was elected to the regional parliament in Lower Saxony, where she was elected chairperson of the Green parliamentary group in 1998. In 2004, Rebecca became member of the European Parliament where she became the president of the Greens/EFA in 2009. Rebecca is a member of the Conference of Presidents, of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parlimentary Cooperation Committee and of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. She is substitute member of the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy and of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.


Marian-Jean Marinescu is at present the EPP vice-chairman and vice coordinator in Transport and Tourism Committee, chairman of WG Budget and Structural Policies and full member in Delegation for Serbia and substitute for Industry, Research and Energy Committee and Delegation for South Est Asia.

Designated the MEP of the year 2014 in the “Research and Innovation” category during the annual gala of the MEP Awards, began his career as an aviation engineer. He worked in aviation design and manufacturing for twenty years. Before joining the European Parliament as an observer in 2005 and taking his member seat in 2007 when Romania joined the EU, he went through all political levels: member of Craiova city council, pefect and deputy in the Romanian Parliament. As an MEP he managed the following dossiers: Single European Sky, European GNSS (Gallileo and Egnos), External Aviation Policy, Internal Security Fund.


Hosuk Lee-Makiyama is Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE). He has publisshed several papers and articles for ECIPE since 2010 on free trade negotiations, EU-Asia relations, WTO, servies trade, privacy and the digital economy. Prior to joining ECIPE, he was the Senior Advisor on WTO issues to the EU Presidency of Sweden, serving in Geneva as EU chairperson on trade in services, intellectual property, customs-technical issues and their related UN/WTO bodies. He represented the EU in World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and served on the executive committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Further, he worked in the private sector advisinf Fortune 500 companies and served on the European board of governors of a top 3 US PR/ advertising group. Lee-Makiyama appears regularly in European, US and Chinese media, and was named one of the 20 most influential people for open internet by the readers of the Guardian UK in 2012.He is also a coumnist of China’s only nationwide business daily, Economic Information Daily. In addition, he is a visiting fellow of the department of International Relations at the London School of Economics.