ESSCA School of Management : Web speech Margaritis Schinas – Vice President of the European Commission

ESSCA School of Management : Web speech Margaritis Schinas – Vice President of the European Commission

ESSCA Ecole de Management is pleased to welcome the Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, for an online conference on Tuesday, June 28, from 5 to 6 pm.

This event will be held in English.

After a short presentation of his vision for “a Europe that protects, a Europe that empowers”, Mr Schinas will respond to questions from the audience. The event will be moderated by Panos Xidonas, professor at ESSCA School of Management.

Students are particularly encouraged to participate.

The talk will be held on the “livestorm” platform, registration is simple and free of charge.

Registration link here:

All registered participants will also have access to the replay, available immediately after the event.

For any question, feel free to contact Albrecht Sonntag (


A few words about Margaritis Schinas

Margaritis Schinas took office as Vice-President of the European Commission under President Ursula Von Der Leyen in December 2019. He is entrusted with the portfolio for Promoting our European Way of Life. In this capacity, he oversees the EU’s policies for Migration, Security Union, Social rights, Skills, Education, Culture & Sports, Youth, Public health, Interfaith dialogue and the Fight against antisemitism.

Mr Schinas began his career in the European Commission in 1990 and is yet both the first EU official who has been appointed Member of the College of Commissioners, and the first Greek Vice-President of the European Commission in the history of the institution. Between 2007 and 2009, he served as a Member of the European Parliament. During his parliamentary term, he has been a Member of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Upon completing his parliamentary work, he returned to the European Commission where he held various senior positions in areas of high responsibility. In particular, in 2010, President Barroso appointed him as Deputy Head of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers. Later, he served as Resident Director and Head of the Athens Office of the European Commission’s Directorate‑General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN). In 2014, President Juncker appointed Mr Schinas as the Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission, role that he endorsed during one of the most challenging period of the European integration.

Born in Thessaloniki in 1962, Margaritis Schinas holds an MSc on Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, a Diploma of Advanced European Studies on European Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a Degree in Law from the Aristotelean University of Thessaloniki.

He is married and has two children.

You can follow him on Twitter: Margaritis Schinas (@ MargSchinas)



Albrecht Sonntag is a member of Alliance Europa. He is Professor of European Studies at the EU-Asia Institute of ESSCA Ecole de Management (Angers).

Albrecht Sonntag is at the origin of the Alliance Europa Multiblog and has led a workshop on “Blogging: Why and How?” for doctoral students.

He was also one of the organizers of the Colloquium on the impact of Brexit on the Loire region, and of the study day on the contribution of sport to the integration of migrants and refugees in Europe.


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